Last month, filmmaker Aristomenis “Meni” Tsirbas revealed to Wired that an elaborate UFO prank video he had created was far more than what it seemed: Not only was the UFO fake, but so was everything else in the video, from the vivid blue sky to the car the “cameraman” was supposedly driving. In a new “making of” video titled “UFO Over Santa Clarita VFX Breakdown,” the director of the computer-generated UFO clip shows how he and his crew of students from the Gnomon School of Visual Effects crafted the amazingly photorealistic visuals where they dropped their obviously bogus alien craft.
“The video is 100 percent CGI through and through,” Tsirbas told Wired. “The electric towers [seen alongside the road] are 3-D geometry and the sky is a 3-D dome that has a texture map on it that’s a combination of painting, volumetric clouds and photogrammetry.”
For Tsirbas, a longtime champion of photorealistic CGI, the prank proved his point: That computer-generated imagery can look totally real if used wisely. Reaction to the revelation has been “very positive overall and at times oddly controversial,” Tsirbas said, with most people expressing surprise that the everyday elements are completely fake.
Here’s the video showing how it was done:
UFOs, Bigfoot, ghosts, Slenderman, etc. There is NO video evidence that we can assume is 100% genuine. If you recall, we had a similar story a few weeks ago regarding the Bird Abduction hoax, produced by film students. Don’t forget the Jerusalem UFO hoax. Also popular and fooled a lot of people. Here is another one deliberately designed to get web hits.
Not only is CGI a consideration, but even the most mundane things, like frisbees and floaty balloons cause sighting reports. And don’t forget the ubiquitous Chinese Lanterns. Remote control devices or LED quadcopters are become more common as hoaxes. Seriously, it’s hard to get excited about video as evidence since it is JUST so easy to fake this stuff.
Tip: Jamie A