WHAT WILL I DO IF I BECOME A PRODUCER?
If we select you to be a Candivan producer, we will give you a show (out of several to choose from). You will be labeled a “potential producer” and you will create a short sizzle reel for this show (1 to 2 minutes-- see sample here). People who Donate to our Kickstarter campaign will vote for their favorite of these Sizzle Reels (there will be 3-5 total). If yours receives the most votes you will become a “Producer” and we will finance and distribute the first two episodes of the show. If Candivan voters select your show for renewal, then you might create a full season of your show for us (and hopefully even more seasons—don’t leave the fans hanging).
We will match you up with funding and a Candivan executive producer, but you will be responsible for creating the show, which includes pre-production, getting a cast, crew and a director, and the day to day of shooting the show.
WHAT QUALITIES DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A PRODUCER?
One, you can work on a shoestring budget. For right now, we are LOW BUDGET, and we need a producer that can make magic happen on that low budget. We’ll probably be budgeting for under $3,000 per episode, so those who can crank out episodes for that, whether that means shooting beautiful things on your iPhone, and finding a cast and crew that will work on deferred payment.
Two, you are driven and diligent about producing. Having some Type-A qualities will get you a long way here because we will need producers who get projects done, who get projects done cheap, and who get projects done fast.
WHO IS GOING TO OWN THE SHOW?
You will. You will not be a Candivan employee, but you will be an owner of the show. As the producer, you will be entitled to 60% of the ownership (the rest to be split between the writer and Candivan).
This means if Netflix or Hulu wants to buy your show, you and the writer are fully entitled to sell it to them, as long as you complete any episodes for us that were renewed and financed by us/ the fans. You can also shop the show around to other distributors if you want.We do, though, own all rights to exclusively right to show the episodes while we’re financing them, and we can feature the episodes on our site for an unlimited duration.
WHERE DO I NEED TO LIVE TO DO THIS?
Pretty much anywhere in the US or Canada. Film laws vary state to state, so we do have to make sure that we can fully work together (we are in California), but feel free to apply wherever you’re at. Note: your location might affect what scripts you are offered.
WILL I GET PAID?
As noted above, you will not be an employee, but you will be an owner of the show. This means you will get 60% of the show profits, and you will also receive 60% of the sales rights if the show is sold.
Candivan will also finance all episodes of the show for as long as they’re renewed by voters.
CAN I WRITE MY OWN SCRIPTS? OR CAN I MAKE CHANGES TO THE SCRIPTS I’M SUPPLIED WITH?
We do have calls for new scripts and new shows; however, right now we’re only looking for producers to work with one of the shows we already have passed. Stay tuned if you’re interested in submitting a script idea.
As far as making changes, all changes must be met with approval from the writer. This is so you don’t accidentally change a major plot point or character. If there is ever a point where you and a writer cannot agree on a decision, Candivan will step in to solve the issue.
Any major revisions agreed upon by you and the writer must be met with approval from Candivan. We’re usually happy to grant complete creative control.
I’D LIKE TO SHOOT THIS SHOW AT A HIGHER BUDGET. CAN I ADD MY OWN MONEY TO IT?
You are certainly welcome to (and we love you for it). Just know that Candivan can’t compensate you back for extra funds that you add.
Should I or should I not be part of the Producer’s Guild of America to submit?
For right now, since Candivan is not a signatory to the PGA, we can only take writers who are not members of the WGA. OR if you are a member, you must be willing to waive your Guild benefits. This will change this eventually, but for right now, dem the brakes.
WHAT WILL MY WORKING RELATIONSHIP BE WITH CANDIVAN? WHAT ABOUT WITH THE SHOWRUNNER?
During the creation of the trailer and the show, you will be matched with a Candivan executive producer, who will help you with needs that you have and who will be your liaison with Candivan. This executive producer will assist you with any problems. Candivan will possibly also take care of post production if you need help. And although Candivan will offer you notes on what you shoot, you have full artistic control. Candivan will only step in if there are any safety problems and if there is a dispute between the production company and the writer.
You will have regular contact with the writer/ showrunner. He or she will be available for all questions that you have, and you will be supplied with scripts several weeks before production. If there is a dispute between you and the writer, Candivan will step in to help.
Can I have a writing partner or team?
Of course. In fact, we encourage it. It will make it much easier for you to create the scripts, and the writing process can be so much rewarding when full teams are taking the ideas on.
You might commission a writing team later on, or feel free to list additional members if you have them now. We’ll also help supply some additional articles on working with writing teams.
I DON’T HAVE A PRODUCTION COMPANY, BUT I WANT TO BE A CANDIVAN PRODUCER. IS THIS POSSIBLE?
We would greatly prefer if you did have some sort of production company that you’ve worked with before. However, if you are an experienced producer and have proven that you can get people together to create great, low-budget media, and you’d like to start a new or temporary one, we’d love to talk to you too.
WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP AFTER I APPLY?
We will get in contact with you shortly after. If we feel we’d work well together, we will schedule a video interview to talk about you becoming a producer or potential producer. The deadline to apply is April 11th , so expect to hear from us before the end or shortly after.