GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – “THE LEGO MOVIE”: A BLUEPRINT FOR SUCCESS
While you may not think a toy-inspired studio film has anything to do with your indie film career, you may want to think outside of your indie box today. Hollywood is full of copycats, and once an industry leader (i.e. in this case Warner Brothers) is successful on a low-risk/high return formula, all others tend to follow their lead…
Posted on February 18, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – GREETINGS FROM THE BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL/EUROPEAN FILM MARKET – 2014!
Since it seems as though half of the globe is represented here, such representation brings millions of dollars of development and production funds. Thus, filmmakers who are interested in co-production opportunities would almost certainly enhance their Rolodex here in Berlin…
Posted on February 11, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
Lets reach into the depths of your recent questions and see what we can do about offering some clarity to some of the issues that litter our world of independent cinema…
Posted on February 4, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – SUNDANCE 2014 REVEALS NEW FILM ACQUISITION TRENDS
The financial value of indie films may be falling, and the platform on which they are distributed may be changing, but the sum of those two parts doesn’t spell doom. In fact, they spell “bloom,” because a greater number of independent visions and voices will find an audience in 2014 and beyond…
Posted on January 28, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – HOW WOMEN MOVIEGOERS HELPED ‘RIDE ALONG’ SET BOX OFFICE RECORDS!
Today we’re exploring how women moviegoers drove Ride Along to box office supremacy, and how the female audience has been crucial to the success of many films that have won MLK weekend since 2001.
Posted on January 21, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
With Sundance turning 30 this week, I thought today I would fill you in on some trends to follow through Sundance 2014, and how those trends will shape independent cinema in 2014 and beyond…
Posted on January 14, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – WHY JANUARY IS A GREAT MONTH FOR HORROR
Today we’re examining a curious trend that has recently emerged: major studios are releasing key horror and supernatural films in January, instead of October.
Posted on January 7, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
Welcome to Going Bionic, #192, otherwise known as the 2013 Year-In-Review. Since today is the last day of the year, I thought it would be appropriate to go over some key topics that we covered during the year…
Posted on December 31, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – LOOKING BACK AT YOUR CAREER IN 2013, AND LOOKING AHEAD TO YOUR 2014!
Today we’re going to look back at your bionic 2013, and help you prepare for the New Year. Thus, without further ado, here are five things you can (and should), before the year ends.
Posted on December 24, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
Today we’re reaching into the annals of my email account, and we’re pulling out a handful of recent questions I’ve received. My intension is to publicly answer the questions that will most benefit all indie filmmakers…
Posted on December 17, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
It’s time to do some “winter cleaning.” I mean now is the time for you to cut bait on dead projects and stagnant relationships, so you don’t carry your “cinematic baggage” into the New Year. Thus, here are three simple tactics to help you charge into 2014 like a lean, mean, creative machine.
Posted on December 10, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
In honor of Paul Walker, today we’re examining the phenomenon of the “Fast and Furious” series, and how they’ve raced their way to box office gold since 2001…
Posted on December 3, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – THREE WAYS TO BENEFIT FROM HOLLYWOOD’S RECENT COST-CUTTING MEASURES!
Hey filmmakers. Welcome to Going Bionic #187. Before we get started today, I wanted to wish everyone out there a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. Whether you’re eating turkey, tilapia or tofu this Thursday, I hope you enjoy your meal with family and friends.
Posted on November 26, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – EXAMINING THE WORLDWIDE LAUNCH OF “GRAVITY”
Today we’re going to examine some key factors that have made Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” a trend-setting formula for the foreseeable future…
Posted on November 19, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – 2013 END OF YEAR NAVIGATION STRATEGIES
Welcome to the 185th edition of Going Bionic! Before we get started, I wanted to personally thank each and every one of you Veterans out there for your service. People like me can write columns like this, because of people like you, so I thank you for the freedom of everyone you keep safe…
Posted on November 12, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi