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
Jarod or Janice Puller, Officer Houston, Texas 2009
Muthu or Mala Maniam, Politician Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2012
Ben or Beatrice Clooney, Twin New Orleans, Louisiana 2008
Buddy or Babby Kant, Philosophy Instructor Madison, Wisconsin 2008
Examples of Previous Props
nail clippers Austin, Texas 2014
a black marker Beirut, Lebanon 2014
tissue paper / paper napkin New Delhi, India 2014
Examples of Previous Lines
You've changed, I don't like you anymore. Beirut, Lebanon 2012
Some people say it's unlucky. Little Rock, Arkansas 2011
When will she be back? Hampton Roads, Virginia 2009
Since when is this all about me? Jacksonville, Florida 2007
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.