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
Gretta or Greg Maisel, Waiter Salt Lake City, Utah 2015
Don or Donna Hastert, Plumber Greensboro, North Carolina 2011
R. Thomas, Athlete Minneapolis, Minnesota 2012
Buddy or Belle Edwards, Truck Driver Denver, Colorado 2006
Examples of Previous Props
a ball Louisville, Kentucky 2012
a sign Albuquerque, New Mexico 2007
a pitcher New Haven, Connecticut 2012
Examples of Previous Lines
"And they said it couldn't be done." OR "And they said it could not be done." Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2020
"My recommendation is don't do it." OR "My recommendation is do not do it." Louisville, Kentucky 2020
I was thinking the same thing. New York, New York 2021
"What’s the worst thing you did as a kid?" OR "What is the worst thing you did as a kid?" Cleveland, Ohio 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.