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
Robert or Sylvie Dupont, Frenchman or Frenchwoman Providence, Rhode Island 2006
Hunter or Harper Drakely, Health Inspector Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2017
Alex or Alice Gomm, County Employee San Diego, California 2007
Alex or Alexis Templeton, Science Teacher Las Vegas, Nevada 2010
Examples of Previous Props
a fishing rod Austin, Texas 2007
a tomato Richmond, Virginia 2009
a ring New Orleans, Louisiana 2012
ice cream Louisville, Kentucky 2007
Examples of Previous Lines
You don't know anything. Detroit, Michigan 2016
How much money are we talking about? Madison, Wisconsin 2015
"You won't believe me." OR "You will not believe me." Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2017
Do you realize what you're asking me to do? Paducah, Kentucky 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.