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
Victor or Virginia Lambe, Illustrator Orlando, Florida 2009
Lyle or Linda Kanter, Gym Teacher Hampton Roads, Virginia 2014
Roy or Rory Baylor, Waiter/Waitress New Orleans, Louisiana 2015
Charlie or Charlene Bowers, Waiter/Waitress Amarillo, Texas 2016
Examples of Previous Props
an extension cord Buffalo, New York 2013
a pencil Little Rock, Arkansas 2008
a belt Las Vegas, Nevada 2012
a jewelry box Providence, Rhode Island 2019
Examples of Previous Lines
I owe you an apology. Houston, Texas 2011
"I won't let it happen again." OR "I will not let it happen again." Columbus, Ohio 2017
He's been around a time or two. Houston, Texas 2008
We really need to work this out. Des Moines, Iowa 2006
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.