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 Stella Fogarty, Electrician Nashville, Tennessee 2007
Denise or David Stott, Athletic Coach Los Angeles, California 2012
Ms. or Mr. Perkinson, Substitute Teacher Minneapolis, Minnesota 2008
Melvin or Megan Cashion, Dentist Fargo, North Dakota 2012
Examples of Previous Props
a cupcake New Orleans, Louisiana 2011
a box Honolulu, Hawaii 2007
a horn Little Rock, Arkansas 2013
Examples of Previous Lines
"You have got to be kidding me." OR "You've got to be kidding me." Louisville, Kentucky 2017
I saw one of those yesterday. San Diego, California 2014
Who are you talking to? Cleveland, Ohio 2012
That's one way of doing it. Chicago, Illinois 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.