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
Lloyd or Lorelei Hart, a student Houston, Texas 2020
Uncle Daryl or Aunt Denise Salt Lake City, Utah 2016
Scott or Sarah Morton, Assistant Cincinnati, Ohio 2007
Todd or Tara Kavendish, Real Estate Agent Missoula, Montana 2019
Examples of Previous Props
a deck of cards Buffalo, New York 2014
a Ribbon Greensboro, North Carolina 2017
a toilet seat Jacksonville, Florida 2007
Examples of Previous Lines
"And they said it couldn't be done." OR "And they said it could not be done." Cincinnati, Ohio 2020
I'm not at all surprised. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2014
I can't hear you. Madison, Wisconsin 2010
I meant to tell you a few days ago. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2011
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.