Eagle snatching child video a clever fake
Some reassuring news if you saw that YouTube video of a child being snatched up by an eagle in a park.
It's a fake.
It was the creation of a group of 3D animation students at Centre NAD, a design school in Montreal.
And it was done as a class project.
"The goal of the project was to make a hoax that people would believe," said Normand Archambault, one of four students involved in the project. "And it was also a project where we had to integrate a 3D element in real footage."
Archambault, along with Loïc Mireault, Antoine Seigle and Félix Marquis-Poulin, are all students in the production simulation workshop class of the bachelors' degree in 3D Animation and Digital Design at NAD.
Archambault adds the finished product was to be uploaded on YouTube, and that they would have received a perfect mark for their class project if they received more than 100 000 YouTube hits.
As of 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, it has received more than 5 000 000 hits, less than 24 hours after it was first posted.
It's not the first time a hoax from this class has generated this kind of interest. Last year, a video of a penguin having escaped the Montreal Biodome got some attention.