Mathilda’s Weird World Weblog

October 25, 2008

UFO video from Haiti.. is a hoax

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — mathilda37 @ 5:13 pm

Some French guy made it as a showcase for his skills for getting an SFX job in the movies.

Barzolff, Sam said, wished to remain anonymous, but he was prepared to share the full story of the videos. I agreed not to reveal his real name. Then I was all ears as Sam began parroting into the phone the words I could hear Barzolff saying in the background.

The 35-year-old Barzolff is a professional animator who attended one of the most prestigious art schools in France and has a decade of experience with computer graphics and commercial animation.

It took Barzolff a total of 17 hours to make both the Haiti and Dominican Republic videos. He did it all by himself using a MacBook Pro and a suite of commercially available 3-D animation programs, including Vue 6. The videos are 100% computer-generated.

The videos, he said, were intended as research for a feature film project he’s been working on with Partizan, the France-based production company responsible for, among others, Michel Gondry’s “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”

When contacted to verify the story, “Eternal Sunshine” producer Georges Bermann said it was all true, and that Barzolff was “an absolute genius” who could “make anything look entirely real.”

To prove that he was truly behind the videos, Barzolff agreed to provide the L.A. Times with a new spacecraft video. Called “Proof,” the video depicts a small version of one of the spacecraft floating above a Paris street. As the camera pans over, the viewer sees two elderly women at a cafe, one of whom is holding a remote control device. Humorously, of course, this video makes use of computer graphics as well.

The movie Barzolff is working on for the big screen is about two guys who create a UFO hoax so realistic that it spirals out of their control. “For better or worse,” said Barzolff, who cited being “overwhelmed” by the response to his video as one of the reasons he didn’t want to go public with his name.

Barzolff stressed the videos were not intended as a viral marketing ploy. His movie is still in the idea phase, and he created the hoax strictly as a “sociological experiment” — in other words, just to see what would happen.

What happened far exceeded his expectations.

After he finished producing the videos, he posted them and went to bed. “I thought they would reach perhaps 2,000 people,” he said through Sam.

“When I woke up the next morning there were 70,000 views,” on the Haiti video. “Twenty minutes later it was up to 130,000 views. It grew exponentially from there.”

Barzolff called the results of his experiment “entertaining, thrilling, completely addictive, and a little scary.”

The scary part, he said, was that in spite of the evidence, “many people refuse to believe it’s a hoax”.

And here is his quickly knocked together ‘proof video’. And his channel on youtube.


October 24, 2008

The UFO at the twin towers…

Filed under: Aliens, UFO's — Tags: , , — mathilda37 @ 1:51 pm

Was a hoax. Well, technically it’s an advert called ‘the blimp’ for the Sci fi channel. The ‘tourist is an actress (Barbara Sicuranza) and the UFO is a computer inserted effect.

See link. Some people will believe anything.

Was the McPherson tape a real alien abduction?

Filed under: Aliens, UFO's — Tags: , , , — mathilda37 @ 9:42 am

In a a word, NO.

It was a low budget docu-drama made in 1988 by film-maker Dean Alioto  on a budget of $6,500. Here is what he had to say about it…

In 1988 I was headed for my 25th birthday and I had not yet made my first feature film — this 25th year mark is crucial for most filmmakers as it was the age that, Orson Wells, Coppola, Scorsese, Spielberg all had made their first films by.  Unlike them, I had a budget that equaled the size of craft service for a day on a studio feature film.  One night after reading the latest books on the UFO phenomenon (Communion, Missing Time, and the books of Jacques Vale), I came up with the idea of making the most realistic movie on UFO abduction ever made.  The best part of the idea was that it could be done for my miniscule budget.  I wrote an outline of twenty action beats based on the claimed abduction experience.  I hired a group of skilled improve actors, except for myself who played the 16 year old shooting the video, and shot the direct-to-video movie in one night, in one continuous take, on 8mm video.  The guy who created the UFO craft and aliens has since gone on to be the production designer for the recent live-action Scooby-Doo films — Bill Boes.

It’s listed on the Interent movie database here. There’s a more detailed explanation of the whole story here.


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