posted on Jul, 15 2015 @ 10:02 AM
For me, the most interesting aspect of looking into the real background to some of the more popular UFO videos is to consider the motives of those
Over the last decade or two, I've had contact with quite a few UFO hoaxers. The motives of these individuals have varied considerably.
(1) Some companies use UFO hoaxes to promote their products. Faking a UFO video can be a relatively cheap and easy way of getting publicity.
(2) Many people created hoaxes simply for a laugh. Many within ufology doubt others would put in the effort necessary to, say, create a Photoshopped
image or a video composited using Adobe After Effects merely as a joke. However, the amount of effort involved is generally FAR less than most people
seem to think.
(3) Some artists and graphics professionals create hoaxed UFO videos to showcase their skills at creating CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) and
related techniques, such as video compositing. Many computer graphics artists that have hoaxed UFO videos give links to their hoaxes on their website
to demonstrate their talents.
(4) Art : Apart from the obvious example of crop-circle makers, several UFO videos and events have been hoaxed by individuals that considered they
were creating works of art. The audience response is part of the art-work. Several crop-circle hoaxers have branched out into this type of UFO
"artwork" in the last decade or two.
(5) Scientific experimentation : There have been a few interesting hoaxes which (at least according to the hoaxers) were done primarily to test the
responses of witnesses and ufologists, i.e. they were conducting an experiment. The best known such experiment is the Cradle Hill hoax (referred to
in some of the post above as "the Warminster hoax", which is potentially confusing since there were several alleged hoaxes at the Warminster
"hotspot"). That one is discussed in quite a few articles online (particularly on the Magonia website, with D I Simpson writing at least two articles
giving the background to the hoax) and in about a dozen books that I've noted. Many of those that claim to be conducting an experiment, however, seem
to have had a big grin on their faces when talking about their hoax and done precious little to publish any results of their “experiments”.
(6) Money – Apart from advertisers paid to create viral videos and also professionals hoping to make money indirectly by getting work by showcasing
their talents, I don't think many UFO hoaxers expect to make much money directly from people viewing their hoaxes. Plain mischief is far more
common... However, at least some characters in the history of ufology seem to be have been prepared to lie in order to make money from their hoaxes.
Some Youtube channels are dominated by hoaxed UFO videos, generating a considerable number of views. At least one enterprising team of UFO hoaxers
offers services to people interested in their videos, e.g. offering to add a UFO to any footage you supply to them.