The above photo took me about 15 minutes to make in 3D Paint. It was done to look intentionally fake and should not be mistaken for the real thing- ever. But I wanted to get the ball rolling. If I really put some time and effort into it, could I have created something that looked like a real UFO? Yeah. Shockingly, It’s not as hard to do as one might imagine.
I will say those of us who have been following the UFO (Unidentified Flying Object) or UAP (Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon) field for enough years are able to spot a fake, even if it’s not real. There are plenty of them out there. Many use 3D CGI effects and rendering to look ultra realistic. If someone wanted to, they could even put the photo or video against an night backdrop to make it even harder to distinguish. Now, there are plenty of Hollywood professional and amateur photo analysts who can still pick out a fake.
Many may be asking, “But Jeff, why would I fake a UFO picture?” There are a few main reasons for doing this. Let’s outline some below:
Some folks do it for the attention. “Hokey Smokes! I’m on the Nightly News!”
Some do it to make the legitimate UFOlogists look stupid, “Ha ha… You guys are all suckers! UFOs aren’t real.”
Others still do it, crazy though it might sound, to further increase the believability in the phenomenon. It’s kind of the boy who cried wolf in the hopes a real wolf, coyote or fox would show up.
Still others might do it to intentionally fuel the debunkers. This is similar to the ones who want to make Ufologists look stupid, only they’re working for someone who has an agenda- government or corporate.
It might be done to take attention away from a legitimate phenomenon. I work for Corporation X. We’re testing a brand new experimental high-speed drone. I want everyone looking in the sky over a particular region. I leak fake photos to the local and possibly even the Associated Press to get everyone to go look at the skies over Phoenix, AZ while we fly the real drone over Grumm Lake, NV. Now even the skeptics are scratching their heads as to which ones are real.
To royally mess with the UFO/UAP community on social media. This is sort of a new one, but sadly, I’ve been seeing it more all the time. It gets all of the “Crankypants Twitfologists” as George Knapp famously called them, freaking out on #UFOTwitter over said photos, fake or real, for days on end. We keep hearing, “There’s big news coming!” in Ufology, and then… yeah. Sometimes disappointment. Then we all groan and go back to waiting in vain for the ETs to land on the White House Lawn.
Conversely, some might do it to try to increase their credibility within the exact same crowd on #UFOTwitter. I know of a few individuals who have been known to do this. >cringe!< Then we urge everyone to use their discernment. Tis sad, but it happens.
There are a lot of other, (some legitimately kooky,) reasons for faking a UFO sighting, but I covered most of them. “But what if I just wanted an A+ in my special effects class?” Well, great. I hope that works for ya.
In Part 2, we’re going to discuss the word, “Unidentified,” and what it means to this discussion because it’s super important. Too often we hear UFO or UAP and some of us automatically jump to, “It must be ‘them aliens!'” When that is actually the furthest thing from the truth.