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
James or Jenny Crawford, Librarian Chicago, Illinois 2007
Larry or Linda Martinez, Pack Rat Albuquerque, New Mexico 2006
Alexis or Alan Fleming, Long Distance Runner New Hampshire 2014
Samuel or Samantha Washington, District of Columbia 2014
Examples of Previous Props
a jewelry box Providence, Rhode Island 2019
ice cream Louisville, Kentucky 2007
a watch New Hampshire 2011
a laptop computer Fargo, North Dakota 2009
Examples of Previous Lines
"I'd like to introduce you to a friend of mine." OR "I would like to introduce you to a friend of mine." San Antonio, Texas 2017
Here's where it gets tricky. Houston, Texas 2012
When will she be back? Hampton Roads, Virginia 2009
Which way did she go? Amarillo, Texas 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.