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
Lefty or Lucy Ellsworth, Professional Athlete Louisville, Kentucky 2014
Bill or Belle Tyler, barber/hairdresser Greensboro, North Carolina 2018
Michael or Maggie Charles, Scientist Louisville, Kentucky 2010
Don or Dot Benway, Exterminator Baltimore, Maryland 2016
Examples of Previous Props
A checkbook Saint Louis, Missouri 2020
a glass bowl Inland Empire, California 2015
a dog toy Greensboro, North Carolina 2016
an award Detroit, Michigan 2010
Examples of Previous Lines
Let me tell you something. New Haven, Connecticut 2017
"I'm not interested." OR "I am not interested." Paducah, Kentucky 2019
'There's nothing to it. Little Rock, Arkansas 2016
I'm still waiting for your answer. Louisville, Kentucky 2011
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.