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
Matt or Maggie Michaels, Musician Madison, Wisconsin 2011
Marco or Muffin Gabbowitz, a person who works with animals Washington, District of Columbia 2010
Chuck or Chelsea Raynal, Printer Asheville, North Carolina 2008
Charles or Charlene Little, Actor Nashville, Tennessee 2009
Examples of Previous Props
a trash can/waste basket Portland, Maine 2013
a birthday candle Little Rock, Arkansas 2007
a soccer ball Chicago, Illinois 2006
an orange Seattle, Washington 2010
Examples of Previous Lines
Who are you talking to? Cleveland, Ohio 2012
I don't recommend it. Saint Louis, Missouri 2013
Let's call it a day. Des Moines, Iowa 2013
Somebody has to take out the garbage. Indianapolis, Indiana 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.