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Another Strike Against AA 'Film'

From: Philip Mantle <philip.nul>
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2007 15:46:27 +0200 (CEST)
Archived: Tue, 23 Oct 2007 22:28:46 -0400
Subject: Another Strike Against AA 'Film'



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

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 video.

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!

UFO Data Magazine,
PO Box 280,
LS26 1AN
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 113 2865566

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