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
G. Goforth, Competitive Eating Contestant Boston, Massachusetts 2006
Cash or Carly Fitzwater, Best Friend Los Angeles, California 2015
Tom or Tina Percival, Historian Salt Lake City, Utah 2013
Hap or Harper Coulihan, Guest Services Manager Orlando, Florida 2022
Examples of Previous Props
medicine Hampton Roads, Virginia 2019
broom Denver, Colorado 2011
a pizza box Columbus, Ohio 2012
a pillow Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2011
Examples of Previous Lines
It works for me. Albuquerque, New Mexico 2010
We have to be quick. Las Vegas, Nevada 2012
"I think I'm going to be sick." OR "I think I am going to be sick." Seattle, Washington 2021
Where did you get it? Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2011
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.