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
Alex or Alice Gomm, County Employee San Diego, California 2007
Dear Albert or Dear Alice, Advice Columnist Providence, Rhode Island 2012
Ian or Ilene Jeffers, Recycling Expert San Jose, California 2011
Nate or Natalie Wardman, Retired Police Officer Louisville, Kentucky 2006
Examples of Previous Props
a coloring book Des Moines, Iowa 2012
an apple Inland Empire, California 2011
ice cream New Haven, Connecticut 2014
bubble wrap Tampa, Florida 2013
Examples of Previous Lines
Let me think." or "Lemme think. Boston, Massachusetts 2018
There must be something in your ear. Seattle, Washington 2013
“You get what you pay for.” New Orleans, Louisiana 2015
It's fantastic! I love it. Little Rock, Arkansas 2014
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.