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
Wayne or Wanda Hooper, Collector Baltimore, Maryland 2011
Chris or Christina Murray, Captain Los Angeles, California 2006
Jared or Jenna Gibbons, Camp Counselor Lynchburg, Virginia 2015
Chris or Christy Doyle, Drummer San Jose, California 2008
Examples of Previous Props
crayons Greensboro, North Carolina 2011
a dog toy Greensboro, North Carolina 2016
a check Greensboro, North Carolina 2009
coins Des Moines, Iowa 2010
Examples of Previous Lines
"I know that face and I don't like it." OR "I know that face and I do not like it." Madison, Wisconsin 2020
I'd like to introduce you to a friend of mine. Baltimore, Maryland 2013
I never thought I would see that. Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2009
She's the only one who can answer that. OR She is the only one who can answer that. Saint Louis, Missouri 2017
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.