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
Charles or Charlotte Greenwich, Trainer Chicago, Illinois 2012
Desdemona or Dexter Taylor, Psychology Professor Cleveland, Ohio 2011
Sidney or Cynthia Vintia, Meteorologist Atlanta, Georgia 2008
Jon or Jenna Jellybean Champlain, Dog Walker Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2016
Examples of Previous Props
a notebook Denver, Colorado 2015
a coffee mug Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2013
A cookie Columbus, Ohio 2018
a receipt Boston, Massachusetts 2008
Examples of Previous Lines
What am I supposed to do with this? New Haven, Connecticut 2012
I only love my job when I'm on vacation. Cleveland, Ohio 2017
Show us what you got. Houston, Texas 2018
Are you sure? New York, New York 2010
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.