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
Ed or Emily Kaye, Professional Organizer Austin, Texas 2006
Jason or Jacinda Calmes, Know-It-All Houston, Texas 2017
L. P. Brownstone, Local Celebrity Nashville, Tennessee 2015
Johnny or Joanne Miler, CEO New Orleans, Louisiana 2010
Examples of Previous Props
a still or photo camera Nashville, Tennessee 2009
a fork New Orleans, Louisiana 2007
a wig Portland, Oregon 2011
An extension cord Buffalo, New York 2017
Examples of Previous Lines
You can't take it with you. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2015
I don't think you're supposed to hold it like that. San Francisco, California 2013
I've never seen anything like that. New Orleans, Louisiana 2014
I don't believe you. Kansas City, Missouri 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.