$300 YouTube Video Leads to $30M Hollywood Deal
The story began in November 2009, when Fede Alvarez, an Uruguayan director, uploaded a four-minute video to YouTube about robots attacking Montevideo City, Uruguay.
With more than 1.5 million hits, the video attracted big Hollywood producers who offered Fede a $30 million contract to make a Hollywood film.
The video, called "Ataque de Panico!" (Panic Attack!), was made on a $300 budget.
When I read about this deal I went to YouTube and watched the video, and I can honestly say the video really warrants the attention.
From the first few seconds of the video, I thought I was watching a movie trailer for a new Steven Spielberg movie.
Sure, the idea is not new, but the visual effects and the way this video was directed blew my mind. In four minutes, the city was attacked, buildings destroyed, people killed, and at the end a huge bomb made of many robots detonated and destroyed the rest of the city, possibly as much as the the country, or worse, even the whole world. You couldn't be sure which adds to the illusion.I really see big potential for Fede Alvarez and his team, and hopefully we will get to watch his new Hollywood film soon.