Element Assignment Character, Prop & Line Requirements
At the Kickoff Event we will announce a character, a prop and a line of dialogue just a few minutes before the Official Filmmaking Period begins.
These elements must be included in your film.
The elements will vary from city to city, but in each location ALL teams will have the same required elements. It's up to each team to decide how to integrate them into their own film. Teams compete for most creative use of these elements.
Examples of Previous Characters
Matt or Maggie Moreland, Chef New Haven, Connecticut 2011
Jalen or Jada Gallery, Nurse Denver, Colorado 2020
Jane or John Tennally, Bar, Restaurant or Tavern Owner Washington, District of Columbia 2021
Dennis or Denise Smith, Assistant Columbus, Ohio 2013
Examples of Previous Props
knife, fork and spoon Richmond, Virginia 2017
A spatula Louisville, Kentucky 2018
a watch New Hampshire 2011
Examples of Previous Lines
There's no way that's gonna work. Cincinnati, Ohio 2008
I want to try. Cleveland, Ohio 2010
Take it easy, bro. New York, New York 2020
"You forgot to mention that little detail." Dallas, Texas 2017
The required line of dialogue must be heard or seen - it may be written. It may be in a foreign language; however if it is not clear that this is the required line, it should be translated.
The required character does not have to be the star, but we must actually see him/her on the screen. Name tags, etc. are not necessary so long as the audience can infer who he/she is.
The required prop must be seen, and it should be used in your film in some way.
Adherence to Assignment
Did you know judges base part of their scores on a film’s adherence to assignment? This refers to the genre and required elements.
Elements in Credits Do Not Count
The required elements must appear in the story of your film. Use of the elements only in the end credits will NOT fulfill the requirement.