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
Jake or Jane Clark, Student Jacksonville, Florida 2011
Alex or Alexa Berbrick, Inspector Washington, District of Columbia 2013
Bonnie or Brian Higgins, Inventor Boston, Massachusetts 2013
Claude or Claudette Gascomb, Cook Little Rock, Arkansas 2008
Examples of Previous Props
a lightbulb Houston, Texas 2008
fast food catsup or mustard packet Miami, Florida 2011
a canteloupe New Hampshire 2013
Examples of Previous Lines
Can you tell me what just happened? Las Vegas, Nevada 2013
Hug me close and call me Greensboro, North Carolina 2007
Don't tell her, whatever you do. Edinburgh, United Kingdom 2010
If you need anything, don't call me. Toronto, Canada 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.