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
Les or Lena Olinger, Driving Instructor Minneapolis, Minnesota 2011
Tom or Thea Quimby, Gossip Boston, Massachusetts 2007
Thomas or Thelma Ellison, Former Attorney New York, New York 2008
Herman or Henrietta Hill, Millionaire San Diego, California 2016
Examples of Previous Props
a deck of cards Buffalo, New York 2014
a bicycle part Cincinnati, Ohio 2015
a remote control Chicago, Illinois 2013
a fly swatter Seattle, Washington 2014
Examples of Previous Lines
What just happened? San Jose, California 2008
She's not here. Hampton Roads, Virginia 2016
"I won't let it happen again." OR "I will not let it happen again." Columbus, Ohio 2017
You look very familiar. Minneapolis, Minnesota 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.