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
Bob or Barbara Barnes, yoga instructor Seattle, Washington 2018
Phil or Phoebe Hendwind, Substitute Teacher Portland, Maine 2015
Ed or Emily Kaye, Professional Organizer Austin, Texas 2006
Ramona or Ramon Perez, Cat Behavior Specialist Albuquerque, New Mexico 2016
Examples of Previous Props
knife, fork and spoon Richmond, Virginia 2017
a coffee pot or coffee maker Providence, Rhode Island 2009
a book end Portland, Maine 2007
Examples of Previous Lines
I can't tell you. It's a secret. OR I cannot tell you. It is a secret. Saint Louis, Missouri 2018
Are you sure? New York, New York 2010
No way. Never again. Seattle, Washington 2014
Uncle Bill gave me good advice. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2020
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.