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
Harold or Harriett Meyers, Doctor Des Moines, Iowa 2015
Jack or Jennifer Bates, House Guest Los Angeles, California 2017
Sinclair or Sylvia Vandermint, Kleptomaniac Madison, Wisconsin 2013
Tiny or Tina Doolittle, Dog Trainer Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2018
Examples of Previous Props
a mug Buffalo, New York 2010
a cupcake Baltimore, Maryland 2013
a blender Cleveland, Ohio 2009
a book Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2007
Examples of Previous Lines
What do you say now? Paducah, Kentucky 2018
"What time do we have to be there?" Las Vegas, Nevada 2017
You know that's not what I said. Atlanta, Georgia 2013
How did you do that? Cincinnati, Ohio 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.