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
Nick or Nora Bellman, farmers market worker Greensboro, North Carolina 2019
Ray or Rae Vanheusen, wedding planner New York, New York 2021
Chris or Christy Bowen, Sailor Hampton Roads, Virginia 2012
Bill or Belinda Rainey, Talent Show Winner Paducah, Kentucky 2014
Examples of Previous Props
a snow globe San Francisco, California 2013
a broom Saint Louis, Missouri 2011
a large plant Columbus, Ohio 2009
Examples of Previous Lines
Take it or leave it. Salt Lake City, Utah 2020
"Here's my number. Give me a call." OR "Here is my number. Give me a call." Detroit, Michigan 2020
"Don't panic. Keep going." OR "Do not panic. Keep going." Reno, Nevada 2021
"I can't hear you." OR "I cannot hear you." New York, New York 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.