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
Russell or Rhoda Powers, Coach Denver, Colorado 2012
Alex or Alice Gomm, County Employee San Diego, California 2007
Melvin or Melissa Lyons, Furniture Maker Portland, Maine 2008
Cam or Cat Dean, Ad Executive New York, New York 2013
Examples of Previous Props
A Children's Book New Haven, Connecticut 2018
a bell Minneapolis, Minnesota 2014
a photo of a relative Washington, District of Columbia 2015
a suitcase Memphis, Tennessee 2016
Examples of Previous Lines
I have good news and bad news. Columbus, Ohio 2012
Oh, hell no. New Haven, Connecticut 2016
"It's not as easy as it looks." OR "It is not as easy as it looks." Los Angeles, California 2018
Don't touch me. Chicago, Illinois 2015
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.