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
Desdemona or Dexter Taylor, Psychology Professor Cleveland, Ohio 2011
Hilda or Harold Pineda, Elected Official Asheville, North Carolina 2012
Ted or Tina Fleming, Doctor Albuquerque, New Mexico 2009
Dr. Clark or Claire Larson, Plastic Surgeon New Hampshire 2010
Examples of Previous Props
broom Denver, Colorado 2011
an automobile part Nashville, Tennessee 2007
a broom Saint Louis, Missouri 2011
chocolate Boston, Massachusetts 2012
Examples of Previous Lines
You're not going to believe what I just heard. New York, New York 2009
That's what I want to know. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2012
Are you stark raving mad? Brisbane, Australia 2009
You've changed, I don't like you anymore. Beirut, Lebanon 2012
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.