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
Uncle Bill or Aunt Beth Little Rock, Arkansas 2020
Diego or Donna Suarez, Inventor Salt Lake City, Utah 2020
Nathan or Nathalie Brown, Backpacker Denver, Colorado 2009
Sunny or Sonny Bowles, Yoga Instructor Greensboro, North Carolina 2017
Examples of Previous Props
paint San Antonio, Texas 2008
a scale Boston, Massachusetts 2010
a cell phone Savannah, Georgia 2009
Examples of Previous Lines
"How many times do I have to say it?" Reno, Nevada 2022
Sometimes it's a struggle. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2017
I know exactly where this is going. Greensboro, North Carolina 2018
What was that noise? Hampton Roads, Virginia 2022
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.