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
Kelly Cartier, School Administrator Albuquerque, New Mexico 2015
Zoltar or Zelda Nickelson, Fortune Teller Little Rock, Arkansas 2014
Paula or Paul Grigsby, Collector Buffalo, New York 2018
Bill or Belinda Rainey, Talent Show Winner Paducah, Kentucky 2014
Examples of Previous Props
fake money Albuquerque, New Mexico 2016
Hand sanitizer Dallas, Texas 2020
A Children's Book New Haven, Connecticut 2018
broom Denver, Colorado 2011
Examples of Previous Lines
"I'm not interested." OR "I am not interested." Paducah, Kentucky 2019
"Do you have a package for me?" Des Moines, Iowa 2021
"Too bad. Better luck next time." Nashville, Tennessee 2020
That's why I came. Washington, District of Columbia 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.