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
Monte or Monica Chaney, Hairstylist Providence, Rhode Island 2008
Griffin or Gretta Fletcher, Thief Kansas City, Missouri 2010
Wendell or Wendy Tancuzo, Executive Director Madison, Wisconsin 2017
Stanley or Stacy Draper, Former Priest/Nun Greensboro, North Carolina 2017
Examples of Previous Props
a turkey baster Indianapolis, Indiana 2019
an ashtray Asheville, North Carolina 2008
a 3 ring binder Indianapolis, Indiana 2012
a hairbrush Indianapolis, Indiana 2015
Examples of Previous Lines
Why didn't you tell me? Providence, Rhode Island 2018
I hope they decide soon. Minneapolis, Minnesota 2009
I did that last time. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2007
How was I supposed to know? Hampton Roads, Virginia 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.