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
Darla or Duane Debuchy, retired athlete Duluth, Minnesota 2019
Earnest or Evelyn Cheltenham, College Professor Paducah, Kentucky 2018
John or Joan Charles, Energy Consultant Madison, Wisconsin 2009
Gabriel or Gabriela Cortez, computer programmer Cleveland, Ohio 2016
Examples of Previous Props
a cardboard box San Diego, California 2018
a purse Indianapolis, Indiana 2013
Bubble Wrap Greensboro, North Carolina 2006
a wallet Los Angeles, California 2017
Examples of Previous Lines
Mom hates her. Greensboro, North Carolina 2016
Why didn't you tell me? Providence, Rhode Island 2018
"If you never try, you'll never know" OR "If you never try, you will never know." Los Angeles, California 2019
"I'm looking for a friend of mine." OR "I am looking for a friend of mine." Chicago, Illinois 2019
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.