After 256 articles over four years, nine months and 13 days, my little column that navigates the world of international and domestic film distribution, while injecting a healthy dose of career strategy and occasional encouragement, is moving to its new home, goingbionic.com next Tuesday, March 10.
Posted on March 3, 2015 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – SMALLISH FILMS FEASTED (AGAIN) AT THE 87TH ACADEMY AWARDS!
Luckily for all indie filmmakers, the little guys dominated the Oscars. Thus, today we’re going to highlight some of the most fascinating trends that emerged from the 87th Academy Awards.
Posted on February 24, 2015 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – ANALYZING ALL $266 MILLION SHADES OF GREY WORLDWIDE!
Fifty Shades of Grey earned an astonishing $94,394,940 in 3,646 theaters from Friday through Presidents Day Monday, which is a $25,890 per screen average. The release into 3.646 theaters was the single-largest of its kind for a rated “R” film, and the picture had the most pre-sales ever for and picture listed on Fandango…
Posted on February 17, 2015 by Hammad Zaidi
Today we’re scoping the most financially successful war film of all time, “American Sniper”…
Posted on February 10, 2015 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – SUNDANCE 2015 SPRINGS LIFE INTO INDEPENDENT CINEMA VALUES!
Few years have exuded such hope for the future of independent cinema like 2015 just did in Park City. Thus, now would be the time for indie filmmakers to pay attention to the types of films that were picked-up at Sundance…
Posted on February 3, 2015 by Hammad Zaidi
When looking at both China and Singapore, you should be proactive as opposed to being reactive. Make inroads now, meet people, read about current opportunities, and expand your cinematic horizons, so you can reach your goals!
Posted on January 27, 2015 by Hammad Zaidi
In honor of our 250th column, today I’m showcasing some of my favorite articles that were written abroad…
Posted on January 20, 2015 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – TIME SAVING STRATEGIES WHEN DEALING WITH INVESTORS!
Today we’re discussing three things you can do to save time when dealing with potential investors. While there are no blazingly quick career routes to take, knowing what path not to journey will save you months of anguish.
Posted on January 13, 2015 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – WHAT FILM BUYERS ARE CRAVING IN 2015…
While the usual suspects of action, psychological and supernatural thriller films remain on the buyers’ menu for 2015, the newest menu item that film buyers are craving is more than a bit surprising: Family Films involving kids and pets.
Posted on January 6, 2015 by Hammad Zaidi
Hey, filmmakers! Welcome to Going Bionic #247, aka our Year-In-Review. Here is a look back at our treacherous, but often-times trend-filled 2014!
Posted on December 30, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – PUTTING A FORK IN THE HORRIFIC 2014 BOX OFFICE!
Today we’re discussing the historically horrific 2014 holiday box office, which is dying a sorry death before New Year’s Day…
Posted on December 23, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FEATURE FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – NOTE TO SELF: HOW TO DEAL WITH BAD NOTES!
Today we’re exploring three quick ways on how to field horrific notes on your scripts or feature films, without jumping off a bridge, or burning a bridge with the person who gave you the notes…
Posted on December 16, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
With 2014 settling into our rear view mirror in three weeks and a few days, today is the perfect time to help you jumpstart your 2015 career strategy by discussing key “sweet spots” for indie film budgets…
Posted on December 9, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
Today we’re exploring three “finance killers” that will likely kill, or at least severely injure, the chances of your picture being funded…
Posted on December 2, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCES ARE ‘HUNGRIER’ FOR THE HUNGER GAMES!
With the international box office mushrooming daily, the domestic box office is becoming slightly less significant, tent pole release after tent pole release…
Posted on November 25, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi