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
Gary or Gretta Greenberg, TV News Person San Diego, California 2012
Jerry or Jeri Arnold, An Accountant New Orleans, Louisiana 2019
Jacob or Janice Simon, Instructor Salt Lake City, Utah 2008
Simon or Simone Raynal, Penny Pincher/Tightwad/Cheapskate Providence, Rhode Island 2016
Examples of Previous Props
a fish Minneapolis, Minnesota 2008
an overstuffed wallet Denver, Colorado 2018
a wrapped present Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2012
Examples of Previous Lines
Can I borrow your credit card? Kansas City, Missouri 2016
Now you're making sense. Greensboro, North Carolina 2009
She doesn't understand you like I do. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2016
Why didn't I think of that? Memphis, Tennessee 2016
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.