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
Jerry or Jennifer Larson, Restaurateur San Diego, California 2017
Bill or Belinda Amberson, Hotel Employee Detroit, Michigan 2015
Uncle Bob or Aunt Bitsy Madison, Wisconsin 2018
Mike or Michelle Madigan, Chemist Chicago, Illinois 2013
Examples of Previous Props
Nail Clippers Orlando, Florida 2019
an egg Salt Lake City, Utah 2010
a bucket Richmond, Virginia 2022
An extension cord Buffalo, New York 2017
Examples of Previous Lines
You gotta give me something to work with. Fargo, North Dakota 2009
I was thinking the same thing. New York, New York 2021
That’s too spicy for me. Seattle, Washington 2017
I'd like to make a suggestion. Cincinnati, Ohio 2013
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.