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
Buddy or Belle Edwards, Truck Driver Denver, Colorado 2006
Matt or Maggie Moreland, Chef New Haven, Connecticut 2011
Louis or Louise Ledbetter, Neighborhood Busybody Baltimore, Maryland 2012
Sid or Susan Dionne, Restaurant Owner Asheville, North Carolina 2006
Examples of Previous Props
A pillow San Francisco, California 2006
A balloon Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2017
a notebook New York, New York 2012
a magnet Boston, Massachusetts 2009
Examples of Previous Lines
Whatever happened to her? Tampa, Florida 2012
Some people say it's unlucky. Little Rock, Arkansas 2011
Now I've seen everything. Honolulu, Hawaii 2008
Whatever you do… don’t fall asleep. Cleveland, Ohio 2017
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.