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
Charles or Charlene Brennan, Dog Walker Phoenix, Arizona 2007
Dear Albert or Dear Alice, Advice Columnist Providence, Rhode Island 2012
Ed or Edwina Griesman, Dance Instructor San Jose, California 2018
Payne or Paige Sarmast, Tourist Hampton Roads, Virginia 2015
Examples of Previous Props
An antique Salt Lake City, Utah 2019
cheese Seattle, Washington 2013
jumper cables Cleveland, Ohio 2015
a pair of pliers Savannah, Georgia 2018
Examples of Previous Lines
No way. Absolutely no way. Orlando, Florida 2018
Why did you do that? Los Angeles, California 2012
Yes! I mean, I hope so. Boston, Massachusetts 2009
She is the only one who knows. San Antonio, Texas 2014
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.