03/22/2014 02:14 pm ET Updated Mar 22, 2014

Watch A Clip From Steven Spielberg's Early Lost Film 'Firelight'


For some insight into what made Steven Spielberg an Academy Award-winning director with a net worth of $3.4 billion, try out this short clip of a film he made before his budgets were the size of the giant shark that propelled him to fame. From 1964, "Firelight" was made for less than $4,000 and screened at one theater upon its completion. Then the production company went out of business and lost the film reels. The movie has never been seen since, except for this four-minute clip that surfaced online a few years ago and is now making the Internet rounds again.

Thirteen years before "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "Firelight" follows a group of Arizona scientists who begin a hunt for aliens after spotting usual colors in the sky and noticing a slew of disappearances. Because you're not likely ever to see this movie, we'll spoil the ending now: According to Lost Media, the "twist ending sees three aliens (represented only by shadows) descending on the Earth, revealing their plans to abduct the entire town of Freeport for the purpose of creating a human zoo, back on their home planet of Altaris." Watch below, and don't panic when the sound cuts out in spots. It's old, ya know?



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