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
Sam or Sarah Biloxie, Painter Lynchburg, Virginia 2016
Cooper or Caitlin O'Brien, Dog Walker Indianapolis, Indiana 2010
Len or Lynn Pellaton, Factory Worker Cincinnati, Ohio 2009
Debbie or Dylan Chaucer, Vacation Lodging Owner Portland, Maine 2010
Examples of Previous Props
a cell phone San Diego, California 2012
Lawn Ornament Baltimore, Maryland 2016
a teddy bear Houston, Texas 2018
a mug Chicago, Illinois 2010
Examples of Previous Lines
Can you tell me what this is? Cleveland, Ohio 2018
When did that happen? Portland, Maine 2016
Stop talking, start doing. Las Vegas, Nevada 2016
Can I get a little help, please? Nashville, Tennessee 2007
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.