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“Fate of the Furious” and how the the “Fast and Furious” Franchise Raced to Cinema Glory.

Hey, Everybody!  In honor of “The Fast and the Furious,” franchise,  today we’re examining the previous seven films that have raced through the worldwide box office since 2001. These films have earned a worldwide box office total of $3.9 billion, …

Questions From our Readers

Hey, everyone. Welcome to Going Bionic.Today we’re reaching into my email account, and pulling out a handful of recent questions I’ve received.  So without further ado, let’s dive into to our Going Bionic mailbag. I Was Recently  Rejected From Sundance, …

Hipper, Younger Dramas

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. While dramas like Lawrence of Arabia, Glengarry Glen Ross, and Schindler’s List have …

3 Big Film Finance Killers!

Welcome to Going Bionic. I hope you’re having a fantastic Friday morning. Today we’re exploring three “finance killers” that will likely kill, or at least severely injure the chances of your picture being funded. So, for the sake of your project …

Delivering a Film

I was nursing an Arctic-cold Dr. Pepper at the American Film Market (AFM) on Santa Monica Beach a few years ago, when a fiercely confident independent filmmaker interrupted my moment of bliss by asking me why he couldn’t sell his …

Territorial Insights

One of the best lessons I ever learned about knowing my international territories came in Budapest, Hungary at DISCOP; a Film and TV content market “for growing world regions.” I was at dinner with Edward Stencel, (a dear friend who …

Read 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. Since much of this industry runs …

Film Production Strategies

Since January of 1997, I’ve produced and or executive several independent productions. I’ve also had the honor to serve as a film festival jury member, screener or panelist at several festivals worldwide. From the far north reaches of Dawson City, …

Development Hell!

The first draft of the first screenplay I ever wrote left a lot to be desired. It was a family drama I wrote with a friend of mine in the fall of ’94, just months after I graduated UCLA Film …

Co-Production Protocol

Today I’d like to discuss a handful of thoughts on co-production protocol, with regards to partially financing your feature films overseas. So, without further ado, here are five tactics designed to assist you in your journey. Don’t Give Anyone A …

Co-Production Financing

Today we’re focusing on International Co-Productions as a way to finance your cinematic genius in waiting. Now, unless you already have direct relationships with government-run cinema finance boards all across the globe, the best way to crack the door open …

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