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
Jay or Julie Michaels, Gardener Albuquerque, New Mexico 2010
Arthur or Anita Belanger, Judge San Antonio, Texas 2015
Pete or Petunia Clark, Farmer's Market Vendor Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2018
Luke or Linda Turlington, Voice Over Artist San Francisco, California 2019
Examples of Previous Props
a helmet Seattle, Washington 2007
art supplies Atlanta, Georgia 2009
a ring Minneapolis, Minnesota 2012
Examples of Previous Lines
What's that supposed to mean? Boston, Massachusetts 2016
Can I get a little peace and quiet? Las Vegas, Nevada 2008
When did this happen? New Hampshire 2013
Please forgive me. It won't happen again. Buffalo, New York 2008
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.