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
Tim or Tilda Tanner, Forensic Investigator Inland Empire, California 2009
Jason or Janice Strawberry, Realtor Detroit, Michigan 2010
Nelson or Nellie Kilcullen, Delivery Person Hampton Roads, Virginia 2020
Jason or Judy Giordano, Psychic Buffalo, New York 2008
Examples of Previous Props
a photo of Mom and/or Dad Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2013
headphones or earbuds Buffalo, New York 2019
grapes Minneapolis, Minnesota 2016
a journal or diary Little Rock, Arkansas 2014
Examples of Previous Lines
Did you read my tweet? Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2017
When will she be back? Hampton Roads, Virginia 2009
How much is that doggy in the window. Christinaville 2021
Are you OK? Orlando, Florida 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.