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
Ann or Andrew Poplar, Dietician Detroit, Michigan 2008
Lyle or Leslie Sherman, Interpretor Greensboro, North Carolina 2016
Jake or Jane Clark, Student Jacksonville, Florida 2011
Ross or Rosie Stonking, Plumber Portland, Maine 2016
Examples of Previous Props
cheese Seattle, Washington 2013
a tire Baltimore, Maryland 2009
a wrench Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2008
Examples of Previous Lines
"No. That's not what I said." OR "No. That is not what I said." San Jose, California 2017
That doesn't make any sense. Paducah, Kentucky 2012
"That's not how we pronounce it." OR "That is not how we pronounce it." Atlanta, Georgia 2019
I've got places to be. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2012
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.