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
Uncle Daryl or Aunt Denise Salt Lake City, Utah 2016
Gino or Gina Asplund, Barista Seattle, Washington 2013
Mickey or Michelle Sellers, Criminal New York, New York 2011
Ryan or Rianna Calvert, Guidance Counselor Baltimore, Maryland 2019
Examples of Previous Props
a mug Chicago, Illinois 2010
a backpack Des Moines, Iowa 2014
a greeting card Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2018
a paperback book Detroit, Michigan 2018
Examples of Previous Lines
I don't recommend it. Saint Louis, Missouri 2013
I guess that's OK. Savannah, Georgia 2014
We'll just have to wait. Saint Louis, Missouri 2010
Tell me what's on your mind. Inland Empire, California 2009
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.