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
Glen or Glenda Travers, House Painter Baltimore, Maryland 2007
Adam or Anya Vickers, Delivery Person Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2015
Ross or Rose Gillen, Upholsterer/Furniture Maker San Antonio, Texas 2011
Jalen or Jada Gallery, Nurse Denver, Colorado 2020
Examples of Previous Props
a rubber band Kansas City, Missouri 2009
clothes pin Seattle, Washington 2017
A family heirloom Las Vegas, Nevada 2015
a phone charger New Orleans, Louisiana 2013
Examples of Previous Lines
How do I look? Richmond, Virginia 2010
"I want to say, "yes", but no." OR "I wanna say, "yes", but no." Inland Empire, California 2020
Don't tell me what to do. Austin, Texas 2011
Who wants to know? Tampa, Florida 2018
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.