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
Greg or Gretta White, Writer Cincinnati, Ohio 2010
Ted or Tess Brookings, Building Contractor Saint Louis, Missouri 2014
Dennis or Debbie Karlsen, Waiter or Waitress Dallas, Texas 2011
Simon or Sandy Taggert, Chess Player Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2011
Examples of Previous Props
a broom Des Moines, Iowa 2015
a glass bowl Inland Empire, California 2015
a clothes pin Charlotte, North Carolina 2013
earrings Baltimore, Maryland 2008
Examples of Previous Lines
It's not easy being me. Nashville, Tennessee 2010
Would you like to come up to my place? Albuquerque, New Mexico 2006
I don't recommend it. Saint Louis, Missouri 2013
Why didn't I think of that? Chicago, Illinois 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.