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
George or Georgia Peterson, Music Teacher Albuquerque, New Mexico 2007
Cal or Cathy Coltrane, Someone affected by the legalization of marijuana in Oregon Portland, Oregon 2015
Doug or Donna Dupin, water tester New Hampshire 2012
Bryant or Bryanna Landee, Author Hampton Roads, Virginia 2016
Examples of Previous Props
nail clippers Austin, Texas 2014
an egg Cincinnati, Ohio 2006
a sandwich Minneapolis, Minnesota 2009
a tie Seattle, Washington 2009
Examples of Previous Lines
"And they said it couldn't be done." OR "And they said it could not be done." Baltimore, Maryland 2020
"Too bad. Better luck next time." Nashville, Tennessee 2020
We need to get going. Providence, Rhode Island 2012
She doesn't understand you like I do. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 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.