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
Phil or Phylis Santos, Efficiency Expert Las Vegas, Nevada 2013
Sherry or Jerry Mills, Dance Instructor Jacksonville, Florida 2008
Geoff or Georgia Cooke, Camp Counselor Little Rock, Arkansas 2010
Dennis or Denise Smith, Assistant Columbus, Ohio 2013
Examples of Previous Props
a piece from a board game San Jose, California 2009
a mask Houston, Texas 2014
a suitcase Memphis, Tennessee 2016
a cookie San Antonio, Texas 2009
Examples of Previous Lines
Just leave me alone. Nashville, Tennessee 2014
What did he say? Tell me. Little Rock, Arkansas 2008
Where are we going? San Diego, California 2012
That's just a myth. San Jose, California 2016
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.