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
Buddy or Babby Kant, Philosophy Instructor Madison, Wisconsin 2008
Bobby or Betty Bulmer, Farmer/Gardener Minneapolis, Minnesota 2013
Keith or Kelly Nordenstrom, magician Hampton Roads, Virginia 2022
Manny or Myra Chilwell, Lifeguard Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2020
Examples of Previous Props
ice cream New Haven, Connecticut 2014
a bell Memphis, Tennessee 2013
clothes pin Seattle, Washington 2017
Secret Ingredient Baltimore, Maryland 2021
Examples of Previous Lines
I couldn't have said it better myself. Boston, Massachusetts 2017
“What was I supposed to say?” Nashville, Tennessee 2015
"I don't care, just find it." OR "I do not care, just find it." Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2019
Oh, really? Tell me more. Indianapolis, Indiana 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.