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
Don or Dawn Dieter, Zoo Employee Des Moines, Iowa 2006
Rick or Rhonda Everett, Travel Specialist Cleveland, Ohio 2012
John or Joan Charles, Energy Consultant Madison, Wisconsin 2009
Rosalie or Roman Rodriguez, Tightwad Albuquerque, New Mexico 2013
Examples of Previous Props
house plant Baltimore, Maryland 2019
a bracelet Richmond, Virginia 2016
Eyeglasses Washington, District of Columbia 2021
Examples of Previous Lines
That's not the way I heard it. San Antonio, Texas 2012
You want the truth? So do I. Houston, Texas 2007
Wait. Did that actually work? San Francisco, California 2022
Why did I listen to you? Paducah, Kentucky 2015
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.