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
Louis or Louise Grimes, City Employee Chicago, Illinois 2009
Tina or Tim Thackery, Mechanic Hampton Roads, Virginia 2010
Jim or Jane Fonville, Museum Employee New York, New York 2014
Wayne or Wanda Hooper, Collector Baltimore, Maryland 2011
Examples of Previous Props
a chair San Diego, California 2010
an award Hampton Roads, Virginia 2012
a bandage Phoenix, Arizona 2007
ice cream Louisville, Kentucky 2007
Examples of Previous Lines
Why did you do that? Los Angeles, California 2012
What's in it for me? Inland Empire, California 2013
I'm fixing to get started. Greensboro, North Carolina 2008
Don't say I didn't warn you. Nairobi, Kenya 2013
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.