Today we’re discussing how the formula to make a successful drama has shifted from needing established stars with healthy budgets, to showcasing rising stars with anemic budgets…
Posted on October 14, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
Today I’m doing something a little different; I’m answering one question through five different segments. So, without further ado, here is the question of the day…
Posted on October 7, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FEATURE FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SUBMITTING TO SUNDANCE
Sundance had 12,218 total submissions in 2014, but only accepted 187 films. That’s an overall acceptance rate of 1.5%. In order to put such a number in perspective, consider that Harvard University’s acceptance rate in 2014 was 5.9%…
Posted on September 30, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – THE WINDS OF CHANGE ARE AT IT AGAIN….
Today we’re highlighting two key “climate changes” that affect every filmmaker, big or small…
Posted on September 23, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
We’ve recently spent time discussing how the collapse of the summer box office and the bleak sales at the Toronto International Film Festival muddy the outlook for smaller films, so today we’re going to discuss how Sony (Screen Gems) thriller “No Good Deed” just performed a “good deed” for indies everywhere.
Posted on September 16, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – WHAT CHRIS ROCK’S $12.5 MILLION DOLLAR SALE FOR “TOP FIVE” AT TORONTO TELLS US
Toronto has a long history of premiering commercially successful, Oscar-winning gems, like “Chariots of Fire,” “The Bill Chill,” “Sideways,” “The King’s Speech” and “Argo,” but the highly coveted festival has yet to yield a no-brainer acquisition this year…
Posted on September 9, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – HERE LIES THE SUMMER OF 2014 AT THE BOX OFFICE… MAY IT REST IN PEACE
As we wrap up the 2014 summer at the box office, which is down nearly 15% from 2013, here are a handful of observations about this forgettable summer…
Posted on September 2, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
Since the 66th annual Emmy Awards just concluded, today is the perfect time to discuss a few key trends that emerged from last night’s results.
Posted on August 26, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
Today we’re taking a peek into what films are dominating the international box office…
Posted on August 19, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – FIVE INDIE FILMMAKER FAUX PAS TO AVOID!
Today we’re discussing a handful of faux pas that independent filmmakers commonly make while creating their cinematic offerings. These colossal mishaps occur time and time again, regardless of the genre or the filmmaker’s country of origin.
Posted on August 12, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY” ORBITS AUGUST BOX OFFICE RECORDS
Today we’re discussing the surprisingly solid launch of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and how its stellar numbers may alter summer release strategies in the future…
Posted on August 5, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
Today we’re discussing Comic-Con. Born on March 21, 1970 in San Diego, when about 100 people showed up for a one-day event, Comic-Con has grown into an eclectic, four-day marketing sensation that houses 130,000 people and produces over 600 events…
Posted on July 29, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – THE 2014 SUMMER BOX OFFICE GOES ON VACATION
Welcome to Going Bionic, #224. Today we’re discussing the epically shitty summer box office of 2014.
Posted on July 22, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – BUSINESS PLANS – FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Most investors cut checks on market probabilities, not once-in-a-generation possibilities…
Posted on July 15, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
Today we’re reaching into to our mailbag and answering a handful of questions on casting an indie film.
Posted on July 8, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi