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
Jordan Bitwinder, Former Olympic Athlete Richmond, Virginia 2016
John or Janet King, Rock Star Salt Lake City, Utah 2017
Tyler or Tyra Hampton, Electrician Richmond, Virginia 2011
John or Joyce Jansen, Investigator San Diego, California 2014
Examples of Previous Props
a shopping bag Saint Louis, Missouri 2006
fake money Albuquerque, New Mexico 2016
a glasses case Hampton Roads, Virginia 2015
a coloring book Des Moines, Iowa 2012
Examples of Previous Lines
Why are you looking at me like that? Fargo, North Dakota 2011
Everything is going to change--starting now. Seattle, Washington 2007
You jinxed it! Austin, Texas 2017
How did you do that? Cincinnati, Ohio 2015
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.