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
Paul or Paula Williams, Restaurant Chef/Cook Minneapolis, Minnesota 2010
Johnny or Joanne Miler, CEO New Orleans, Louisiana 2010
John or Judi Simon, Parent Savannah, Georgia 2012
Amy or Arnold Taylorson, Candidate Orlando, Florida 2016
Examples of Previous Props
a box New Hampshire 2010
Toy Animal Austin, Texas 2016
a bouquet of flowers Lynchburg, Virginia 2017
a balloon Portland, Oregon 2007
Examples of Previous Lines
"Tell me something I don't know." OR "Tell me something I do not know." Paducah, Kentucky 2017
You are not going to believe what happened. San Francisco, California 2010
Oh, really? Tell me more. Indianapolis, Indiana 2015
Why don't you explain it to me. Detroit, Michigan 2009
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.