There are a few things that are a bit unclear from the story, which alternates at points between dollars and pounds, so you may question the validity of the details. However, watching the video is quite compelling, yet again. We’ve seen other top amateur films with amazing special effects made on the cheap, and this is another one to add to the pile. Hollywood keeps insisting that it needs to produce $200 million movies, and studio insiders, who like to hang out in our comments and dismiss amateur special effects as being worthless, will — of course — mock this as being nothing special. And, sure, you can definitely see that the quality of the $500 effort is not the same as a big budget Hollywood film. But it’s not that far off. And what can be done today for $500 couldn’t even have been matched by Hollywood’s bigshots a decade ago. Just think what an amateur and $500 will do a decade from now? And then explain, again, why we’re going to “need” to produce $200 million special effect bonanza movies again?
In the meantime, congrats to this guy, who turned $500 into a chance to play around with a lot more (though, not $200 million). It’s difficult to turn that sort of opportunity down, though it would have been even cooler to see what he could have done on a smaller budget as well.