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
Dennis or Denise Merino, Mathematician Houston, Texas 2018
Adam or Alana Nicholson, Door to Door Salesperson Richmond, Virginia 2012
Charlie or Charlene Sparks, Farmer Tampa, Florida 2013
Mike or Marie Martin, Travel Agent Atlanta, Georgia 2007
Examples of Previous Props
a wallet El Paso, Texas 2022
Christmas lights Madison, Wisconsin 2007
A checkbook Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2020
an egg Hampton Roads, Virginia 2016
Examples of Previous Lines
Why am I always first? Richmond, Virginia 2012
Yes! I mean, I hope so. Boston, Massachusetts 2009
"The third time's a charm." OR "The third time is a charm." Richmond, Virginia 2019
"I wish I had a hat like that." Salt Lake City, Utah 2022
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.