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
Jason or Jill Myers, Veterinarian Minneapolis, Minnesota 2007
Chico or Cha Cha Rodriguez, ballroom dancer Richmond, Virginia 2019
Nick or Nicki Anders, Electrician Orlando, Florida 2011
Alan or Alana Beaumont, Phony Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2009
Examples of Previous Props
ice cream Louisville, Kentucky 2007
umbrella Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2011
Salt shaker Jacksonville, Florida 2017
a plastic storage box Chicago, Illinois 2007
Examples of Previous Lines
What am I going to do about this guy? Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2012
He never tells me anything. Tampa, Florida 2013
'There's not much time. Denver, Colorado 2015
I'm taking it one day at a time. Washington, District of Columbia 2011
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.