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
Billie or Brandon Langevin, Advertising Executive Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2015
Ryan or Rita Coccinelle, Entomologist Saint Louis, Missouri 2007
Benjamin or Bethany Grimes, Professional Organizer New York, New York 2009
Ben or Barbara Jones, Television Personality Greensboro, North Carolina 2006
Examples of Previous Props
Bike Pump Boston, Massachusetts 2006
A pillow San Francisco, California 2006
a marker Austin, Texas 2012
an award Detroit, Michigan 2010
Examples of Previous Lines
"That's not the way I heard it." OR "That is not the way I heard it." Nashville, Tennessee 2018
That's it. Take it or leave it. Madison, Wisconsin 2014
It works for me. Albuquerque, New Mexico 2010
"You missed the point." or "You missed the point." Richmond, Virginia 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.