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
Fred or Frida Flash, Walking Encyclopedia San Antonio, Texas 2009
Max or Maxine Lydard, House Guest Richmond, Virginia 2013
Tim or Tina Flagler, Unemployed Musician Baltimore, Maryland 2009
Molly or Michael Murray, Instructor Savannah, Georgia 2009
Examples of Previous Props
An extension cord Buffalo, New York 2017
flowers Greensboro, North Carolina 2012
a spoon San Antonio, Texas 2014
a spice Orlando, Florida 2018
Examples of Previous Lines
There's not enough time. Hampton Roads, Virginia 2011
Sometimes it's a struggle. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2017
"That's a good question. A very good question." OR "That is a good question. A very good question." San Francisco, California 2017
Did you hear the news? Inland Empire, California 2019
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.