The BBC reports that a Uruguayan producer has been offered a $30 million Hollywood contract on the strength of a short movie he made for 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.
So far it has had more than 1.5 million views on YouTube.
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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.
There's more at the link.
Here's the YouTube video made by Senor Alvarez.
Impressive work, even in such a small format. I'll look forward to seeing how he handles work for the big screen.