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
Andrew or Ashley Bakerson, Cartoonist Providence, Rhode Island 2018
Ryan or Rianna Calvert, Guidance Counselor Baltimore, Maryland 2019
Jolene or Jonathan Taylor, Lawyer Indianapolis, Indiana 2011
Debbie or Dylan Chaucer, Vacation Lodging Owner Portland, Maine 2010
Examples of Previous Props
a mug Detroit, Michigan 2016
a cassette tape Atlanta, Georgia 2015
a balloon Austin, Texas 2010
a clipboard Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2006
Examples of Previous Lines
What would Elvis do?? San Diego, California 2006
She was here just a minute ago. Orlando, Florida 2016
Please forgive me. It won't happen again. Buffalo, New York 2008
"I can't hear you." OR "I cannot hear you." New York, New York 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.