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
Jordan or Jayla Tillerman, Detective Columbus, Ohio 2019
Simon or Simone Willibaster, Inspector Baltimore, Maryland 2010
Brian or Brianna Chaddington, Physical Therapist Dallas, Texas 2018
Trudy or Trevor Fenderson, Designer Chicago, Illinois 2019
Examples of Previous Props
earphones or ear buds Nashville, Tennessee 2016
bouquet of flowers New Orleans, Louisiana 2008
a wallet Madison, Wisconsin 2018
a handbook/instructions Los Angeles, California 2015
Examples of Previous Lines
I've got a great idea. San Antonio, Texas 2015
Some people say it's unlucky. Little Rock, Arkansas 2011
How did you figure it out? Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2013
How much money are we talking about? Chicago, Illinois 2009
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.