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
Shawn or Sherri McDonald, mechanic Austin, Texas 2016
Pete or Pam Peterson, Artist Portland, Oregon 2010
Johan or Johanna Bush, hair stylist Seattle, Washington 2020
Lloyd or Lorelei Hart, a student Houston, Texas 2020
Examples of Previous Props
a tie Seattle, Washington 2009
a helmet Providence, Rhode Island 2015
Breakfast Taco Austin, Texas 2017
A Marker Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2017
Examples of Previous Lines
Which way did he go? OR Which way did she go? Hampton Roads, Virginia 2021
Looks like you’re in over your head. Portland, Oregon 2011
Just remember, you didn't hear it from me. Las Vegas, Nevada 2009
"No, that's not right." OR "No, that is not right." Hampton Roads, Virginia 2019
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.