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
Glen or Gwen Hopkins, Substitute Teacher Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2012
Chris or Christy Smith, Whistle Blower Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2010
John or Jane Cartwell, Detective Saint Louis, Missouri 2018
Peter or Penny Monkton, Linguist Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2007
Examples of Previous Props
A painting Las Vegas, Nevada 2014
a tomato Richmond, Virginia 2009
an egg carton Indianapolis, Indiana 2007
A spider web Greensboro, North Carolina 2017
Examples of Previous Lines
The depth of your ignorance is deep. Seattle, Washington 2019
Can you lend me some money? Columbus, Ohio 2008
Let me get this straight. Jackson, Mississippi 2012
What did I do? Madison, Wisconsin 2017
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.