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
Nelson or Nellie Kilcullen, Delivery Person Hampton Roads, Virginia 2020
Claude or Claudette Green, Guitarist San Francisco, California 2009
Alan or Alana Sarmast, Next Door Neighbor Providence, Rhode Island 2011
Deborah or Donald Gordon, Celebrity Chef Kansas City, Missouri 2013
Examples of Previous Props
an iron Portland, Oregon 2012
a purple object Cincinnati, Ohio 2007
Headphones/Earbuds Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2018
a pillow Madison, Wisconsin 2013
Examples of Previous Lines
"You forgot to mention that little detail." Dallas, Texas 2017
"I don't think that's what it means. OR "I do not think that is what it means." Austin, Texas 2020
We're hoping things will change. Washington, District of Columbia 2009
She told me to tell you, "She's leaving town". OR She told me to tell you, "She is leaving town". Des Moines, Iowa 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.