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
Alex or Alexis Templeton, Science Teacher Las Vegas, Nevada 2010
Jerry or Jerri Starling, Spy/Saboteur Portland, Oregon 2016
Ross or Rose Gillen, Upholsterer/Furniture Maker San Antonio, Texas 2011
Frances or Forrest Courtney, Architect Indianapolis, Indiana 2016
Examples of Previous Props
a coffee mug New York, New York 2011
a tooth brush Inland Empire, California 2010
an extension cord Columbus, Ohio 2013
a slice of pizza New Orleans, Louisiana 2016
Examples of Previous Lines
You've got to do it. New Haven, Connecticut 2014
It's probably easier than it looks. Memphis, Tennessee 2014
I'm so, so, so stupid! Jacksonville, Florida 2015
Sometimes you feel like letting loose. Asheville, North Carolina 2006
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.