YouTube video leads to Hollywood contract

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  1. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    Sweet movie for only $300!

    [youtube]<object width="560" height="340"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="560" height="340"></embed></object>[/youtube]

    A producer from Uruguay who uploaded a short film to YouTube in November 2009 has been offered a $30m (£18.6m) contract to make a Hollywood film.

    The movie will be sponsored by director Sam Raimi, whose credits include the Spiderman and Evil Dead films.

    Fede Alvarez's short film "Ataque de Panico!" (Panic Attack!) featured giant robots invading and destroying Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay.

    It is 4 mins 48 seconds long and was made on a budget of $300 (£186).

    So far it has had more than 1.5 million views on YouTube.

    "I uploaded (Panic Attack!) on a Thursday and on Monday my inbox was totally full of e-mails from Hollywood studios," he told the BBC's Latin American service BBC Mundo.

    "It was amazing, we were all shocked."

    The movie Mr Alvarez has been asked to produce is a sci-fi film to be shot in Uruguay and Argentina. He says he intends to start from scratch and develop a new story for the project.

    "If some director from some country can achieve this just uploading a video to YouTube, it obviously means that anyone could do it," he added.

    YouTube recently revealed the most watched videos of 2009. Britain's Got Talent star Susan Boyle topped the chart with more than 120 million views worldwide of her debut on the show.
  2. masomenos

    masomenos Less is more

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  3. Maikeru-sama

    Maikeru-sama Mick Green 58

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    LOL, love the background music from "28 Days later".
  4. kmp77

    kmp77 Active Member

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    Shot similarly and has about the same pace and feel. Not bad for $300 though. Definitely better than alot of direct to video and syfy movies.

    Youtube...what can't it do?!?
  5. theebs

    theebs Believe!!!!

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    that is alot of post work for 300 bucks. The whole thing is one giant comp'd shot after another...

    geez, that is awesome.
  6. Bob Sacamano

    Bob Sacamano Benched

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    his profit is 10 times the effort

  7. Mavs Man

    Mavs Man All outta bubble gum

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    No kidding. Lots of extras, too.
  8. DallasCowpoke

    DallasCowpoke Fierce Allegiance

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    Really, a no-name guy asked to make a full length movie based on the premise of alien spaceships invading earth!!?? Wow, now THAT'S an original concept to sink 30 million into.

    ~cough, cough~ publicity stunt! ~cough~
  9. xWraithx

    xWraithx Benched

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    absolutely love the shot of the classic jets fighting back at around 2:27 in the video
  10. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    The software and the video camera cost more than $300.
  11. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye.

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    These effects are infinitely superior to those in almost any film produced for television by the sci fi channel.
  12. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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  13. Teren_Kanan

    Teren_Kanan Well-Known Member

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    Truth. And if the guy who made it, was being paid to do it in an actual movie studio, the editing work would have cost far more than 300$ too.

    Anyhow, this is old right? Pretty sure this movie was already made.. had Tom Cruise in it.. War of the Worlds or something.. right? Or was it Independence Day with Will Smith...

    Point in case.. Nothing original about this at all. It's War of the Worlds style Giant Robot attack with a Independence Day Capitol Building explosion.

    Surely it's a top tier youtube video, really impressive video all around, but does it garner a $30m contract? Eh..
  14. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye.

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    What? You weren't absolutely engrossed by Python vs Anaconda?
  15. theebs

    theebs Believe!!!!

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    Well, he is being signed based on his abilities, not the film itself. the film itself serves as something a like demo reel to show what he is capable of.

    he was the producer and he got all those people to work on that short and probably managed the whole thing..

    I dont buy 300 bucks though. there is no way.

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