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
Harold or Harriett Meyers, Doctor Des Moines, Iowa 2015
Owen or Olivia Castleton, Waiter/Waitress Madison, Wisconsin 2016
Frank or Fiona Ruark, Musician Austin, Texas 2017
Pearl or Paul Brewster, Blogger Austin, Texas 2009
Examples of Previous Props
an urn or container with a deceased's ashes Chicago, Illinois 2008
eye glasses Madison, Wisconsin 2014
a ball Louisville, Kentucky 2012
A string instrument Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2018
Examples of Previous Lines
What do you think this is? Washington, District of Columbia 2013
That’s too spicy for me. Seattle, Washington 2017
Can I borrow your credit card? Kansas City, Missouri 2016
"I can't wait." OR "I cannot wait." Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2017
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.