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
Jared or Jayla Norris, County Employee Jackson, Mississippi 2014
Herman or Henrietta Hill, Millionaire San Diego, California 2016
Sam or Sonya Needham, Addict Providence, Rhode Island 2009
Sherman or Shirley Kane, Professor Indianapolis, Indiana 2009
Examples of Previous Props
a lamp Jacksonville, Florida 2010
a hair brush Greensboro, North Carolina 2014
a dog toy Greensboro, North Carolina 2016
an envelope Lynchburg, Virginia 2014
Examples of Previous Lines
I know what I know. Savannah, Georgia 2010
Take your time. Detroit, Michigan 2010
Sometimes the best answer is no answer. Baltimore, Maryland 2015
Technically, you are correct. Nashville, Tennessee 2016
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.