Element Assignment Character, Prop & Line Requirements
At the start of the Official Filmmaking Period, each team will receive a character, a prop and a line of dialogue assignment via email.
These elements must be included in your film.
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
Sam or Sally Turnbucket, city employee Tampa, Florida 2018
Mark or Maria Porter, Bus Driver Cleveland, Ohio 2016
Ron or Rhonda Chamberlain, Twin Columbus, Ohio 2015
Alexis or Alan Fleming, Long Distance Runner New Hampshire 2014
Examples of Previous Props
A Manila envelope Chicago, Illinois 2017
a lollipop Denver, Colorado 2016
A sponge Seattle, Washington 2015
a cutting board Columbus, Ohio 2016
Examples of Previous Lines
I meant to tell you a few days ago. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2011
Nevermind. I'll ask someone else. Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2012
We'll just have to wait. Saint Louis, Missouri 2010
"Tell me something I don't know." OR "Tell me something I do not know." Paducah, Kentucky 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.