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
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – “42″ TAKES A SWING FOR THE RECORD BOOKS
As for today’s article, it’s sponsored by the number “42,” accompanied by the numbers $27,487,144, 3003, and the number #1. We’re talking about the release of the film, “42,” which just came in #1 at the box office, by earning $27,487,144 on 3003 theatrical screens…
Posted on April 16, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – “WET BEHIND THE EARS” IS (LITERALLY) TAKING OFF!
“Wet Behind The Ears” has just partnered with American Airlines to make the film the first independent feature to be showcased on American Airlines flights. While this partnership may seem non-traditional, it also marks a whole new frontier of ways in which an independent film can be marketed to mass audiences.
Posted on April 9, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – MICHELANGELO SCREENWRITING IN ITALY + WONDERCON IN ANAHEIM!
As promised last week, today we’re exploring “Michelangelo Screenwriting,” a writing intensive summer excursion that takes place in Orvieto, Italy. As an added bonus, we’re also taking a peek behind the mask of WonderCon – Anaheim.
Posted on April 2, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
Welcome to the 150th consecutive weekly edition of ”Going Bionic.” That’s right, we turn 150 today, and I truly can’t believe we are here.
Posted on March 26, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – “INDIE FILMMAKER, MEET CHINA. CHINA, MEET INDIE FILMMAKER.”
There is no longer an “us and them,” when it comes to the world of cinema. We are they and they are we, and the “global village” is ever so quickly turning into a “global box office.”
Posted on March 19, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – READER Q&A: INDIE FILM PRE-SALES AND MORE
I recently noticed that I hadn’t had a “Reader Q&A” installment in awhile, so that’s what we’re doing today. Thus, without further ado, let’s roll into some of your questions, and some of my answers…
Posted on March 12, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – “ARGO”: POST OSCAR SUCCESS BANKS ON “WHAT’S NEXT?”
This year, “Argo” is utilizing new technology to drive its post-Oscar sales, which is a vast departure from how other “Best Picture” winners have enjoyed their post-Oscar success. So, today we’re examining how “Best Picture” winners have gone from banking on a bump on the silver screen to hoping for a point and click on your computer screen…
Posted on March 5, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – “WELCOME TO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF WONDERPHIL!”
After having a successful and harmonious working relationship with a given filmmaker, Phil Gorn asks talented visionary and storyteller about their upcoming projects, to see if there is a mutual interest to produce a film together. If a synergy arises, a celluloid dream is born…
Posted on February 26, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – TAKING THE (INDIE FILM SALES) TEMPERATURE AT BERLIN/EFM 2013.
In baseball terms, the indie film world hit solid singles at Sundance, and now we rounded first and eyeing second base at Berlin/EFM. But, we’re certainly not safely into second base yet. Hell, we haven’t even tried to stretch our single into a double yet. Like I said, we’re just rounding first…
Posted on February 19, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
The word for today is “Mauritius.” No, that’s not some hip, new German slang I picked up last week, it’s a gorgeous island country of 1.3 million people, twice the size of Berlin, that’s tucked away in the Indian Ocean about 1,100 miles east of Madagascar. Mauritius is the word of the day, because it offers a newly created 30% cash rebate for qualifying production expenditures.
Posted on February 12, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
If you’re wondering what the Super Bowl has to do with film distribution, the NFL’s biggest stage slayed the weekend box office. Weekend earnings were at about $68.5 million for the top 12 films, proving once again that film studios would be wise to not open their gems opposite the NFL’s annual crowning moment…
Posted on February 5, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
It’s time to get moving on your script for your soon-to-be-financed indie feature, because the distributors’ checkbooks are back and waiting to buy your cutting-edge, cinematic voice. All you have to do is make it good!
Posted on January 29, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi