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
Gil or Gigi Walters, Retired Military Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2010
Joe or Josephine O'Kane, Commissioner San Jose, California 2012
Scott or Scarlett Johnston, Storyteller Baltimore, Maryland 2008
James or Jessica Banks, doctor Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2018
Examples of Previous Props
a ball Louisville, Kentucky 2012
a belt Austin, Texas 2019
a shopping bag Saint Louis, Missouri 2006
An egg Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2020
Examples of Previous Lines
That's exactly what she said. Albuquerque, New Mexico 2007
It's never going to be the same. Portland, Maine 2008
That's what I want to know. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2012
If you thought today was bad, just wait until tomorrow. Cleveland, Ohio 2018
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.