The Most Realistic Fake UFO Video Ever

I've been saying for years that in the modern era of CGI special effects, all UFO videos are worth nothing without at least some independent verification of the sighting. And the YouTube video above is the perfect illustration of that, with its incredibly realistic rendering - take a look at it.

What's that you say? It's a very stylish looking alien craft, but you can see that it's obviously a fake that's been composited into the footage? Actually, that's the sucker punch. The mind-blowing revelation about this UFO footage is that *everything* in the video is CGI - the car, the sky, the entire environment:

“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.”

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I confess I'm in awe at the clever misdirection created by these artists.

If they had chosen a more 'traditional' (read 'simple') shape for the UFOs, with a buzzing sound instead of the Sci-Fyish rocket roar, this would have fooled a lot more people --including myself, perhaps...

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It's all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

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Yeah, but there is also something "too real" about them. For one thing. most pedestrians do not carry around cameras capable of that quality of imagery on the spur of the moment. Granted, the cell phone will eventually be a very high quality motion camera, but they aren't really there yet. I do agree though that no digital imagery can be trusted anymore. A lot of the better digital footage flooding the net nowadays is put out there to be busted and debunked as part of the overall agenda of debunkment by the PTB.

The best convincing is to get out there in the world and watch the sky yourself. There is enough activity in the sky now that most anyone will have a sighting if they but start looking at the sky again. That is a lost pastime. My own personal sightings form the basis of my ideas about ultra high tech craft zipping around out there. Whether they are "ours" or "theirs" I cannot say for sure, but there are some astounding technologies flying around out there.

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totally awesome stuff all around all the time

i can look outside myself and find things that i cannot automatically identify

(tho i still haven't seen anything like what my father has seen or friends of mine...)

sometimes i can even notice how these things change when i decide what to label it

i remember i had a really fun time when i was watching a tv and had some extreme cognitive dissonance at a moving image of a dog coming towards the camera through some snow but for some reason I DIDN'T RECOGNIZE ANYTHING in the picture so for a few seconds it was TOTALLY ALIEN

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wonderful play :3

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http://www.dronehoax.com/

I have always thought this to have been the best CGI hoax so far.

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*giggle* how punk :3

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Nice CGI but even had this not been an admitted fake, there are several telltale signs it is such as the inconceivable odds a UFO sighting would occur simultaneously in the exact spot somebody was randomly running their video camera while driving - people get so mesmerized with the quality of the video they forget to analyze the odds of such a fortuitous coincidence. And then the mothership materializiung and dematerializing perfectly in frame again demands even longer odds - with the two occurring in the same video and span of oh 30 seconds being impossible. So beautifully done CGI but not convincing when one takes a step back...

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I think those elements you point out were clever deceptions used by the artists, in order to take emphasis out of the fact that the entire setting was 100% digital.

A 'not looking the forests for the trees' kinda thing ;)

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See video

Gilliland's Ranch in Washington state continues to be the best trove of video footage of UFO's. I was hoping that the episode of Paranormal State's visit tot he ranch would be up on Youtube, but it has been taken down apparently. The film crew above though got visuals that are typical. Mt. Adams is the locus of the sightings. People invariably come away from the ranch gobsmacked by what they see.

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Goes to the creator of this and a future designer of Pixar movies ;)

...I forgot how I got here but everyone seems to be heading off in that direction. I hope someone brought food. I have a feeling this is going to be a long journey................

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I am not sure what that is supposed to mean, but literally hundreds of people have come to the ranch and seen these craft zipping about. This is not some one off thing. Some guy from NASA spent a couple of nights there and said he had no idea what was flying around up there but they were not "ours." Gilliland ranch is a mecca for UFO observers. I hope to spend a few nights there myself one day.

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I was replying to the video posted in the original discussion by Greg, sorry for the confusion emlong. I was talking about the movie on the top of the page, which was CGI.

...I forgot how I got here but everyone seems to be heading off in that direction. I hope someone brought food. I have a feeling this is going to be a long journey................

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Cool.

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On my list of things to do in 2013 is to arrange a road trip of locals to visit that site --

they've got their own website, too :3 It's purdy

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...I'll bring da chips ;3

...I forgot how I got here but everyone seems to be heading off in that direction. I hope someone brought food. I have a feeling this is going to be a long journey................

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e estrada was a cutie on that show

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How come “real” UFO videos never have this proximity or detail? Not ever?

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i blame tv & movies (well-lit areas, everyone wearing makeup, 'random' looking garbage is really put there intentionally, etc etc etc) :3

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"Real" UFO's usually do not want to be seen with much clarity perhaps, and there is a lot of UV streaming off of the craft because of their propulsion systems which used to smear on the older films. Some of the most interesting still photos I ever saw were taken by Ellen Crystall with UV sensitive film. It was fascinating to see the UV signature coming off these craft. Nuclear engines give off a lot of UV though I am not sure it is nuclear engines responsible for it in UFO's, but UFO's do appear to be using very quickly rotating plasmas for propulsion.

http://davidsereda.blogspot.com/2005/09/...

"Hot mirrors"
http://www.disclose.tv/forum/infrared-to...

Most genuine UFO's are surrounded by intense energy fields that might preclude "clear" photography.
http://rense.com/general74/bright.htm

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they're totally fucking with us :3

i like it -- they like to flirt

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Greg,

here's something a friend showed me...apparently Disney once did a UFO doc...

See video

totally coolies!

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