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
Alex or Ashley Mahoney. Tour Guide San Francisco, California 2014
Tommy or Tammy Simon, Podcast Celebrity Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2019
Jim or Janice Rhodes, A Phony Little Rock, Arkansas 2016
Calvin or Caroline Deedle, Taxi Driver Honolulu, Hawaii 2008
Examples of Previous Props
a roll of paper towels Buffalo, New York 2015
a hairbrush Indianapolis, Indiana 2015
a spice Orlando, Florida 2018
a three-ring binder Louisville, Kentucky 2009
Examples of Previous Lines
There must be something in your ear. Seattle, Washington 2013
For crying out loud. Portland, Oregon 2009
I wish I knew. I wish I knew. Savannah, Georgia 2016
"If I speak, I'm in big trouble." OR "If I speak, I am in big trouble." Washington, District of Columbia 2020
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.