GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – SUMMER WINDS SIGNAL CHANGE, PART 2 – “PACIFIC RIM” RIMS OUT AT THE BOX OFFICE
Is the world changing? Is the sky falling? Or, have the recent gargantuan budgeted releases simply neglected the most important element of films: a great story? Whatever the reasons, this summer will be remembered as the year when comedies and family programming spanked major releases at the box office…
Posted on July 16, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
Major tent pole “blockbusters” are being beaten on their opening weekends at the box office by smaller films. If this happened only once in a blue moon, studios would take notice, and then call it an anomaly. However, a smaller film has taken out a highly anticipated tent pole release three times in the last six weekends, so this is no fluke; it’s a trend…
Posted on July 9, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
If you view your career your as if it were a game of Donkey Kong, then you can keep focused on getting your to the next level, regardless of the pitfalls along the way. You’ll have to deal with the occasional unplanned attack, and the ground beneath your feet may feel shaky at best, but remember, success always tastes sweeter when you’re forced to digest a few bitter pills along the way…
Posted on July 2, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
Little did I know that Tom Petty’s classic would become the anthem to my career, because decades later, I still spend time waiting (even on funded projects that are moving forward “quickly”)…
Posted on June 25, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT GETTING AN AGENT
The bottom line is, you should have some self-respect. If it takes several weeks for an agent to get back to you, then he or she is simply not interested in represented you. Thus, rather than keep beating a dead horse, you should refocus your energies to finding someone who does respond to your writing…
Posted on June 18, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – FIVE MORE THINGS FILMMAKERS NEED TO KNOW BEFORE APPROACHING INVESTORS
Most business plans that I’ve read say that money should flow back within 18-months. While I guess that’s possible, it’s also possible for a herd of unicorns to run the Kentucky Derby next May…
Posted on June 11, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – FIVE THINGS FILMMAKERS NEED TO KNOW BEFORE APPROACHING INVESTORS
Here are a handful of things you can do to give your film its best shot to get funded.
Posted on June 4, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
Since the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and Cannes Film Market are now history, I wanted to give all of you a wrap up of a) how things went and b) where things are going…
Posted on May 28, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – WELCOME TO OUR THREE-YEAR BIRTHDAY PARTY!
Happy Birthday, happy birthday, happy birthday, and welcome to the three-year birthday party of Going Bionic!
Posted on May 21, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
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