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
Sherman or Sharon Brown, Recently Unemployed Houston, Texas 2010
Chad or Chelsea Lattice, Climate Scientist Baltimore, Maryland 2017
Rob or Robyn Sarvis, Travel Specialist Madison, Wisconsin 2019
Laura or Lance Munstead, Waiter Columbus, Ohio 2020
Examples of Previous Props
a bottle of wine Dallas, Texas 2010
a present Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2009
a tomato Indianapolis, Indiana 2016
bouquet of flowers New Orleans, Louisiana 2008
Examples of Previous Lines
Did you hear the news? Inland Empire, California 2019
I need to leave in a minute. Baltimore, Maryland 2009
"That's what they told me." OR "That is what they told me." Louisville, Kentucky 2018
"You owe me a dollar." Lynchburg, Virginia 2017
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.