Nov 28, 2008

Movie Magic and Reality Check

Modern movie special effects are amazingly good! So good that I wonder if we're losing the ability to discern real from make-believe?

Take this video for example. Many folks sent me the link recently, believing it to be an actual event rather than a clever fake posted as part of a "stealth" online advertising campaign:



The give-away for me is that
1/ there are no legitimate news reports carrying the story,

2/ the transition of the aircraft from air to ground defies the laws of momentum - no swerve, no bounce, no gradual dissipation of energy you'd expect to see from a mass of that size...

3/ and of course the snopes.com report revealing the tie in to the clothing ads.

By comparison here's an interesting selection of some convincing effects from the 1940s:


To update the old Aero-radio weather broadcasts which used to end with the warning: "Keep alert. Watch for traffic." ... let's "Keep Alert. Watch for urban legends, rumours, scams, and conspiracy theories flying direct to your desktop daily thanks to the internet. And remember to 'snope' liberally before forwarding..."

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The one wing landing video is pretty obviously bad FX. Anybody who fell for it shouldn't be let outdoors unsupervised as they'll obviously believe anything.

As fakes go, this and this are a little better.

But that's not saying much.