(Dramatized Manga) Feveryn Ardacia (Commission Pay)
Feveryn Ardacia is a series that I want to put on YouTube, with the intent of earning advertising revenue through ads displayed during the episodes (powered by Google Adsense).
You can read the first 3 episodes of the story here:
Now before I continue, let me explain why I think this series can generate an income, and how much of an income.
According to an article on the Forbes website, titled 'Top Careers Launched Via YouTube' (don't know if I'm allowed to link to the article), a YouTube user named VenetianPrincess was listed as someone who turned her YouTube appearances into a career and earns an income through YouTube.
So I found her website, checked the 'About Me' page, and it implies that she earned enough money through YouTube to start her own New Media production company. But her videos have hundreds of millions of views.
Okay, let's look at something smaller... youtube .com/shows has shows available on YouTube, organized into categories. I looked at the 'Animation' category and found a show titled 'Red vs. Blue.'
Red vs. Blue is a machinima series with episodes that are about 3 - 6 minutes long. In season 1, the highest number of viewers is 4.9 million, and the lowest number of viewers is 1.2 million. The season has 19 episodes. I only watched the first few episodes, but they're funny, they have good dialog and voice acting, the directing is great, and the overall production of the series is good. It's good enough to attract an audience. So I looked at the viewer count for season 8. In Season 8, episode 1 had 2.8 million views, but it dropped to roughly 192,000 by episode 18.
Okay, so let's look at actual anime series. FUNimation has a YouTube channel with complete anime series on it. But let's look at Gundam Wing, which is a bit older... (uploaded by AnimeChannel) Gundam Wing aired on TV years ago, but episode 1 was put on YouTube in April, 2010. So since it's been around for a while, and many people might own the DVDs already, I thought it might be a nice comparison. Episode 1 has had about 242,000 views with a low point of about 39,000 views (episode 38), and it's also available through Crunchyroll.
If we assume that 1 view = 1 cent, then Red vs. Blue may have generated several thousand dollars per episode, and Gundam Wing may have generated at least several hundred dollars per episode.
Part of the reason behind Feveryn Ardacia is that I want to use it as an experiment to see how much money it can make through YouTube. But to give it a good shot, the series must have a good production. The story is written up to episode 18, auditions for voice actors are being held right now, and I'm going to approach a composer soon, but this series needs an artist.
I'm not offering pay up front, I'm offering a percentage of the money made through this production. But I don't want to give the artist too much work (I know how long it takes to draw). I can collaborate with the artist on how the series is going to be drawn, in a way that serves the story but doesn't require more time than the artist is willing to put into the production. The artist would get to design... just about everything. But a contract will state that all of the artist's designs belong to the artist, and the artist is licensing those designs to the production for a specific period of time. And if a high-quality production of the series is made (intended for use outside of YouTube), the artist will be offered the job of Art Director or Production Manager.
I'm looking for an artist who is a good visual storyteller. An artist who can draw subtlety and emotions (facial expressions and body language). Some images can be reused, and the artwork doesn't have to be extremely detailed, but I need an artist who can draw emotion and is a good visual storyteller. And I need an artist who can draw the episodes on a weekly basis. The contract will be for the first 18 episodes (possibly renewed for more episodes).
The episodes were written in screenplay format, not comic layout format. So if you're not sure how the story will be presented in the art, we can discuss that. I estimate that the series will need about 20 - 30 images per week.
I registered a company for this, and everything will be spelled out in legal contract. The artist would be a self-employed individual who is leasing content to the production. The copyright of the script has already been registered.
If you're interested in this production, or have any questions or concerns, please contact me!