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
Les or Liz Bootley, Contractor Los Angeles, California 2016
Tutti or Tux Henley, captain Christinaville 2021
Joe or Jenna MacDonald, journalist Richmond, Virginia 2018
Hanner or Hannah Arp, Math Teacher San Diego, California 2019
Examples of Previous Props
a rubberband Louisville, Kentucky 2016
a souvenir Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2015
a pillow Paducah, Kentucky 2013
a coffee mug Salt Lake City, Utah 2014
Examples of Previous Lines
It's not what you think it is. Saint Louis, Missouri 2014
Who wants to know? Cincinnati, Ohio 2022
I couldn't have said it better myself. Boston, Massachusetts 2017
"How's that supposed to help?" OR "How is that supposed to help?" Little Rock, Arkansas 2020
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.