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
Charlie or Carly Vines, actor Hampton Roads, Virginia 2019
Shorty or Sharon Cook, politician New Hampshire 2011
Owen or Olivia Nickleby, Illustrator San Antonio, Texas 2013
Jimmy or Jenny Redondo, Storyteller Minneapolis, Minnesota 2016
Examples of Previous Props
a hairbrush Houston, Texas 2017
a head of lettuce Columbus, Ohio 2008
a lighter Cleveland, Ohio 2019
a wrapped gift Austin, Texas 2016
Examples of Previous Lines
How did you do that? Cincinnati, Ohio 2015
Why don't you try again? Atlanta, Georgia 2012
I'm just not sure about that. Houston, Texas 2009
What did you do that for? Jacksonville, Florida 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.