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
Frederick or Frieda Laino, Exchange Student Los Angeles, California 2007
Frank or Frankie Riordan, Student Kansas City, Missouri 2015
Eric or Erin Roddy, Photographer Louisville, Kentucky 2011
Joe or Jolene Ellerby, Gym Teacher Huntsville, Alabama 2015
Examples of Previous Props
a banana Las Vegas, Nevada 2013
a lamp Detroit, Michigan 2008
a folding chair New Orleans, Louisiana 2010
a photo of Mom Des Moines, Iowa 2016
Examples of Previous Lines
"I'm afraid that science proves you wrong." or "I am afraid that science proves you wrong." Austin, Texas 2018
Yes! I mean, I hope so. Boston, Massachusetts 2009
You gotta give me something to work with. Fargo, North Dakota 2009
You're making a big mistake. Paducah, Kentucky 2013
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.