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
Chris or Christie Bowdoen, Former Olympic Athlete Columbus, Ohio 2016
Duncan or Denise Kerrey, Sales Clerk Chicago, Illinois 2010
Alan or Alana Sarmast, Next Door Neighbor Providence, Rhode Island 2011
Tyler or Taylor Veith, Matchmaker Hampton Roads, Virginia 2018
Examples of Previous Props
a business card Des Moines, Iowa 2007
apples Detroit, Michigan 2011
marshmallow San Diego, California 2014
a bottle of bright red nail polish Albuquerque, New Mexico 2014
Examples of Previous Lines
I love a good challenge. Jacksonville, Florida 2010
It's not easy being me. Nashville, Tennessee 2010
Who said that? Lynchburg, Virginia 2018
That's not the way I heard it. San Antonio, Texas 2012
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.