UFO hoax video update: A recent unidentified flying object sighting in California stirred up the Internet, but it was fake. A video special effects expert admits the orb spotted over Santa Clarita last year was nothing more than computer-generated imagery or CGI. While it was a YouTube prank, the UFO video has gone viral.
The revelation that the footage -- thought to be real by many believers in strange sightings -- was simply a product of savvy computer trickery came days ago, according to ABC News.
In a Feb.10 report, information surfaced that Aristomenis Tsirbas, who worked on "Hellboy" and "Titanic," confessed to being the brains behind the UFO hoax video.
The footage posted on YouTube shows a driver motoring along a road when he sees something strange flying overhead.
After uttering the word, "whoa," the driver (unseen) exits the vehicle with camera in tow and makes a beeline behind the car to capture footage of a spaceship of sorts orbiting his vehicle.
Moments later, after flying over an open field, a large mother ship appears and intercepts the fast-moving craft. And as fast as it began, it was over; the darn thing vanished into thin air.
The 39-second UFO video, a hoax, according to Tsirbas, took him and his crew four months to produce. However, he says it goes to show you how anything nowadays can be made to look real on videos using CGI.
Watch: "UFO over Santa Clarita" and judge for yourself.