Two days ago I did a fairly long shoot for the History Channel, including a few episodes of Ancient Aliens and another program as well. This is something I’ve done many times, so I always know what to expect. It was a long shoot — I was on camera for about three and a half hours with no break and we ended an hour late. However, we got everything done that we set out to do so that was good. Tracey was there and although we were asked not to photograph anything “behind the scenes,” she did take a picture of me:
The lighting is a bit strange there but I can tell you the camera people there really know how to create perfect lighting for their shoot.
Anyway, my main object in discussing this here is to talk about how the companies that shoot these UFO videos for History Channel and elsewhere always have limits as to what they are willing to discuss. Those limits are always political, and by this I do not mean political partisan matters. In other words, it’s not Democrat vs. Republican per se. But the limits regarding UFOs always pertain to the notion of coverup and conspiracy. I cannot tell you how many times over many years I have discussed this theme — basically having to shoehorn it in sometimes because their questions almost never provide an opening so it has to be forced whenever possible.
In this talk I discuss some of the particulars of what I was asked to discuss for one of the three episodes we shot for the other day. This is not to demean the people creating these tv shows. Overall they are great to work with and very interesting in their own right. But they are part of a corporate culture and that’s all there is to it.
It’s worth asking why it happens like this and how it happens. In other words, how does the media control system operate when you get down the the gritty level of actually shooting a video for a show like Ancient Aliens? Well, this is something I talk about here.
I hope you find this interesting.