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
Sam or Sally Turnbucket, city employee Tampa, Florida 2018
Wayne or Wanda Hooper, Collector Baltimore, Maryland 2011
Brian or Brianna Knox, Detective Inland Empire, California 2012
Walter or Wendy Buckley, Locksmith Austin, Texas 2015
Examples of Previous Props
a broom Houston, Texas 2019
A greeting card Cleveland, Ohio 2020
a purse Austin, Texas 2011
Examples of Previous Lines
Have you ever heard of such a thing? Honolulu, Hawaii 2007
"And they said it couldn't be done." OR "And they said it could not be done." Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2020
I need to tell you something. New Hampshire 2010
Oh no, don't you dare go there. Portland, Oregon 2006
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.