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
Claire or Clarence B. Deluxe, Problem Solver Houston, Texas 2015
Jim or Jamie Walker, Local Historian Kansas City, Missouri 2012
Ray or Rae Roberts, Handyman or Handywoman Madison, Wisconsin 2007
Virgil or Vanna Gerbens, Uncle/Aunt Denver, Colorado 2013
Examples of Previous Props
a wrapped gift Columbus, Ohio 2015
chocolate Boston, Massachusetts 2012
a checkbook Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2008
a key chain Buffalo, New York 2007
Examples of Previous Lines
I wish I knew. I wish I knew. Savannah, Georgia 2016
If you thought today was bad, just wait until tomorrow. Cleveland, Ohio 2018
That's what my Dad always said. OR That is what my Dad always said. Austin, Texas 2018
Okay, I think I got it straight. Portland, Oregon 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.