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
Todd or Tara Kavendish, Real Estate Agent Missoula, Montana 2019
Nate or Natalie Wardman, Retired Police Officer Louisville, Kentucky 2006
Allen or Annie Smithee, Scientist Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2014
Tim or Tilda Tanner, Forensic Investigator Inland Empire, California 2009
Examples of Previous Props
peanut butter San Jose, California 2007
Headphones Detroit, Michigan 2015
an envelope Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2015
Lawn Ornament Baltimore, Maryland 2016
Examples of Previous Lines
Well, that was a lie. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2019
His instructions are very clear. Salt Lake City, Utah 2013
It's not what you think it is. Saint Louis, Missouri 2014
How did you do that? Minneapolis, Minnesota 2016
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.