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
Todd or Tara Kavendish, Real Estate Agent Missoula, Montana 2019
Chris or Christina Emerson, Journalist Charlotte, North Carolina 2014
Nelson or Nellie Kilcullen, Delivery Person Hampton Roads, Virginia 2020
Laurie or Lance Winnington, Magician Atlanta, Georgia 2019
Examples of Previous Props
a bag Missoula, Montana 2019
a wig Portland, Oregon 2011
an extension cord Columbus, Ohio 2013
a car part Hampton Roads, Virginia 2013
Examples of Previous Lines
"I've never been here before." OR "I have never been here before." Missoula, Montana 2019
How did you do that? Minneapolis, Minnesota 2016
"Where did you hear that?" Atlanta, Georgia 2017
"It's up to you. Make a decision." OR "It is up to you. Make a decision." San Antonio, Texas 2018
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.