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
Heath or Heather Torres, fitness instructor Albuquerque, New Mexico 2018
Nate or Nathalie Bellevue, "How To" Author Baltimore, Maryland 2022
Danny or Danielle Vinton, Illustrator Memphis, Tennessee 2015
Alex or Alexis Filbert, Champion Los Angeles, California 2009
Examples of Previous Props
matches New Haven, Connecticut 2022
Headphones Detroit, Michigan 2015
Examples of Previous Lines
“Try it. What have you got to lose?” Columbus, Ohio 2015
Say it like you mean it, baby. Little Rock, Arkansas 2007
"This is for you." Atlanta, Georgia 2018
"I want to say, "yes", but no." OR "I wanna say, "yes", but no." Inland Empire, California 2020
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.