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
Mark or Mary Kowalski, Outdoor Enthusiast Buffalo, New York 2009
Chris or Christina Emerson, Journalist Charlotte, North Carolina 2014
Samuel or Samantha Washington, District of Columbia 2014
Trevor or Tina Gilmartin, Cook or Chef Washington, District of Columbia 2018
Examples of Previous Props
a broom Saint Louis, Missouri 2011
An antique Salt Lake City, Utah 2019
a box Honolulu, Hawaii 2007
a folding chair New Orleans, Louisiana 2010
Examples of Previous Lines
C'mon. Tell the truth. Hampton Roads, Virginia 2015
That's not the way I heard it. San Antonio, Texas 2012
Watch and learn. Richmond, Virginia 2016
We don't have time for this. Portland, Oregon 2015
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.