$500 YouTube Short Gets Unknown Filmmaker $30 Million from Hollywood

Hard to believe this only cost $500. Amazing. Posted on News Lite:

An unknown filmmaker from Uruguay has been given $30m by Hollywood studio bosses — to turn his $500 YouTube video of a giant robot invasion into a movie Would-be director Federico Alvarez, who runs a post-production visual effects house in Uruguay, filmed ‘Panic Attack’ with a budget of just $500 in his free time.

The five minute clip — which he then uploaded to YouTube — shows an invasion of Montevideo by giant robots and had special effects which could rival many big budget movies. Once online it got the attention of thousands of movie fans… and (not surprisingly) studio bosses who wanted to meet with Alvarez to talk about his movie.

The 30-year-old was whisked to LA where he was offered a $1 million directors fee and up to £30 million to make the film, by Mandate Pictures. The plans for the movie are said to have a “compelling original story” beyond big robots blowing stuff up.

Alvarez has also been put up in a new apartment, given a new car and will work with Spider-Man director Sam Raimi on developing the film. (Read More: News Lite)

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  • Word Eater

    How in the world did he do that for under $500?

    That was great.

    I was expecting 'Sky Captain' but it was more Spielberg's 'War of the Worlds'.

  • http://scarygirl.tumblr.com/ scarygirl

    Heheheh, they’re hoping it’ll be the next District 9 or Cloverfield…

  • http://defixiones.tumblr.com Defixiones

    Heheheh, they're hoping it'll be the next District 9 or Cloverfield…

  • Rdenner0183

     Looks like this dude got sold out by Hollywood, seems like they used a lot of his work for BATTLE: LA

  • Rdenner0183

     Looks like this dude got sold out by Hollywood, seems like they used a lot of his work for BATTLE: LA

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