REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – HERITAGE MINUTES:
Historica Canada’s Heritage Minute collection contains more than 100 one-minute shorts about key moments and figures in Canadian History. More than 25 years since the first Heritage Minute premiered, these spots have become an enduring part of popular culture in Canada. Historica Canada has released 23 new Heritage Minutes since the project was re-launched in 2012, including: Tom Longboat, Chloe Cooley, The Discovery of Insulin, Acadian Deportation, D-Day, Vancouver Asahi, Jim Egan, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and Kensington Market.
The organization seeks to create engaging new Heritage Minutes that resonate with the brand and legacy of the celebrated collection while offering a fresh vision to capture new audiences. This new vision might include period dramatizations such as those seen in the established Heritage Minutes, as well as new visual treatments including innovative re-enactments, animation (2D and 3D) and CGI, and/or documentary formats.
Historica Canada will work with historians and consultants, who will provide consultation on script development and production. All aspects of the concept, script, casting, creative direction and production, however, will be required to meet with the final approval of Historica Canada. This is a collaborative process. Historica Canada will be regularly engaged throughout the production process. Each team should have a writer with credits, who will develop the script. The selected team will be provided a project treatment written by Historica Canada on the approved 2022-23 treatment. The Minute will be made available in English and French.
*Note: This is an estimated timeline for the production of ONE Heritage Minute. However, please note that in our experience, the general life cycle of a Heritage Minute production from start to finish ranges from 6 months to a year, depending on the topic and scale of the project.
October 17, 2022: RFP opens
November 17, 2022: RFP closes
Early December 2022: Teams selected for interviews will be contacted
Mid-December 2022: Top teams interviewed
December 2022 or January 2023: Contract awarded
January 2023 - March 2023: Internal scripting development; consultation with selected teams, historians, and cultural experts
April – May 2023: Production Phase – execute shoots for new Minute
June – August 2023: Post-production Phase – complete all edits, team to deliver final product
BUDGET: The maximum budget, inclusive of all taxes is $170,000 for the Heritage Minute.
Your budget should take into account:
- English and French versions for each Minute (language dubbing is required; subtitles are not sufficient)
- ACTRA fees, as per the Heritage Minute agreement (Session fees as per the current Independent Production Agreement, plus an additional 60% of each performer’s net fees for broadcast and new media rights in perpetuity)
- UDA fees, as per the Heritage Minute agreement* (Session fees multiplied by 2.5 times to guarantee full broadcast and new media rights in perpetuity. *Applicable only if the on-screen dialogue is in French.)
- The possibility of high-profile performers who work above scale - Crew, set design, costuming, and props
- Shooting at different locations, including possible crew travel
- Post-production including editing, music, voice-over narration, and visual effects/CGI - Final broadcast-ready deliverables in both official languages
- Contingency Please note, all admin/overhead costs should also be factored into the budget. The total of $170,000 should be inclusive of tax. Please submit your budget using the Telefilm Canada top sheet template.
: We are asking companies to submit a treatment on: the life and career of professional baseball player Mary “Bonnie” Baker
Please note that it is highly likely that multiple companies will submit pitches referencing the same story related to the life and legacy of Mary “Bonnie” Baker. Companies will be evaluated separately from story pitches.