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 Maureen Linderville, Illustrator Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2016
Kevin or Kelly Joseph, stand-up comedian Cleveland, Ohio 2015
Vic or Vicki Putterman, Environmentalist Asheville, North Carolina 2007
Wilma or Winston Weatherbee, Gardener Boston, Massachusetts 2010
Examples of Previous Props
a coffee mug New York, New York 2011
a towel Nashville, Tennessee 2015
a pencil Amarillo, Texas 2014
a stuffed animal Providence, Rhode Island 2014
Examples of Previous Lines
Psst! Come here. Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2019
What do you want to know? or Why do you want to know? Minneapolis, Minnesota 2010
Please forgive me. It won't happen again. Buffalo, New York 2008
That sure looks good to me. Asheville, North Carolina 2010
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.