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
Lorraine or Larry Chetta, Spy New Orleans, Louisiana 2018
Brad or Brenda Parsons, Water Expert San Antonio, Texas 2008
Cynthia or Cedric Peters, Gym Instructor Asheville, North Carolina 2014
Larry or Linda Martinez, Pack Rat Albuquerque, New Mexico 2006
Examples of Previous Props
flowers Kansas City, Missouri 2012
a photo Hampton Roads, Virginia 2014
a photo/painting of a deceased relative Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2016
a shoelace Boston, Massachusetts 2007
Examples of Previous Lines
I'm not at all surprised. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2014
I only love my job when I'm on vacation. Cleveland, Ohio 2017
There has to be a better way. Greensboro, North Carolina 2017
“Your place or mine?” Austin, Texas 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.