GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – EXAMINING THE WORLDWIDE LAUNCH OF “GRAVITY”

Today we’re going to examine some key factors that have made Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” a trend-setting formula for the foreseeable future…



Posted on November 19, 2013 by

GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – 2013 END OF YEAR NAVIGATION STRATEGIES

Welcome to the 185th edition of Going Bionic! Before we get started, I wanted to personally thank each and every one of you Veterans out there for your service. People like me can write columns like this, because of people like you, so I thank you for the freedom of everyone you keep safe…



Posted on November 12, 2013 by

GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – AFM STRATEGIES

Welcome to the 184th edition of Going Bionic. Today we’re discussing the AFM (The American Film Market), America’s largest film sales market…



Posted on November 5, 2013 by

GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY: “BAD GRANDPA” ADDS A NEW WRINKLE TO BOX OFFICE TRENDS

Today we’re going to examine how “Bad Grandpa” wheezed its way to the top of the box office and what that means to all of us filmmakers who are formulating our next move…



Posted on October 29, 2013 by

GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – COPYRIGHT INSIGHTS!

Today we’re going to explore a few key “Copyright Strategies” that can sharply increase the value of your cinematic property.



Posted on October 22, 2013 by

GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – READING BETWEEN THE LINES

One of the most important abilities to learn and master in the motion picture and television industry is to know what someone is saying about your project without them actually having to say it…



Posted on October 15, 2013 by

GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – THE FOLLOWING COMEDY IS RATED “R”

Today we’re examining the recent rise of “R” rated comedies at the box office. While PG, and PG-13 releases continue to eat the biggest slice of the box office pie, “R” rated comedies have done so well lately, they’ve gone from being somewhat risky propositions that film studios rarely bet on, (unless they are making a sequel to a highly successful franchise like The Hangover or American Pie series of films) to becoming financially sound investments that are seeing quite a growth spurt lately.



Posted on October 8, 2013 by

GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – ANOTHER READER Q&A!

Today we’re answering five questions that have found their way to my inbox lately. Motion picture financing, loan structures, film festival strategies, IMDB listings and deferred post-production deals are all on the menu, so I hope you’re hungry…



Posted on October 1, 2013 by

GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – JUST SAY YES!

Last week’s article discussed five things to say “no” to, when it comes to advancing your career or increasing the salability of your film. Thus, today we’re going over five things to say “yes” to, which should help to advance or at least enhance your situation…



Posted on September 24, 2013 by

GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – JUST SAY NO!

Today we’re going over four elements for you say “NO” to. As we all know, every single creative person in the entertainment industry hears the word “no” far more than he or she hear “yes.” Thus, my intension today is to provide you with situations where saying “no” is the best move for both you and your film…



Posted on September 17, 2013 by

GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – THE (SURPRISINGLY UNEXPECTED) RECORD-BREAKING SUMMER OF 2013

Today we’re discussing a few factors that made this summer the single most financially memorable one ever. So stick around, because what happened this past summer directly effects what films are developed, acquired and or distributed for the foreseeable future…



Posted on September 10, 2013 by

GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – GOING BIONIC TURNS 175, SO ENJOY A SLICE OF CELLULOID PIZZA!

As we celebrate our 175th edition today, I’m going to serve you a handful of slices of the “celluloid pizza” we’ve been digesting here at Going Bionic,” since the Spring…



Posted on September 3, 2013 by

GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – THE ART OF SUBMISSION – PART 2 – FILMS

Today, as promised last week, we’re discussing five strategies on how to submit completed feature films to the powers that be (studios and/or talent agencies)…



Posted on August 27, 2013 by

GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – THE ART OF SUBMISSION – PART 1

Today we’re starting a two-part series on “The Art of Submission.” Since submitting material is a broad topic, this article will focus on submitting screenplays. Don’t worry, filmmakers; we’ll cover several strategies involved with submitting your feature or TV series next week…



Posted on August 20, 2013 by

GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – THE ANATOMY OF CASTING, PART 2

Casting a feature at a time when most actors’ values are lower than they were in 2008, is a task and a half for even the best producers, directors and casting agents. That’s why every move you make in your casting phase directly effects every dollar you take at the box office and beyond…



Posted on August 13, 2013 by

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