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 Susie Simon, Inventor Buffalo, New York 2007
Max or Marie Otterbein, Waiter/Waitress New Hampshire 2009
Mike or Michaela Maldari, Musician Providence, Rhode Island 2010
Sam or Sarah Joel, Expert Los Angeles, California 2014
Examples of Previous Props
a decorative pin Inland Empire, California 2009
a bottle of bright red nail polish Albuquerque, New Mexico 2014
a roll of toilet paper Cincinnati, Ohio 2008
an award Hampton Roads, Virginia 2012
Examples of Previous Lines
Ag, no man! Cape Town, South Africa 2012
He said he would be right back. New Orleans, Louisiana 2010
Are you sure? New York, New York 2010
Have you ever seen anything like it? Saint Louis, Missouri 2009
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.