Montreal’s baby-stealing eagle? “Hoax.”

December 19, 2012

It was a class project, a class project in CGI.

The baby-stealing eagle in Montreal?  Computer generated.  No real eagles were harmed in the process (no word about osprey or falcons, though . . .)

Luisa posted this in comments to the previous post:

Je suis désolée: http://blogue.centrenad.com/2012/12/19/centre-nad-reassures-montrealers-no-danger-of-being-snatched-by-a-royal-eagle?lang=en

The blog at CentreNAD said:

19 December 2012

The “Golden Eagle Snatches Kid” video, uploaded to YouTube on the evening of December 18, was made by Normand Archambault, Loïc Mireault and Félix Marquis-Poulin, students at Centre NAD, in the production simulation workshop class of the Bachelors degree in 3D Animation and Digital Design.

The video shows a royal eagle snatching a young kid while he plays under the watch of his dad. The eagle then drops the kid a few feet away. Both the eagle and the kid were created in 3D animation and integrated in to the film afterwards.

The video has already received more than 1,200,000 views on YouTube and has been mentioned by dozens of media in Canada and abroad.

The production simulation workshop class, offered in fifth semester, aims to produce creative projects according to industry production and quality standards while developing team work skills. Hoaxes produced in this class have already garnered attention, amongst others a video of a penguin having escaped the Montreal Biodôme.

Was that enough YouTube views to guarantee an A in the course?

I’ll wager the students who made the film are not “désolée” at all.

Grateful tip of the old scrub brush to Luisa, at Crows and Ravens.

More:

Animated gif showing difficulties in eagle video

.Gif showing shadow inconsistencies used to debunk video: Caption at Poynter.org: “Earlier, social media verification experts at Storyful point to evidence of fakery, including Twitter user @thornae’s animated GIF showing inconsistencies with the eagle’s shadow.”


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