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Re: Santilli Knew 'Tent Footage' Was a Fraud?

From: Roger Evans <moviestuff@cyberjunkie.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 1999 12:09:27 +0000
Fwd Date: Mon, 25 Jan 1999 10:10:09 -0500
Subject: Re: Santilli Knew 'Tent Footage' Was a Fraud?

>From: Steven W. Kaeser <steve@konsulting.com>
>Date: Sun, 24 Jan 1999 07:25:51 -0500
>Fwd Date: Sun, 24 Jan 1999 09:39:42 -0500
>Subject: Re: Santilli Knew 'Tent Footage' Was a Fraud?

>>Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 22:33:41 -0600 (CST)
>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>>From: Dennis Stacy<dstacy@texas.net>
>>Subject: Re: Santilli Knew 'Tent Footage' Was a Fraud?

Previously, Dennis had asked:

>>Wasn't the film already processed, ie, developed, when Santilli
>>acquired it? Has it ever been claimed that Santilli received
>>unprocessed/undeveloped film?

Steven replied:

>Santilli indicated that the "cameraman" had to process a number
>of reels of film that required special processing, which I
>assume means a varying degree of 'push' processing for those
>rolls that needed it.  These rolls he allegedly had to be
>processed by hand, which is why they were still in his
>possession and not sent to Washington with the rest.

>I believe that Santilli also said the "film" was very fragile
>and had to be transfered to video a frame at a time, which may
>be the "processing" that he has referred to in some statements.

Hi Dennis and Steven,

Santilli, like many people, probably believes that film is still
transfered to video using a telecine projector. Such projectors
used a 5 bladed shutter and synchronous motor to translate the
nominal 24 fps film to 30 fps video. And, like most projectors,
fragile film would have trouble going through them.

Hence, Santilli's claim about having to "transfer one frame at a
time" to avoid film damage.

Santilli should have done more homework before fabricating his

Telecines haven't been used for more than 15 years or so. Modern
transfers are achieved using a "flying spot scanner" such as the
Rank Cintel or the Phillips transfer device. Such a device uses
an electron beam to scan the film in REAL TIME as it zips
through to video. In addition, the device uses no sprockets so
it is VERY gentle on fragile film stocks. It can even transfer
films with missing sprocket holes without missing a beat or
creating a jump in the image.

In fact, the advent of the Rank was a boone to film archivists
everywhere since it was capable of handling old nitrate film neg
from the 20's and 30's; VERY fragile stuff (and flammable!).
Devices like the Rank are now used in all transfer houses and
would have no problem handling the much tougher B&W reversal
that the AA footage was supposedly shot on, even from 1947.

If Santilli maintains that the film had to be transferred one
frame at a time, he's flat out lying. There would never be a
reason to, although it makes a good story for the public to hear
regarding his efforts.

In regard to the terms "processing" and "development", please
note the following post from Mr. Easton:

>The seller of the film apparently went on to offer Santilli 15
>cans of undeveloped film, filmed by him while in the military,
>of the Roswell crash scene from the ground and air, and of the
>alien autopsies.


>At the end of 1995, Ray explained, "I mentioned this to a
>researcher in the early days, before we had completed the
>processing of the reels. It was a mistake on my part. I repeated
>what the cameraman had told me and expected no problem with the
>development of the film. Unfortunately the film on this reel was
>too badly damaged to retrieve an image".

If this info is correct, here we see that Santilli dealt with 15
cans of undeveloped film. In addition, Santilli uses the terms
"processing of the reels" and "development of the film" within
the same context.

I don't think for a minute he was talking about "transfer" to


Roger Evans

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