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
Jack or Jackie Edwards, Candidate San Antonio, Texas 2012
Susan or Simon Frances, Teacher Houston, Texas 2013
G. Goforth, Competitive Eating Contestant Boston, Massachusetts 2006
Glen or Glenda Travers, House Painter Baltimore, Maryland 2007
Examples of Previous Props
a keychain Orlando, Florida 2008
a pillow Inland Empire, California 2008
a bumper sticker Los Angeles, California 2007
Examples of Previous Lines
"Why didn't you tell me?" Richmond, Virginia 2018
That's not what she said. New Haven, Connecticut 2011
I don't trust her. Asheville, North Carolina 2013
It's your choice. What are you gonna do? Asheville, North Carolina 2014
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.