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
Frederick or Frieda Laino, Exchange Student Los Angeles, California 2007
Mabel or Matthew Kotik, Gardener New Orleans, Louisiana 2009
Kevin or Katie Keenan, Graphic Designer Houston, Texas 2011
Chad or Chelsea Lattice, Climate Scientist Baltimore, Maryland 2017
Examples of Previous Props
an extension cord Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2019
Headphones Detroit, Michigan 2015
a cell phone Little Rock, Arkansas 2006
Examples of Previous Lines
Thanks for your help. Thanks a lot. Minneapolis, Minnesota 2006
It is what it is. Detroit, Michigan 2008
You can ask her yourself. Richmond, Virginia 2009
When are you going to clean up this mess?? San Francisco, California 2006
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.