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
Jared or Jenna Gibbons, Camp Counselor Lynchburg, Virginia 2015
Jim or Joan Dark, Folk Hero Portland, Oregon 2018
Becky or Morgan Frank, Writer Columbus, Ohio 2009
Jack or Jasmine Bursland, Climate Activist Denver, Colorado 2019
Examples of Previous Props
an envelope Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2015
a tape measure Salt Lake City, Utah 2007
a cupcake Memphis, Tennessee 2012
a kite Jacksonville, Florida 2011
Examples of Previous Lines
We don't have time for this. Portland, Oregon 2015
He said he would be right back. New Orleans, Louisiana 2010
"She's not in charge anymore." OR "She is not in charge anymore." San Francisco, California 2019
Let's do it! Des Moines, Iowa 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.