Tech Flying Man Video is a fake

Published on March 21st, 2012 | by James Johnson


CGI Experts: Flying Man Is A Hoax

Flying Man Video is a fake

CGI experts are crying foul over a recent YouTube video which showcased a winged man taking flight, even only if for a few seconds.

It turns out the team at George Lucas’  Industrial Light and Magic took at look at the video and quickly realized that it was awfully grainy and way to steady for a head camera. After some extensive filtering they found tell-tale proof of the gimmick.

First in the video a black spot appears on one wing right after takeoff and the camera conveniently pans away.

As a technical director for ILM tells Gizmodo :

“The wing is CG. You can tell because the model they used didn’t have perfect textures.”

They go on to add:

“It’s a pretty good fake, but it’s absolutely a fake.”

If that wasn’t enough proof they also noticed a man casting a computer-generated shadow on the wing.

Another CGI company also noticed the computer-generate shadow that occurs when watching the video.

Here’s the CGI-Created spectacle:

Are you impressed with the CGI work the creators of this video managed to pull off without full studio backing?



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James is a new media professional with more than half a decade worth of experience in the online writing space. He currently serves as the Associate Editor of and the Editor-in-Chief of He also serves as a resident writer for Splash Press Media. In his spare time James consults businesses regarding SEO and Content Development.

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