by Tom Rose, August 7, 2012
A video showing a group of "Generation Ex-ed" 20-somethings from Iowa using iPhones to catch a crazy, bouncing ball UFO performing incredible feats of aerodynamics has been posted to YouTube. Is it real?
If the video is staged, it scores points for authenticity. It opens with a nerdy guy meeting up with his plugged-in buds in a Cedar Rapids parking lot. He uses his iPhone to get the once-in-a-lifetime shot of a bright, white, flying orb, hovering too close to the Moon.
Suddenly, the object starts zooming through the sky at impossibly odd angles, flying faster than any airplane, jet or helicopter, all the while carefully framed in the camera. Until the end, when this inexperienced cameraman misses the money shot.
If this is a hoax, it's a pretty good one.
A few details do seem suspicious. The Unidentified Flying Object is just a dot of light and looks kind of fake. But the spontaneity of the group involved doesn't seem forced. The action doesn't feel staged and the "dialogue" seems genuinely spontaneous.
Still, if this turns out to be a student film project or something, the best critique might be that these guys should have spent a little more on the special effects.
What do you think?
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Here's the video: