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
Lenny or Lenora Chavez, Veterinarian Seattle, Washington 2007
Jason or Jacinda Calmes, Know-It-All Houston, Texas 2017
Fred or Freida Unger, Barber/Beautician Baltimore, Maryland 2014
Sinclair or Sylvia Vandermint, Kleptomaniac Madison, Wisconsin 2013
Examples of Previous Props
a tennis ball New York, New York 2010
a towel Savannah, Georgia 2014
a ticket for travel Dallas, Texas 2012
a rake Kansas City, Missouri 2008
Examples of Previous Lines
I can't believe you just said that. Fargo, North Dakota 2007
Hey, did you hear the news? San Diego, California 2008
Thank you. I'm so happy. Nashville, Tennessee 2013
That's not what she said. New Haven, Connecticut 2011
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.