Birdman admits hoax: Is filmmaker Floris Kaayck

Flying Bird Man Admits Flying Bird Man Is Fake.

Jarno Smeets—actually a Dutch CGI artist named Floris Kaayk—fessed up to the hoax on De Wereld Draait Door, a Dutch TV show.

Suspicions were immediately aroused. But now, the reveal has occurred on dutch TV…

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EDIT: Video was removed by youtube.


Tip: @matthetube (Matt Crowley) on Twitter

Why did he do it? It appealed to people’s dreams of flight. And, he did it to see if he could tell a good story. Success. Flying? Fail. But he fooled a lot of people, didn’t he.

Two observations: one, it’s hard to get away with this stuff. People were critical RIGHT away, as they SHOULD be. So, you can’t trust any video or picture, too easy to fake. Second, many people WANTED to believe and they were willing to overlook the questions because it was an appealing idea. Be skeptical.


  3 comments for “Birdman admits hoax: Is filmmaker Floris Kaayck

  1. Kevin
    March 22, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    OR, alternatively, don’t feel the need to hop all over everything and be right.

    Let’s be honest, most of the “I CAN TELL BY THE PIXELS” people are always wrong and they’re picking at things that they don’t understand.

    Every single video ever posted to YouTube has a hundred pre-teens screeching “FAAAAAAKE.” it just gets super annoying.

    Calm down. I know that’s anathema to the internet and all, though.

  2. March 23, 2012 at 6:51 AM

    Some of us in CG for a living *wanted* it to be real but alarm bells went off very early.
    Personally I feel a bit ripped off rather than impressed, it seems at best a poor practical joke and at worst a bit of cynical marketing.

  3. John Crawford
    March 25, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    the birdman was faked and so was the 1969 moonlanding how could man walk on a surface that is 200 below zero you would freez faster than a pop cicle

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