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
Eli or Ella Varennes, Auctioneer Orlando, Florida 2019
Q. Treller, Secret Society Member Baltimore, Maryland 2015
Marla or Martin Dockery, Clutter Coach/Professional Organizer Greensboro, North Carolina 2010
Victor or Virginia Chesterfield, Hedge Fund Manager Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2014
Examples of Previous Props
a tomato Portland, Maine 2010
a lollipop Denver, Colorado 2016
a sleeping bag Charlotte, North Carolina 2014
Examples of Previous Lines
That has to be the stupidest thing I've ever heard. Saint Louis, Missouri 2015
I'll deal with it in the morning. New Orleans, Louisiana 2016
“Try it. What have you got to lose?” Columbus, Ohio 2015
You get what you pay for. Albuquerque, New Mexico 2009
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.