“Anybody could do it”

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

Remember that statement, because it will become the new mantra of YouTubers of all stripes. It’s a quote from Fede Alvarez, a Uruguayan film maker who uploaded a 4 1/2 minute science fiction original to YouTube and almost immediately got a $30 million contract from Hollywood, according to the BBC.

“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.”

Here’s the video. It’s had over 1.5 million views since being uploaded on November 9th. Amazing, and it proves, once again, that the pathways to success in media are being disrupted.


  1. $30 million? I mean, it’s amazing CGI considering what I assume must have been a shoe-string budget. But, I’ve gotta think that most CGI professionals could put together something similar pretty quickly. With no story, I don’t get why you’d take a chance on that guy?

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