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
Rosemary or Roger Lanvin, Baker Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2009
Van or Vanna Trumbull, Detective Providence, Rhode Island 2015
Alex or Alexis Tacaro, Vetrinarian Chicago, Illinois 2018
Danielle or Daniel Lee, Sports Trainer Saint Louis, Missouri 2011
Examples of Previous Props
A sealed envelope Columbus, Ohio 2020
hair dryer Richmond, Virginia 2011
a tape measure Madison, Wisconsin 2016
key chain Indianapolis, Indiana 2017
Examples of Previous Lines
Just doin' my job. Buffalo, New York 2016
On your mark, get set, go! Houston, Texas 2018
"How's that supposed to help?" OR "How is that supposed to help?" Little Rock, Arkansas 2020
?Keep that thing away from me.? San Antonio, Texas 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.