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
Dennis or Denise Merino, Mathematician Houston, Texas 2018
Jerry or Jeri Arnold, An Accountant New Orleans, Louisiana 2019
Alex or Alexandra DeVries, graffiti artist Seattle, Washington 2019
Van or Vanessa Sizemore, Cheapskate Cleveland, Ohio 2018
Examples of Previous Props
a flashlight Orlando, Florida 2010
hot sauce Austin, Texas 2021
a french baguette Saint Louis, Missouri 2015
A checkbook Kansas City, Missouri 2020
Examples of Previous Lines
That's not what they had in mind. Portland, Oregon 2013
Where are we going? Savannah, Georgia 2022
What did I do? Madison, Wisconsin 2017
I want to try. Cleveland, Ohio 2010
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.