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
Max or Marie Otterbein, Waiter/Waitress New Hampshire 2009
Rob or Robina Hatch, Security Consultant Nashville, Tennessee 2008
Eli or Ella Varennes, Auctioneer Orlando, Florida 2019
Sherman or Shirley Kane, Professor Indianapolis, Indiana 2009
Examples of Previous Props
a tennis racket San Antonio, Texas 2018
a gift certificate Orlando, Florida 2015
a broom Savannah, Georgia 2012
a clothes pin Charlotte, North Carolina 2013
Examples of Previous Lines
Please keep it to yourself. San Diego, California 2011
How did you figure it out? Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2013
I know what I know. Savannah, Georgia 2010
"You don't see that every day." OR "You do not see that every day." Columbus, Ohio 2018
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.