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
Al or Allison Trahan, Dancer Houston, Texas 2018
Bob or Bonnie Henry, Insurance Agent Seattle, Washington 2006
Don or Dawn Dieter, Zoo Employee Des Moines, Iowa 2006
Duane or Diana Fortran, musician Greensboro, North Carolina 2022
Examples of Previous Props
A ceramic coffee mug Cleveland, Ohio 2021
a pumpkin Des Moines, Iowa 2022
a toothbrush Los Angeles, California 2022
a book end Portland, Maine 2007
Examples of Previous Lines
Even if I knew, I wouldn't tell you. Austin, Texas 2012
"You're lucky I'm in a good mood." OR "You are lucky I'm in a good mood." Washington, District of Columbia 2019
How do I look? Richmond, Virginia 2010
That has to be the stupidest thing I've ever heard. Saint Louis, Missouri 2015
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.