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
Alan or Alana Sarmast, Next Door Neighbor Providence, Rhode Island 2011
Lyle or Leslie Sherman, Interpretor Greensboro, North Carolina 2016
Carson or Carly Benedetta, artist Savannah, Georgia 2019
Tim or Tilda Tanner, Forensic Investigator Inland Empire, California 2009
Examples of Previous Props
a belt Austin, Texas 2019
Safety Glasses/Safety Goggles San Jose, California 2019
a horn Little Rock, Arkansas 2013
Examples of Previous Lines
I need your help. Madison, Wisconsin 2016
Why does everything always happen to me? Washington, District of Columbia 2018
"I'm sorry. I don't remember your name." OR "I am sorry. I do not remember your name." Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2018
Your guess is as good as mine. Salt Lake City, Utah 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.