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
Zoltar or Zelda Nickelson, Fortune Teller Little Rock, Arkansas 2014
Brent or Bridget Davenport, Runner-Up Washington, District of Columbia 2015
Joe or Joanne Murphy, Phys. Ed Teacher Baltimore, Maryland 2006
Paula or Paul Grigsby, Collector Buffalo, New York 2018
Examples of Previous Props
fake money Albuquerque, New Mexico 2016
a bucket Austin, Texas 2013
a shopping bag Saint Louis, Missouri 2006
a tomato Portland, Maine 2010
Examples of Previous Lines
That's not what they had in mind. Portland, Oregon 2013
I don't like it. Paducah, Kentucky 2010
What did he say? Tell me. Little Rock, Arkansas 2008
You're not going to believe what I just heard. New York, New York 2009
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.