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
Dwight or Danette Williams, Party Planner Richmond, Virginia 2010
Tony or Tanya Dindle, Blues Musician Memphis, Tennessee 2016
Grant or Gretta Parchley, Former Reality Show Contestant Santa Rosa, California 2013
Sheila or Sherlock Berman, Judge San Jose, California 2010
Examples of Previous Props
a head of cabbage Buffalo, New York 2009
a tomato Portland, Maine 2010
a hairbrush Indianapolis, Indiana 2015
a towel Nashville, Tennessee 2015
Examples of Previous Lines
“As flat as a pancake” Albuquerque, New Mexico 2018
I'm not at all surprised. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2014
Mom hates her. Greensboro, North Carolina 2016
He's been around a time or two. Houston, Texas 2008
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.