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
Steve or Stephanie Rivera, Barista Cleveland, Ohio 2014
Joe or Joanna Moroney, Dentist Asheville, North Carolina 2013
Paul or Paula Sangert, IT Specialist New Hampshire 2013
Terry Hansen, Politician's Spin Doctor Sydney, Australia 2008
Examples of Previous Props
a tie Seattle, Washington 2009
a flag Richmond, Virginia 2013
une piège à souris (a mouse trap) Paris, France 2009
a sign (printed) Albuquerque, New Mexico 2007
Examples of Previous Lines
"Do you realize what you're asking me to do?" Paducah, Kentucky 2009
"If you must know, my father told me." New York, New York 2007
"I don't have a clue." San Francisco, California 2012
"It's my first time." New Orleans, Louisiana 2013
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.