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
Virgil or Vanna Gerbens, Uncle/Aunt Denver, Colorado 2013
John or Janet King, Rock Star Salt Lake City, Utah 2017
Pat or Patricia Nelson, paid driver Washington, District of Columbia 2017
Oscar or Olivia Olmsted, Landscape Designer/Engineer Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2013
Examples of Previous Props
a large plant Columbus, Ohio 2009
Salt shaker Jacksonville, Florida 2017
a stuffed animal Des Moines, Iowa 2013
Examples of Previous Lines
Don't use that one. Cleveland, Ohio 2007
"Oh come on. It's only five bucks." OR " Oh come on. It is only five bucks." Seattle, Washington 2018
That was smooth as butter. Madison, Wisconsin 2007
Tell them she lost it. Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2010
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.