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
Kevin or Kristen O'Mara, Home Inspector Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2007
Chris or Christy Smith, Whistle Blower Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2010
Josh or Jocelyn Accrodo, Barista Inland Empire, California 2013
Lance or Lora Altman, Athlete San Diego, California 2011
Examples of Previous Props
a banana Austin, Texas 2009
a wrapped gift Jackson, Mississippi 2012
a mirror Portland, Oregon 2014
a large plant Columbus, Ohio 2009
Examples of Previous Lines
Can I get a little help, please? Nashville, Tennessee 2007
I wouldn't count on it. San Antonio, Texas 2011
It's your choice. What are you gonna do? Asheville, North Carolina 2014
That doesn't make any sense. Paducah, Kentucky 2012
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.