Element Assignment Character, Prop & Line Requirements
At the start of the Official Filmmaking Period, each team will receive a character, a prop and a line of dialogue assignment via email.
These elements must be included in your film.
The elements will vary from timezone to timezone, 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
Jonathan or Janice Simon, Professor Tampa, Florida 2012
Megan or Pete Van Gibb, Bride or Groom Tampa, Florida 2007
Arthur or Arlene Zinnia, Acupuncturist Cincinnati, Ohio 2011
Thelma or Thud Taylor, person of action Boston, Massachusetts 2018
Examples of Previous Props
a cupcake Baltimore, Maryland 2013
a thermometer Seattle, Washington 2016
a 3 ring binder Indianapolis, Indiana 2012
a wrapped gift Portland, Maine 2016
Examples of Previous Lines
Hold on, let me write that down. Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2008
What are you working on? or Watcha working on? Providence, Rhode Island 2011
My motto? Mind your own business. Las Vegas, Nevada 2011
The devil is in the details. Washington, District of Columbia 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.