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
Simon or Simone Willibaster, Inspector Baltimore, Maryland 2010
Brent or Bridget Davenport, Runner-Up Washington, District of Columbia 2015
Clark or Claire Cumberland, Musician or Singer Washington, District of Columbia 2016
Kip or Kim Wallace, Event Planner Los Angeles, California 2018
Examples of Previous Props
a spoon San Diego, California 2007
a plastic storage box Chicago, Illinois 2007
a bell Memphis, Tennessee 2013
a travel mug Huntsville, Alabama 2016
Examples of Previous Lines
What time is it? Indianapolis, Indiana 2010
I was thinking the same thing. Richmond, Virginia 2007
Tell me about it. Minneapolis, Minnesota 2011
Did you read my tweet? Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2017
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.