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The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
A black lion: real or fake?
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Use your left ear to detect lies
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
UFO Over Santa Clarita
What part of this UFO sighting has been faked?


The answer is that the UFOs are, of course, fake, but so is everything else. Every part of this video — the car, the scenery, the clouds — is CGI. Wired explains:

"UFO Over Santa Clarita" was a painstakingly crafted joke played by Aristomenis "Meni" Tsirbas, the director of the 2007 computer-animated film Battle for Terra who has also contributed visual effects and animation work to movies like Titanic and Hellboy and several Star Trek television series. A long-time champion of "photorealistic" CGI, Tsirbas and his team spent about four months mimicking the look of an accidental extraterrestrial encounter captured on a smartphone. And until now, Tsirbas hadn't revealed the truth to anyone outside a handful of friends.
"The point of the video was to prove that CGI can look natural and convincing," Tsirbas told Wired. "Everybody assumes the background and car are real, and that the UFOs are probably fake, especially the over-the-top mothership at the end. The general reaction is disbelief, so I usually have to prove it by showing a wireframe of the entire shot to prove that nothing is real."
Categories: Extraterrestrial Life, Videos
Posted by The Curator on Sat Feb 09, 2013
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