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
Ms. or Mr. Perkinson, Substitute Teacher Minneapolis, Minnesota 2008
Jacqueline or Jeremiah Jones, Teacher Boston, Massachusetts 2014
Alex or Alice Gomm, County Employee San Diego, California 2007
Chris or Christie Bowdoen, Former Olympic Athlete Columbus, Ohio 2016
Examples of Previous Props
Cell Phone New York, New York 2020
a tie Seattle, Washington 2009
cheese Seattle, Washington 2013
A Clock Albuquerque, New Mexico 2017
Examples of Previous Lines
It's BYOB, so you know what that means. Austin, Texas 2013
"I won't let it happen again." OR "I will not let it happen again." Columbus, Ohio 2017
It can't possibly be this easy. Atlanta, Georgia 2015
Hey, did you hear the news? San Diego, California 2008
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.