The following quotes are from Hammad Zaidi’s Going Bionic.
“If a tree falls in the forest, but nobody is there to hear it, does it make a noise? I have no idea about the tree, but I wonder, “if an indie film gets made without names and nobody’s there to see it, was it ever really made?”
“Trying to get (your film) noticed off a rough cut, would be like me back in my dating days, showing up on a blind date with my 5’4”, rail-thin and somewhat disabled body, telling my date “Hi, I wanted to meet you right away, but don’t judge me for what you see. Give me a few months to make myself look better and I’ll come back a foot taller, far more buff and able-bodied.”
“Getting an advance on a non-star driven independent film these days has gone the way of the woolly mammoth and legwarmers.”
“I’m a binge writer, which means I write as close to 24/7 as possible until I finish the first draft. Then I step away for a few weeks, to come back to discover my first-draft flaws.”
“If there is one thing I’ve learned by being involved in globally targeted businesses, it’s that the more you can look outside of your country’s borders for creative collaborators, business partners, and funding opportunities, the higher chance you have of realizing your cinematic dreams.”
“They say it takes a village to raise a child, but, these days it takes a continent or two to finance an indie film.”