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
Ira or Irene Livingston, Dishwasher Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2008
Alex or Alexis Posner, city employee Denver, Colorado 2021
Sam or Samantha Cantwell, Chili Contest Winner Saint Louis, Missouri 2019
Cash or Carly Fitzwater, Best Friend Los Angeles, California 2015
Examples of Previous Props
A Bandana Las Vegas, Nevada 2017
sunglasses Jacksonville, Florida 2016
a letter Richmond, Virginia 2015
a tomato Indianapolis, Indiana 2016
Examples of Previous Lines
How was I supposed to know? Hampton Roads, Virginia 2018
No way. Absolutely no way. Orlando, Florida 2018
You know what I mean? San Diego, California 2013
What can I say? It's the best. San Francisco, California 2014
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.