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
Paul or Paula Woopern, Champion Athlete Charlotte, North Carolina 2013
Bob or Barbara Maloney, lawyer Little Rock, Arkansas 2006
Jason or Judy Giordano, Psychic Buffalo, New York 2008
Mr. or Ms. Moran, Substitute Teacher Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2013
Examples of Previous Props
a towel Saint Louis, Missouri 2019
a shoelace Cleveland, Ohio 2008
a sleeping bag Charlotte, North Carolina 2014
Examples of Previous Lines
“Your place or mine?” Austin, Texas 2016
Watch and learn. Madison, Wisconsin 2012
Do what you want to do. New York, New York 2011
"Why won't you tell me?" Little Rock, Arkansas 2017
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.