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
Charles or Charlene Crosby, Grocery Store Employee Saint Louis, Missouri 2010
Scott or Scarlett Johnston, Storyteller Baltimore, Maryland 2008
Ted or Thelma Butler, Personal Assistant San Antonio, Texas 2007
Cornelius or Connie Sharkey, Marine Biologist Dublin, Ireland 2014
Examples of Previous Props
a sign Albuquerque, New Mexico 2007
a keychain Orlando, Florida 2008
a rubber band Kansas City, Missouri 2009
a tire or wheel Little Rock, Arkansas 2010
Examples of Previous Lines
From now on, I call the shots. Inland Empire, California 2012
You remind me of my uncle. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2014
That's not right. Denver, Colorado 2011
Terrific. That is just terrific. Orlando, Florida 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.