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
Charlie or Charlene Bitters, Author Austin, Texas 2016
Bob or Barbara Barnes, yoga instructor Seattle, Washington 2018
Vic or Vicki Putterman, Environmentalist Asheville, North Carolina 2007
Steve or Stephanie Rivera, Barista Cleveland, Ohio 2014
Examples of Previous Props
a keychain Orlando, Florida 2008
a roll of toilet paper Cincinnati, Ohio 2008
a coffee pot or coffee maker Providence, Rhode Island 2009
Examples of Previous Lines
Don't just stand there. Move it. New Hampshire 2009
Now you're making sense. Greensboro, North Carolina 2009
What's the big idea? or Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2016
What do you want to know? or Why do you want to know? Minneapolis, Minnesota 2010
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.