GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – CANNES SPECIAL REPORT #2 – “WHAM, BAM, THANK YOU SCAM,” HOW FAKE INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS PREY ON COLLEGE STUDENTS AT CANNES!
Hey filmmakers. Welcome to the second Cannes 2013 Special Report! Today’s article, “Wham, Bam, Thank You Scam” exposes one of the most egregious tactics practiced here at Cannes; preying on college students by charging them a silly amount of money to be an intern…
Posted on May 19, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – CANNES 2013 SPECIAL REPORT #1 “RAIN RAIN, DON’T GO AWAY!”
Most buyers enjoy doing their buying at restaurants on the sand or in ridiculously overpriced posh hotels. The Carlton Hotel Terrace and the Majestic Hotel Patio are two cant-miss hot spots, where you’re sure to run into an A-list buyer with deep pockets. However, the rain changes all of that….
Posted on May 16, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – “THE BEATLES!” AND YOUR EPICENTER OF CREATIVITY – REINVIGORATING YOUR CREATIVE JUICES – THE SEQUEL!
your epicenter of creativity doesn’t have to be an exotic location; it can be anywhere, or anything. A favorite room, a chair, or even a piece of clothing can create tremendous inspiration. For example, on the occasions that I’ve directed, I always wear the same shirt on the first day of shooting; my old, faded and ragged UCLA T-shirt that’s barely holding together by a few threads. My main point here is that you need to feel in total comfort while you’re at your Epicenter of Creativity. Only then will your creative groove produce deliciously creative fruits.
Posted on May 14, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
Today I encourage you to exit stage left from your normal grind, and find something that’s going to reinvigorate your creative juices.
Posted on May 7, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
Today we’re starting a new mini-series called “Going Big vs. Going Small,” designed to help filmmakers analyze the best path for their careers and films. We’re kicking this series off with the age-old battle of film vs. television/cable. So, without further adieu, let’s examine which platform is best for you and your film.
Posted on April 30, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – HOW SECOND WEEKENDS TELL THE REAL STORY
While the media focuses on how well a film does on its opening weekend, it’s usually how the picture does on the second weekend which determines if it will grow “legs” and run its way to box office success…
Posted on April 23, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – “42″ TAKES A SWING FOR THE RECORD BOOKS
As for today’s article, it’s sponsored by the number “42,” accompanied by the numbers $27,487,144, 3003, and the number #1. We’re talking about the release of the film, “42,” which just came in #1 at the box office, by earning $27,487,144 on 3003 theatrical screens…
Posted on April 16, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – “WET BEHIND THE EARS” IS (LITERALLY) TAKING OFF!
“Wet Behind The Ears” has just partnered with American Airlines to make the film the first independent feature to be showcased on American Airlines flights. While this partnership may seem non-traditional, it also marks a whole new frontier of ways in which an independent film can be marketed to mass audiences.
Posted on April 9, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – MICHELANGELO SCREENWRITING IN ITALY + WONDERCON IN ANAHEIM!
As promised last week, today we’re exploring “Michelangelo Screenwriting,” a writing intensive summer excursion that takes place in Orvieto, Italy. As an added bonus, we’re also taking a peek behind the mask of WonderCon – Anaheim.
Posted on April 2, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
Welcome to the 150th consecutive weekly edition of ”Going Bionic.” That’s right, we turn 150 today, and I truly can’t believe we are here.
Posted on March 26, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – “INDIE FILMMAKER, MEET CHINA. CHINA, MEET INDIE FILMMAKER.”
There is no longer an “us and them,” when it comes to the world of cinema. We are they and they are we, and the “global village” is ever so quickly turning into a “global box office.”
Posted on March 19, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – READER Q&A: INDIE FILM PRE-SALES AND MORE
I recently noticed that I hadn’t had a “Reader Q&A” installment in awhile, so that’s what we’re doing today. Thus, without further ado, let’s roll into some of your questions, and some of my answers…
Posted on March 12, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – “ARGO”: POST OSCAR SUCCESS BANKS ON “WHAT’S NEXT?”
This year, “Argo” is utilizing new technology to drive its post-Oscar sales, which is a vast departure from how other “Best Picture” winners have enjoyed their post-Oscar success. So, today we’re examining how “Best Picture” winners have gone from banking on a bump on the silver screen to hoping for a point and click on your computer screen…
Posted on March 5, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – “WELCOME TO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF WONDERPHIL!”
After having a successful and harmonious working relationship with a given filmmaker, Phil Gorn asks talented visionary and storyteller about their upcoming projects, to see if there is a mutual interest to produce a film together. If a synergy arises, a celluloid dream is born…
Posted on February 26, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – TAKING THE (INDIE FILM SALES) TEMPERATURE AT BERLIN/EFM 2013.
In baseball terms, the indie film world hit solid singles at Sundance, and now we rounded first and eyeing second base at Berlin/EFM. But, we’re certainly not safely into second base yet. Hell, we haven’t even tried to stretch our single into a double yet. Like I said, we’re just rounding first…
Posted on February 19, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi