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
Sylvester or Sylvia Barlow, Classical Musician Richmond, Virginia 2008
Jim or Janine Spanwell, Spokesperson Madison, Wisconsin 2015
Zach or Zinnia Needham, Takeout Delivery Person Austin, Texas 2008
Dan or Danielle Sagan, Debt Collector San Francisco, California 2011
Examples of Previous Props
a kite Portland, Maine 2011
auto part Providence, Rhode Island 2012
a plate Chicago, Illinois 2015
a cell phone San Diego, California 2012
Examples of Previous Lines
I hate to say I told you so. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2013
Do you even know what that means? Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2009
Why don't you try again? Atlanta, Georgia 2012
I'd like to make a suggestion. Cincinnati, Ohio 2013
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.