Just two weeks after his short film Panic Attack! hit YouTube, everyone in Hollywood now wants a piece of Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Alvarez. The four-minute short was reportedly shot for just $300 and features robots and UFOs wreaking havoc on a city. I have to admit, it’s pretty impressive stuff, and the comparisons to Neill Blomkamp may be warranted even if it doesn’t have quite the same gritty realism or the social commentary to accompany it. (On the other hand, maybe he’ll just turn out to be the next Kerry Conran.)
In general, I think it’s pretty cool that an innovative short film can get a director noticed nowadays, although it could be bad if too many studios start blindly throwing feature-length movies at inexperienced filmmakers just based solely on a few YouTube clips. We can’t forget that Peter Jackson certainly helped guide District 9 in the right direction and served as a mentor for Blomkamp. Either way, I’m looking forward to seeing what lies ahead for Alvarez. Check out his short film after the jump and see what all the fuss is about.
Update: Alvarez has signed with Sam Raimi’s production company for his feature film debut.