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
Don or Dawn August, PR Specialist San Jose, California 2007
Uncle Joe or Aunt Irma Kansas City, Missouri 2009
Nate or Natasha Klondike, Waiter Saint Louis, Missouri 2016
Lyle or Linda Kanter, Gym Teacher Hampton Roads, Virginia 2014
Examples of Previous Props
a coffee mug Dallas, Texas 2013
a large plant Columbus, Ohio 2009
a phone charger New Orleans, Louisiana 2013
a hat Cincinnati, Ohio 2014
Examples of Previous Lines
I canceled my plans for this. Salt Lake City, Utah 2016
That's liquid gold. Des Moines, Iowa 2014
Where did you get it? Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2011
If you see him again, tell me. Providence, Rhode Island 2008
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.