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
Laura or Lee Stephens, electric company employee Albuquerque, New Mexico 2011
Charlie or Charlene Bowers, Waiter/Waitress Amarillo, Texas 2016
Claude or Claudette Green, Guitarist San Francisco, California 2009
Alan or Alana Abercrombie, Hypochondriac Austin, Texas 2012
Examples of Previous Props
a musical instrument Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2014
a bicycle part Portland, Oregon 2015
a banana Austin, Texas 2009
Examples of Previous Lines
Tell me all about it. New York, New York 2012
I looked at it a long time before I saw it. Portland, Oregon 2014
She doesn't understand you like I do. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2016
Wait, that doesn't look right." -OR- "Well, that doesn't look right. Houston, Texas 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.