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
Alan or Alma Roberts, Fashion Designer Louisville, Kentucky 2007
Pete or Petunia Clark, Farmer's Market Vendor Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2018
Landon or Landee Plinter, Professional Organizer Little Rock, Arkansas 2017
Teresa, Travis or Trevor Bookman, Housing Inspector Charlotte, North Carolina 2017
Examples of Previous Props
Headphones/Earbuds Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2018
a plastic storage box Chicago, Illinois 2007
Oven Mitt San Jose, California 2020
an umbrella Houston, Texas 2017
Examples of Previous Lines
How was I supposed to know? Hampton Roads, Virginia 2018
I was thinking the same thing. New York, New York 2021
Take it or leave it. San Jose, California 2020
Here we go again. Little Rock, Arkansas 2010
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.