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
Andrew or Alexis Ruberon, Mechanic Columbus, Ohio 2018
Uncle Jack or Aunt Jill Orlando, Florida 2021
Jason or Judy Giordano, Psychic Buffalo, New York 2008
Sara or Seth Tremaine, Newbie Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2015
Examples of Previous Props
a picture frame Portland, Oregon 2009
a checkbook Cincinnati, Ohio 2013
an urn or container with a deceased's ashes Chicago, Illinois 2008
a chair San Jose, California 2011
Examples of Previous Lines
Whoa! Hold on a minute. Atlanta, Georgia 2022
That's not the way I heard it Asheville, North Carolina 2007
"I'll have it ready by tomorrow." OR "I will have it ready by tomorrow." Detroit, Michigan 2018
Holy crap! Did that really just happen? Seattle, Washington 2012
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.