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
Nate or Natalie Wardman, Retired Police Officer Louisville, Kentucky 2006
Les or Liz Bootley, Contractor Los Angeles, California 2016
Kris or Kristy Carter, Mathematician Buffalo, New York 2016
Examples of Previous Props
A spider web Greensboro, North Carolina 2017
A padlock Salt Lake City, Utah 2017
a sign Albuquerque, New Mexico 2007
Examples of Previous Lines
Do you have any questions? San Francisco, California 2011
Where did you get it? Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2011
What do you think this is? Washington, District of Columbia 2013
Aren't you precious? Greensboro, North Carolina 2019
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.