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
Tommy or Tina Darnes, Mechanic Asheville, North Carolina 2011
Al or Alana Crofton, relative of a famous person Salt Lake City, Utah 2012
Reno or Rebecca England, Pyrotechnics Engineer Tampa, Florida 2011
Shawn or Sharon Middleton, Wordsmith Boston, Massachusetts 2015
Examples of Previous Props
an orange Seattle, Washington 2010
Medicine Baltimore, Maryland 2006
a suitcase Madison, Wisconsin 2012
blue painter's tape Des Moines, Iowa 2008
Examples of Previous Lines
You know I hate shortcuts. Atlanta, Georgia 2016
I hope they decide soon. Minneapolis, Minnesota 2009
That looks like fun. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2014
"I can't wait." OR "I cannot wait." Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2017
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.