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
Uncle Bob or Aunt Bitsy Madison, Wisconsin 2018
Reginald or Regina H. Higginbotham, Diplomat Boston, Massachusetts 2008
James or Jenny Crawford, Librarian Chicago, Illinois 2007
Max or Maxine Lydard, House Guest Richmond, Virginia 2013
Examples of Previous Props
A penny or pennies San Antonio, Texas 2019
an index card Huntsville, Alabama 2015
a reusable bag Cleveland, Ohio 2012
a hair brush Seattle, Washington 2017
Examples of Previous Lines
How did you figure it out? Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2013
"Wow. That's impressive." OR "Wow. That is impressive." Jacksonville, Florida 2020
It's just really, really crazy. Cleveland, Ohio 2009
Nothing is mundane. Cleveland, Ohio 2011
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.