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
Joe or Joanne Taylor, Nightshift Worker Greensboro, North Carolina 2007
Deborah or Donald Gordon, Celebrity Chef Kansas City, Missouri 2013
Sidney or Cynthia Vintia, Meteorologist Atlanta, Georgia 2008
Mr. or Mrs. Danoff, Substitute Teacher Columbus, Ohio 2011
Examples of Previous Props
Scarf New Hampshire 2012
Christmas lights Madison, Wisconsin 2007
a clipboard Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2006
flowers Richmond, Virginia 2014
Examples of Previous Lines
I know a thing or two. New Orleans, Louisiana 2008
Wait, that doesn't look right." -OR- "Well, that doesn't look right. Houston, Texas 2017
I can't believe it. or I cannot believe it. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2012
I can't get it out of my head Albuquerque, New Mexico 2011
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.