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
Christopher or Christine Cherry, Bartender Memphis, Tennessee 2013
Leon or Leona Midnight, Fortune Teller New Haven, Connecticut 2016
Owen or Olivia Nickleby, Illustrator San Antonio, Texas 2013
George or Georgia Davis, Stand-Up Comedian Indianapolis, Indiana 2007
Examples of Previous Props
a disposable cup Greensboro, North Carolina 2018
a briefcase Salt Lake City, Utah 2013
an index card Huntsville, Alabama 2015
a purse Austin, Texas 2011
Examples of Previous Lines
There's a $2 service charge. Houston, Texas 2010
Just wait and see. Salt Lake City, Utah 2008
No way. Absolutely no way. Orlando, Florida 2018
How was I to know? Louisville, Kentucky 2014
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.