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
Paul or Paula Percival, Retired Athlete Greensboro, North Carolina 2014
Steve or Stella Fogarty, Electrician Nashville, Tennessee 2007
Shorty or Sharon Cook, politician New Hampshire 2011
Sabrina or Stuart Oliver, Architect Toronto, Canada 2009
Examples of Previous Props
a pair of pliers Minneapolis, Minnesota 2010
a piece of chalk Sydney, Australia 2011
paint San Antonio, Texas 2008
Examples of Previous Lines
Be true to your word. New Hampshire 2011
Well, that certainly changes things. Singapore 2010
You can do better than that! Chennai, India 2013
We don't have time for this. Portland, Maine 2007
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.