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
Kirk or Kaia Nordenstrom, Carpenter San Jose, California 2016
Tony or Toni Cabella, Attorney Providence, Rhode Island 2019
James or Jenny Crawford, Librarian Chicago, Illinois 2007
Sam or Sara Carpenter, Ticket Seller Columbus, Ohio 2010
Examples of Previous Props
dust mask/hygienic mask Los Angeles, California 2011
a wooden spoon Cleveland, Ohio 2016
Grapes Detroit, Michigan 2020
a picture of a bride Lynchburg, Virginia 2019
Examples of Previous Lines
Make a wish. Kansas City, Missouri 2018
When did that happen? Portland, Maine 2016
It's probably easier than it looks. Houston, Texas 2014
And yet you carry on. Baltimore, Maryland 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.