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
Scott or Scarlett Johnston, Storyteller Baltimore, Maryland 2008
Pete or Peggy Wiltz, Architect Richmond, Virginia 2014
Mickey or Michelle Sellers, Criminal New York, New York 2011
Alan or Alana Beaumont, Phony Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2009
Examples of Previous Props
lipstick or chapstick New York, New York 2014
a leash Buffalo, New York 2016
a chair San Jose, California 2011
an auto part Savannah, Georgia 2015
Examples of Previous Lines
"I can't do it without you." OR "I cannot do it without you." Buffalo, New York 2018
She never liked me. Los Angeles, California 2020
Hold on a minute. What's your hurry? Hampton Roads, Virginia 2014
Are you OK? Orlando, Florida 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.