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
Noah or Noa Reuben, baker Seattle, Washington 2018
Wendell or Wendy Tancuzo, Executive Director Madison, Wisconsin 2017
Melvin or Melissa Lyons, Furniture Maker Portland, Maine 2008
Robert or Robin Leonard, Smooth Talker Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2009
Examples of Previous Props
a marker New Orleans, Louisiana 2015
An extension cord Buffalo, New York 2017
a nail file Seattle, Washington 2008
a balloon Portland, Oregon 2007
Examples of Previous Lines
I'm fixing to get started. Greensboro, North Carolina 2008
Sounds cool. Tell me more. Portland, Maine 2014
I know why you're here. or Cleveland, Ohio 2014
"I'm afraid that science proves you wrong." or "I am afraid that science proves you wrong." Austin, Texas 2018
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.