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
Joan or John Barickle, Architect New York, New York 2019
Les or Lena Olinger, Driving Instructor Minneapolis, Minnesota 2011
Earl or Ellen Frickle, Chair of a Board of Directors Saint Louis, Missouri 2008
Eli or Ella Varennes, Auctioneer Orlando, Florida 2019
Examples of Previous Props
a blender Cleveland, Ohio 2009
a marker New Orleans, Louisiana 2015
Beach Towel San Diego, California 2006
a towel Saint Louis, Missouri 2019
Examples of Previous Lines
She told me it's a secret. Minneapolis, Minnesota 2013
"Why did you do that?" OR "Why'd you do that?" Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2019
Don't look now, we may have trouble. Saint Louis, Missouri 2007
I love days like this. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 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.