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
Don or Donna Hastert, Plumber Greensboro, North Carolina 2011
Phil or Phylis Jones, Political Candidate Denver, Colorado 2008
Tam or Tammie Gordon, Poet Hampton Roads, Virginia 2011
G. Goforth, Competitive Eating Contestant Boston, Massachusetts 2006
Examples of Previous Props
an apple Inland Empire, California 2011
a hat Cincinnati, Ohio 2014
a ball Houston, Texas 2009
a trashcan Charlotte, North Carolina 2018
Examples of Previous Lines
What would Elvis do?? San Diego, California 2006
'Let me tell you a secret. Savannah, Georgia 2013
I want to try. Cleveland, Ohio 2010
She should be here any minute. Buffalo, New York 2015
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.