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
Lorraine or Larry Chetta, Spy New Orleans, Louisiana 2018
Winston or Wilma Weatherbee, Auctioneer Cincinnati, Ohio 2008
Ellie or Ethan St. John, President New York, New York 2010
Shorty Mitchell, PE Teacher Jacksonville, Florida 2018
Examples of Previous Props
A hat--not a baseball cap Kansas City, Missouri 2017
a calendar Madison, Wisconsin 2011
sunglasses Richmond, Virginia 2019
A chair Asheville, North Carolina 2017
Examples of Previous Lines
“You get what you pay for.” New Orleans, Louisiana 2015
What do we have here? Little Rock, Arkansas 2012
"I don't think that's what it means. OR "I do not think that is what it means." Austin, Texas 2020
"Next time you won't be so lucky." OR "Next time you will not be so lucky." San Diego, California 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.