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
Mark or Madison Brundell, Candidate Chicago, Illinois 2020
Ben or Belinda Cartrell, Artist Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2017
Owen or Olivia Nickleby, Illustrator San Antonio, Texas 2013
Sidney or Cynthia Vintia, Meteorologist Atlanta, Georgia 2008
Examples of Previous Props
a tape measure Albuquerque, New Mexico 2015
flip flops Buffalo, New York 2011
A book New Orleans, Louisiana 2020
a jar Des Moines, Iowa 2006
Examples of Previous Lines
That's not the way we do it. Denver, Colorado 2009
I was wondering if you could help me? Salt Lake City, Utah 2018
You are not going to believe what happened. San Francisco, California 2010
"Next time you won't be so lucky." OR "Next time you will not be so lucky." San Diego, 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.