Astonishing zero-budget Killer Robots Film lands film maker in Hollywood!

Good lord! I was just sent this… the film is above, the cutting from the BBC news site below. Irrespective of whether this really cost $300, or if the reported deal does come off or not (I sense a great deal of hyperbolae) I am sure that this guy is destined for great things. Terrific stuff! Great short. Great campaign (whether engineered or accidental), great things to come I hope! 

It's a great example of what desktop technology and love can accomplish, though I would love to know how long it took. Really took.

Of course, all these amazing visuals need backing up with great characters on a journey or you will end up with something empty and hollow, like 'Transformers 2'. I really hope they have a great idea, great script and passion for stories, and not just killer effects and visuals. Fingers crossed.

OK here’s the BBC blurb…

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.

Original BBC post here

(Thanks Don for the tip!)

Onwards and upwards!

Chris Jones, Film Maker and Author

3 Responses to Astonishing zero-budget Killer Robots Film lands film maker in Hollywood!

  1. Mark December 18, 2009 at 10:54 pm #

    A great looking film, camera angles, editing etc. This would make a fantastic music video.

    As for a feature film perhaps thats a whole different ballgame. Hypothetically, if you can make a badly written, directed acted film with hollywood style sfx then the sfx illusion will fade and good acting or 3d could become fashionable.

    Better examples of this are the star wars fan films.

    Personally for me what makes a great film is a well put together balance of film craft such as acting, fx, lighting, sound etc and most importantly story and that certain X factor.

  2. Ian December 20, 2009 at 11:22 pm #

    It’s a nice effects reel, but to say it was done for a few hundred pounds is a bit shallow. Unless they can find me somewhere I can buy that quality camera, that quality editing software, through in a computer to do all the processing on, and I’ll happily hand over £300 – in fact, I’ll even buy you a cake as a token of my thanks 🙂

  3. Chris Jones December 21, 2009 at 8:04 am #

    I agree completely. This film did not cost $300… But it does highlight the fact that most film makers now own their own stuff, be it a camera. editing and FX software… So this is no longer considered part of the budget. Much like a musician who owns their own violin. More importantly, its a headline grabber, made for $300…

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