UFO Data Magazine Press release - 24/10/2007
by MercuryRapids on Wed Oct 24, 2007 1:57 pm
UFO DATA MAGAZINE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday 24th, October, 2007
In 1995, London businessmen, Ray Santilli and Gary Shoefield unleashed a phenomenon on the world. The Alien Autopsy film created a storm of controversy and split the UFO community right down the middle. Was it real footage or was it just an elaborate hoax?
Ten years later, Santilli and Shoefield would admit that the film was a fabrication, although according to them, it was based upon genuine footage that they had obtained from an elderly, American military cameraman. Unfortunately, that film from 1947 had degraded to such an extent when they brought it back to England that it was unusable.
A recent movie, produced by Warner Bros and Qwerty Films was made with the full cooperation of Santilli and Shoefield, was subsequently released. Alien Autopsy told their story, albeit in a comedic format, with popular British duo, Ant & Dec in the starring roles, and depicted the huge amounts of money they made from the autopsy
On Sunday, 21st October 2007, a new player entered the game.
Filmmaker and magician, Spyros Melaris, appeared in public for the first time at the hugely-successful Roswell 60 conference in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, in the north of England. The conference, hosted by renowned Alien Autopsy researcher, Philip Mantle, was the largest UFO event in the UK for years and was organised by UFO Data Magazine. Melaris' surprise appearance reconfirmed the controversy and stirred more debate into the Alien Autopsy fiasco.
Melaris claimed that it was he who created the autopsy films not Santilli and Shoefield. They merely commissioned him to create the greatest hoax of the 1990s. Bound by a confidentiality agreement, Melaris was unable to speak of his involvement, but the release of the Ant & Dec movie negated that contract due to the fact that Santilli and Shoefield had finally admitted that the film which was released to the public was a fake and by so doing, placed that fact firmly in the public domain.
There was no original footage. There was no Roswell cameraman. There was no alien on a mortician's slab.
Melaris wanted to pull off an illusion that would fool the world on an unprecedented scale. The plan was to release the footage, with the alien created by master sculptor, John Humphries. It was agreed that Santilli and Shoefield would not make any representation as to what the film was about, and broadcasters should make their own conclusions. After a few weeks or when Santilli had a sufficient monetary return, Melaris would be allowed to come clean and reveal to the world that it was just an illusion. Melaris would take a bow and then explain in detail how the effect was achieved.
Santilli did not allow that to happen, leaning hard on the confidentiality agreement signed by Melaris and his team.
Instead of the agreed 33% of all revenues which Santilli made, all that Melaris received were expenses to cover the costs of producing the autopsy footage and wages for his crew.
With legal action against Santilli and formal notice being served to stop Santilli further representing his copyright Melaris is soon to release a book and DVD about the affair, Melaris wants the world to know the true story of the Alien Autopsy film.
UFO Data Magazine will continue to follow this astonishing, breaking story and report any developments in the pages of the UK's only full-size, glossy UFO publication.
One thing is for certain, after more than a decade, the Alien Autopsy controversy is far from over!
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