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
Victor or Virginia Lambe, Illustrator Orlando, Florida 2009
Frank or Fiona Ruark, Musician Austin, Texas 2017
Simon or Sandy Taggert, Chess Player Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2011
Brent or Bridget Davenport, Runner-Up Washington, District of Columbia 2015
Examples of Previous Props
a laptop San Jose, California 2010
a wrapped present Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2012
a flashlight Richmond, Virginia 2012
a key Dallas, Texas 2015
Examples of Previous Lines
Stop asking me. Saint Louis, Missouri 2020
I know exactly where this is going. Greensboro, North Carolina 2018
Let's just say it's not my favorite. Buffalo, New York 2013
From now on, you call the shots. Jacksonville, Florida 2011
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.