Announcing: The Ten Show Season 2
Now Accepting Submissions
These are unusual times, so we’re working on a twist of the format we used on Season 1 of The Ten Show. We’re monitoring the situation out there, so dates are still TBD, but we’re pressing forward in the hopes of being able to launch Season 2 in May 2020. This will be for a special small-cast filmmaker edition of The Ten Show and want to connect (digitally for now) with those who will be ready to do something amazing on the other side of this.
In this version of The Ten Show, rather than producers producing plays in less than a week, 10 filmmakers will bid to acquire a script, bid on the services of crew members (optional), bid on the services of actors, produce, and finish post-production on their original movie of up to 10 minutes. Crew and cast size, including the filmmaker, is limited to 10 or less. See if there’s a role in the descriptions below that calls to you. If so, fill out the form below and send it our way.
Overview of the Show
We’re looking for 10 people game to take on the role of filmmaker. You don’t have to have producer-level filmmaking experience. But, of course, some experience is helpful. You’ll be provided a modest budget ($500 per film), a pool of scripts to choose from (you’ll bid for the scripts you want), a pool of actors that you can bid on, and a pool of crew members that you can bid on (optional; if you’re a filmmaker who can shoot and edit and would prefer to use your budgeted funds otherwise, that’s completely your call). You’ll acquire a script on Monday. That Saturday will be the world premiere of your 10-minute film. Online audience voting determines who will advance to the grand-prize round.
More About The Working Budget
Each filmmaker starts with an equal budget allocation. It is modest ($500). From that budget, you’ll bid for a script you choose from a pool plays chosen by The Ten Show. From that budget, you’ll also need to hire actors and your crew, rent/assemble costumes, props, locations, equipment as needed. Filmmakers can accept freebies (e.g., an actor offers to provide his/her own clothing), but filmmakers are not allowed to supplement their budget with outside funds. In other words, no side deals. Every one starts on equal footing. Unused budget funds from one week, if any, may be carried forward to the following week.
If you have a screenplay for a short film (up to 10 minutes in length), we invite you complete the form below and send it our way. (One submission per writer.) It doesn’t have to be written specifically for film; if you have a script for a 10-minute play that you think would lend itself to a film format as is or could be readily adapted for film, we invite you to send it our way. We prefer plays that are in the PG/PG-13 neighborhood, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be aimed at an adult audience. For reference, we would direct you to our Season 1 plays, which you can see here. If your play is selected for our pool of scripts for Season 2, filmmakers would have a chance to bid on your play. You set the minimum bid amount you would accept (bidding starts at $50). Filmmakers have a budget of $500 to work with. Winning bids from Season 1 ranged from $25 to $350. If two or more filmmakers bid your minimum bid or higher, they will have an opportunity during the script-selection episode to call you live and plead their case. You would then have the opportunity to decide which filmmaker gets to produce your script. If we are unable to reach you, the high bidder will be awarded the rights. Scripts may have been previously produced. Writers grant The Hive Collaborative the rights to stream the movie on its streaming platforms (such as HiveChannel5.com and The Hive Collaborative YouTube channel) for a period of one year. Upon receipt of a written request by the writer, The Hive Collaborative will take down the video from its streaming platforms after one year.
Actors, please complete the submission form below. If selected to participate in The Ten Show, you will be invited to submit a video audition (uploaded to YouTube as an unlisted video, then send us the link) or, if they prefer, schedule an appointment at The Hive Collaborative to have us video your audition pieces for subsequent review by the producers and/or directors. All auditions should include the actor stating his or her name, then one or two one-minute monologues showing your acting range. Actors may indicate their minimum bid amount, which can be anywhere from $50 to the maximum available budget (filmmakers have identical $500 budgets to work with. Actors must be available for a minimum of a one-week (Tuesday through Saturday) of the run (dates TBD). Actors may be cast in more than one film per week, but have the option of declining the second offer.
Filmmakers may seek help in making their films. Wherever you are in your career, if you would like to be part of The Ten Show as part of a filmmaking team, please complete the submission form below. They may seek directors, directors of photography, editors, hair/makeup artists, costumers, social media directors, production assistants, etc. (keeping in mind that the productions are limited to a $500 budget and a cast/crew-size limit of 10). All credited crew members may set their minimum bid amounts anywhere from $50 to the maximum available budget..
Filmmakers advance to the next round according to votes of our online audience.
The filmmaker who receives the most votes in the grand prize round will receive a $1,000 prize. In addition, a $750 bonus will be divided among all the winning filmmaker’s writers, cast and crew for each film the filmmaker made as part of the season. The second prize will be $500. The third prize will be $250. Filmmakers will also receive compensation based on the number of votes they receive during the season. All credited cast and crew must be compensated from the filmmaker’s budget a minimum of $50 each for their services. Total compensation and award money allocated during the season will be a minimum $10,000+.
- Week 1: 1st 5 filmmakers (2 advance to week 5)
- Week 2: Voting/announcement show
- Week 3: 2nd 5 filmmakers (2 advance to week 5)
- Week 4: Voting/announcement show; wildcard voting of remaining filmmakers (1 additional wildcard advances to week 5)
- Week 5: Top 5 filmmakers compete
- Week 6: Voting/awards show
Calendar (3/25/2020 Update)
Like many things these days, the schedule for Season 2 of The Ten Show is subject to change, but we’re aiming for a May 2020 start date. We are monitoring the situation closely, and once we have a better handle on dates, we will be reaching out to those who have submitted to us float anticipated dates by them and assess their availability. So go ahead and submit, and we’ll worry about the details later. Sending in your submission does not obligate you to anything at this stage, but we would love to get as much of this organized as we can ahead of time so that we can hit the ground running when we do have our dates firmed up.
Email brothers (at) hivetix.com.
The Ten Show Submission Form
Tell us a little bit about yourself.