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
Jacob or Jasmine Alexander, Chef or Cook Houston, Texas 2012
Tim or Tina Flagler, Unemployed Musician Baltimore, Maryland 2009
Bryce or Brittany Felton, Substitute Teacher San Francisco, California 2017
Charlene or Charlie Rudachek, President Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2019
Examples of Previous Props
a hula hoop Baltimore, Maryland 2011
teacup and saucer Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2007
a remote control Kansas City, Missouri 2016
a broom Des Moines, Iowa 2015
Examples of Previous Lines
"It's up to you. Make a decision." OR "It is up to you. Make a decision." San Antonio, Texas 2018
"We only have a few minutes." Los Angeles, California 2017
What's that smell? Louisville, Kentucky 2010
Do you believe her? Denver, Colorado 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.