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
Megan or Pete Van Gibb, Bride or Groom Tampa, Florida 2007
Wilma or Winston Weatherbee, Gardener Boston, Massachusetts 2010
Tim or Tina Walton, Receptionist Albuquerque, New Mexico 2008
Ira or Irene Livingston, Dishwasher Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2008
Examples of Previous Props
a lightbulb Portland, Maine 2015
A Coffee Mug Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2015
a notebook Denver, Colorado 2015
Bike Pump Boston, Massachusetts 2006
Examples of Previous Lines
Where did he go? San Jose, California 2015
"I don't believe a word you're saying." OR "I do not believe a word you are saying." San Jose, California 2019
Are you OK? Lynchburg, Virginia 2020
How about a quick game? Indianapolis, Indiana 2019
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.