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
Bert or Betty Didier, Tree Expert Portland, Maine 2007
Thierry or Tami Bison, Interior Decorator New Orleans, Louisiana 2011
Grant or Gretta Parchley, Former Reality Show Contestant Santa Rosa, California 2013
Trip or Trish Gomez, Retired Circus Performer Denver, Colorado 2015
Examples of Previous Props
a racket Dallas, Texas 2022
A tape measure Atlanta, Georgia 2022
a teddy bear Houston, Texas 2018
Examples of Previous Lines
“You get what you pay for.” New Orleans, Louisiana 2015
"You should get that looked at." Seattle, Washington 2017
I barely touched it. Greensboro, North Carolina 2019
I don't recommend it. Saint Louis, Missouri 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.