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Spoof UFO video becomes YouTube hit, Wired story

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 | Posted by Jim Thacker

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A spoof UFO video created by director Aristomenis ‘Meni’ Tsirbas and students at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects has become first a YouTube hit and now a rather nice story in Wired, thanks to some excellent CG work.

While you may not be in the same camp as the YouTube poster who labelled it a fake because the craft is the wrong shape (the “real ones are lentil-shaped”), you may be surprised to learn just how much is digital.

“The point of the video was to prove that CGI can look natural and convincing,” Tsirbas told Wired. “Everybody assumes [that while the UFOs are probably fake] the background and car are real. I usually have to [show] a wireframe of the entire shot to prove that nothing is real.”

Nice stuff. Wired’s making-of article also includes some of the wireframes in question.

Read Wired’s story on the making of the video

Full disclosure: CG Channel is owned by the Gnomon School of Visual Effects.

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  • http://delf.com danny elfman

    nice camera tracking, although its easy to make a silhouette look real given its completely black…

  • Henrik

    This was my thought as well. Once you pay any real attention to the car itself it pops out quite a bit as fake. This video reminded me a bit of a silly UFO tracking vid I did a couple of years ago, though obviously far more well done – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sH1b5fBWsBk – I used a darken blend mode to make it appear that the UFO was behind the treeline. Combined with tracking in AE, it’s just about one of the easiest type of fx shots to pull off. Still, not all that bad.

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