UFO Over Santa Clarita VFX Breakdown


A behind-the-scenes look at the viral video "UFO Over Santa Clarita". While most assumed that the UFO's must CGI while everything else was live action footage, in reality everything is computer generated.

The sky is a digital matte painting wrapped on a semi-sphere. The car, its driver, the bushes, and even the flock of birds are all animated CG models. The sun is a hand tracked digital flare with associated lens aberrations and smudges. Everything is fake.

The hoax video was directed by Aristomenis (Meni) Tsirbas of MeniThings Productions in partnership with the Gnomon School of Visual Effects. While Meni was responsible for direction, animation and lighting, a crew of talented Gnomon School students were assigned concept design, modeling and texturing for this all-CGI photoreal VFX experiment.

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