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
Elizabeth or Evan Greene, Gardner Nashville, Tennessee 2022
Jared or Jayla Norris, County Employee Jackson, Mississippi 2014
Walter or Wendy Buckley, Locksmith Austin, Texas 2015
Joe or Josie Beeble, Construction Worker San Diego, California 2008
Examples of Previous Props
a cell phone San Diego, California 2012
teacup and saucer Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2007
a spice Orlando, Florida 2018
flowers Kansas City, Missouri 2012
Examples of Previous Lines
"You should get that looked at." Seattle, Washington 2017
Can you tell me what this is? Cleveland, Ohio 2018
"No. That's not what I said." OR "No. That is not what I said." San Jose, California 2017
"Interesting theory. Where's your proof?" OR "Interesting theory. Where is your proof?" Kansas City, Missouri 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.