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
Chico or Cha Cha Rodriguez, ballroom dancer Richmond, Virginia 2019
Wendy or Wyatt McGovern, entrepreneur Kansas City, Missouri 2018
Zach or Zinnia Needham, Takeout Delivery Person Austin, Texas 2008
Zoltar or Zelda Nickelson, Fortune Teller Little Rock, Arkansas 2014
Examples of Previous Props
a lollipop New Haven, Connecticut 2016
teacup and saucer Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2007
a pillow Madison, Wisconsin 2013
a coffee mug New York, New York 2011
Examples of Previous Lines
Hug me close and call me ?Sugar'. Greensboro, North Carolina 2007
What's that supposed to mean? Boston, Massachusetts 2016
From now on you call the shots. Richmond, Virginia 2011
Tell me what you know. Buffalo, New York 2010
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.