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
Sam or Samantha Cantwell, Chili Contest Winner Saint Louis, Missouri 2019
Mike or Michaela Maldari, Musician Providence, Rhode Island 2010
Linda or Lincoln Tendetti, Cartoonist Albuquerque, New Mexico 2021
Denny or Denise Murray, Recruiter Washington, District of Columbia 2012
Examples of Previous Props
A wallet Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2021
a towel Savannah, Georgia 2014
a garden hose Charlotte, North Carolina 2015
A sealed envelope Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2020
Examples of Previous Lines
Hug me close and call me ?Sugar'. Greensboro, North Carolina 2007
"I'm not interested." OR "I am not interested." Paducah, Kentucky 2019
Go ahead, walk all over me. Nashville, Tennessee 2006
"I'll be right back." OR "I will be right back." Cincinnati, Ohio 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.