GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – DUMB AND (NOT SO) DUMBER TO RULES THE BOX OFFICE
Before you rub your eyes to make sure they’re not deceiving you, it’s true: “Dumb and Dumber To” stumbled its way past Disney’s “Big Hero 6″ and Chris Nolan’s “Interstellar,” to win the weekend box office.
Posted on November 18, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
Before we analyzing the trends emerging from the soon-to-be-winding down American Film Market, I’d like to first thank all Veterans for their service, and wish them a very happy Veterans Day…
Posted on November 11, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
At first glance, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may not seem like they would be a candidate for worldwide box office domination, even with their unmatched agility, enviable powers and lethal weapons. However, at 244 millionth glances, one for each dollar the film has made internationally to date, we have to respect the power of the turtle.
Posted on November 4, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – THREE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ACQUIRING LIFE RIGHTS
Welcome to Going Bionic, #238. Today we’re tackling the overtly treacherous world of acquiring life story rights…
Posted on October 28, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – CHINA HELPS “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY” ORBIT THE TOP OF THE INTERNATIONAL BOX OFFICE
As for our topic this week, we’re going to discuss how China helped “Guardians of the Galaxy” become the biggest film on the planet outside of North America…
Posted on October 21, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
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