The YouTube road to success (and plagiarism?)

OK, now that may sound a tad harsh, but this was my reaction when I learned that a producer from Uruguay who created and then uploaded a short film of his to YouTube in November of 2009 was offered a $30m (£18.6m) contract to make a Hollywood film.

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

At first I was “wicked cool” but then I watch the five minute clip clip, and thought, “Wow! Have I already seen this film!” Well, you watch it, and then I’ll continue:

So, here’s what I got out of this. A film producer from Uruguay rips off the plot from War of the Worlds, changes the slow-moving tripods to slow-moving robots, throws in the fighting airships from Independence Day, spices it a bit with a Spielbergain opening (with the little kid), gives it a downbeat, bummer ending, like the Dawn of the Dead films, and winds up with a $30 million contract?

While I’m happy for the guy and all, something clearly just isn’t right about all this, as it so clearly ripped off from several high-profile films.

The Perfessor