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
Simon or Sandy Taggert, Chess Player Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2011
Holly or Horatio Baldwin, Activist Portland, Maine 2009
Trevor or Taylor Wagshall, government employee Atlanta, Georgia 2021
Paul or Pearl Duncan, Driver Nashville, Tennessee 2011
Examples of Previous Props
a thermometer Seattle, Washington 2016
a bicycle or bike part Orlando, Florida 2021
a child's block Austin, Texas 2008
a traffic cone Seattle, Washington 2012
Examples of Previous Lines
Step aside, we've got to get through. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2006
What do you say now? Paducah, Kentucky 2018
"Now it's your turn." or "Now it is your turn." Nashville, Tennessee 2019
Stop. Too much information. Kansas City, Missouri 2021
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.