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
Dylan or Diane Zimmerman, Cook Louisville, Kentucky 2016
Hal or Hannah Trendetto, Science Teacher San Jose, California 2015
Steve or Stephanie Nash, Detective New Haven, Connecticut 2013
Ryan or Rita Coccinelle, Entomologist Saint Louis, Missouri 2007
Examples of Previous Props
a bandage Santa Rosa, California 2013
a wrench Jacksonville, Florida 2018
a teddy bear Houston, Texas 2018
a travel mug Huntsville, Alabama 2016
Examples of Previous Lines
Can you keep a secret? Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2017
I know why you're here. or Cleveland, Ohio 2014
Maybe, just maybe, it will happen again. Detroit, Michigan 2017
You win some, you lose some. Boston, Massachusetts 2010
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.