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
Liam or Linda Oakley-Brown, Inventor Atlanta, Georgia 2013
Kirk or Kaia Nordenstrom, Carpenter San Jose, California 2016
Johnny or Juliette Meggers, substitute teacher Lynchburg, Virginia 2018
Nathan or Natalie Brazil, kleptomaniac Albuquerque, New Mexico 2017
Examples of Previous Props
teacup and saucer Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2007
a head of cabbage Buffalo, New York 2009
a trashcan Charlotte, North Carolina 2018
a cassette tape Atlanta, Georgia 2015
Examples of Previous Lines
"I can't get an answer from anyone." Or " I cannot get an answer from anyone." Albuquerque, New Mexico 2020
There must be a better way. Portland, Oregon 2019
You know what they say. Cincinnati, Ohio 2007
Is that the best you can find? Los Angeles, California 2016
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.