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
Michael or Michelle Bogdan, world traveller Cleveland, Ohio 2017
Truman or Tessa Duda Repair person Denver, Colorado 2017
Bill or Belinda Rainey, Talent Show Winner Paducah, Kentucky 2014
Alex or Alexis Brownstone, Waiter/Waitress Kansas City, Missouri 2017
Examples of Previous Props
flip flops Buffalo, New York 2011
a pair of pliers Minneapolis, Minnesota 2010
A balloon Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2017
a pizza box Columbus, Ohio 2012
Examples of Previous Lines
I wish I knew. Minneapolis, Minnesota 2018
I never thought I would see that. Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2009
You decide. I don't care. Memphis, Tennessee 2015
That's not the way I heard it. San Antonio, Texas 2012
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.