Today, I confirmed with Ace Baker via e-mail that his offer still stands:
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
$100,000 Amateur Video Challenge
Did you or someone you know shoot amateur video of an airplane crash on 9/11? If so, it could net you a hundred grand.
As readers of my work already know, I don’t believe any airplanes crashed anywhere on 9/11. All of the airplane crash videos are video composites, says me. Prove me wrong, and make a quick $100,000 U.S.
The problem is none of the 9/11 airplane videos are available in their original quality. I highly suspect that this is due to the fact that reducing quality on a composite image is the best way to hide the messy fingerprints of the compositing process.
To sort it out, I offer this next in what has become a series of $100,000 challenges. To meet the challenge:
- The video must show “UA175” hitting the south tower.
- You must allow me to inspect the original tape on which the event was recorded. It must be originally recorded video on “mini DV”, or other DV format.
- The airplane video must match in quality the other videos present on the tape. Any attempt to copy onto the DV tape video that has been further compressed, or reduced in dimensions, or subjected to any unnecessary quality loss is grounds for disqualification.
- You must allow me to create a high-quality, uncompressed digitization of the video, directly from the original tape.
- You will grant to me a non-exclusive license to publish the footage.
Jennifer Spell? Evan Fairbanks? Luc Courchesne? Michael Hezarkhani? Any takers?
I warrant that I have a line of credit in excess of $100,000.
Applicants may contact me via the email link, ace baker [email@example.com].