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
Mac or Meg McGill, Explorer Portland, Oregon 2011
Denny or Denise Murray, Recruiter Washington, District of Columbia 2012
Alan or Alana Beaumont, Phony Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2009
Kristy or Kyle Brown, Illustrator Seattle, Washington 2009
Examples of Previous Props
flowers Richmond, Virginia 2014
safety glasses Paducah, Kentucky 2011
A Lampshade Providence, Rhode Island 2017
a paper plate Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2014
Examples of Previous Lines
What do you want to know? or Why do you want to know? Minneapolis, Minnesota 2010
It's not mine, I swear. Cleveland, Ohio 2016
What's the matter with you? Or What is the matter with you? Duluth, Minnesota 2019
What time do you get off? Seattle, Washington 2008
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.