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
Bert or Betty Didier, Tree Expert Portland, Maine 2007
Dylan or Diane Zimmerman, Cook Louisville, Kentucky 2016
Charles or Charlene Bishop, Administrative Assistant Kansas City, Missouri 2008
Bobby or Betty Bulmer, Farmer/Gardener Minneapolis, Minnesota 2013
Examples of Previous Props
strawberries Kansas City, Missouri 2015
a receipt Boston, Massachusetts 2008
a stapler Salt Lake City, Utah 2018
a box of tissues San Antonio, Texas 2015
Examples of Previous Lines
Where have I heard that before? New Haven, Connecticut 2018
We need to get going. Nashville, Tennessee 2012
I'm just not sure about that. Houston, Texas 2009
When did you get here? Jacksonville, Florida 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.