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
Bert or Betty Didier, Tree Expert Portland, Maine 2007
Nick or Nancy McCray, Former Star Athlete Little Rock, Arkansas 2007
Alan or Alice Downing, Coach San Diego, California 2015
Alex or Ashley Mahoney. Tour Guide San Francisco, California 2014
Examples of Previous Props
A Lampshade Providence, Rhode Island 2017
Rubber Band New York, New York 2017
a trophy New York, New York 2013
a button Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2013
Examples of Previous Lines
That's never happened before. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2009
"He's a very good friend of mine." OR "He is a very good friend of mine." Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2018
Did you hear what he said? Orlando, Florida 2019
What time do you get off? Seattle, Washington 2008
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.