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
Mark or Mary Kowalski, Outdoor Enthusiast Buffalo, New York 2009
Uncle Paul or Aunt Paula San Antonio, Texas 2016
Dante or Danetta Longfellow, Professor New Orleans, Louisiana 2016
Jordan Bitwinder, Former Olympic Athlete Richmond, Virginia 2016
Examples of Previous Props
a milkshake Cincinnati, Ohio 2019
a napkin Louisville, Kentucky 2006
a chess piece Boston, Massachusetts 2011
a blank sheet of paper Dallas, Texas 2018
Examples of Previous Lines
Stop talking, start doing. Las Vegas, Nevada 2016
That's San Diego, California 2018
"That's what they told me." OR "That is what they told me." Louisville, Kentucky 2018
When do you want to start? Indianapolis, Indiana 2013
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.