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
Virgil or Vanna Gerbens, Uncle/Aunt Denver, Colorado 2013
Paul or Paula Williams, Restaurant Chef/Cook Minneapolis, Minnesota 2010
Ed or Emma Butler, Travel Agent Hampton Roads, Virginia 2009
John or Jane Cartwell, Detective Saint Louis, Missouri 2018
Examples of Previous Props
junk mail Los Angeles, California 2009
a travel mug Huntsville, Alabama 2016
a crayon San Diego, California 2009
Bubble Wrap Washington, District of Columbia 2017
Examples of Previous Lines
I better not see this on facebook. Chicago, Illinois 2011
There's a $2 service charge. Houston, Texas 2010
That doesn't make any sense. Paducah, Kentucky 2012
What's that supposed to mean? Boston, Massachusetts 2016
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.