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
Jim or Janice Rhodes, A Phony Little Rock, Arkansas 2016
Joe or Joanne Taylor, Nightshift Worker Greensboro, North Carolina 2007
Frank or Frankie Riordan, Student Kansas City, Missouri 2015
Mitch or Michelle Stockridge, Chef Jacksonville, Florida 2015
Examples of Previous Props
An egg Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2020
a roll of toilet paper Cincinnati, Ohio 2008
A wrapped gift Wilmington, North Carolina 2022
a shopping bag Saint Louis, Missouri 2006
Examples of Previous Lines
We appreciate your business. Jacksonville, Florida 2008
We need to get going. Nashville, Tennessee 2012
Beggars can't be choosers. Jackson, Mississippi 2014
"I'll have it ready by tomorrow." OR "I will have it ready by tomorrow." Detroit, Michigan 2018
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.