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October 24, 2008

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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