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
Sherman or Shirley Kane, Professor Indianapolis, Indiana 2009
Oliver or Olivia Masterson, Cyclist/Biker New York, New York 2012
Myra or Michael Jillerson, Investigator Tampa, Florida 2015
Simon or Simone Pico, Yoga Instructor Detroit, Michigan 2019
Examples of Previous Props
key chain Indianapolis, Indiana 2017
a mug Buffalo, New York 2010
a backpack Des Moines, Iowa 2014
Examples of Previous Lines
Don't be so sure. Asheville, North Carolina 2011
"She's not in charge anymore." OR "She is not in charge anymore." San Francisco, California 2019
That's one way of doing it. Chicago, Illinois 2012
Please tell me that's not what I think it is. Los Angeles, California 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.