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
Ben or Beatrice Clooney, Twin New Orleans, Louisiana 2008
Martha or Marvin Lee, Dancer Huntsville, Alabama 2016
Tim or Tina Walton, Receptionist Albuquerque, New Mexico 2008
Claude or Claudia Ramos, Repair Person Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2012
Examples of Previous Props
Medicine Baltimore, Maryland 2006
an envelope Washington, District of Columbia 2014
A swimming pool object Paducah, Kentucky 2017
Examples of Previous Lines
?Do you smell what I smell?? Portland, Oregon 2007
Sometimes you just have to cross your fingers. Lynchburg, Virginia 2019
I have no idea. Los Angeles, California 2010
When do you need it? Dallas, Texas 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.