|Posted by George Clarke on October 31, 2010 at 8:02 PM|
My goodness, am I exhausted or what?!!
In just over a week, my new Youtube video 'Chaplins Time Traveler' has had over 4 million views (on Youtube alone) not counting other postings on hundreds of other sites and other peoples profiles - and under that very same video, over 40,000 comments which is just amazing! The latest internet sensation!! (Never thought I'd be saying that)
On top of that it has been covered and been the top story on over 1000 news sites and forums, covered world wide in the US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Europe and of course the UK and Ireland and many other places. Programmes the story and video (and that I have been interviewed on) include CBS News, Inside Edition, Fox News, KTLA (on location at Manns Chinese Theatre), CNN, CBC News in Canada, Connect with Mark Kelley, BBC News, Weekend Sunrise in Australia, MTV, London radio and many other news shows I havent caught up on...
Its caused global debates from students to scientists, thinkers young and old, conspiracy theorists to rational thinkers, and plenty of assholes who have nothing better to do with their time but insult other peoples thoughts and feelings who have been enlightened by such a mystery! Its had time travel experts and Hollywood stars explaining and twittering, audiences laughing courtesy of Jay Leno's parody, newspapers filling pages and office staff gossiping on lunch breaks and work time.
In the last week, I have recieved around 60,000 emails - mixing personal theories and requests with announcements from Youtube for every comment made. I have been trying hard to answer almost every email sent to me personally, which is a tricky thing to do, and am backlogged quite a bit, but I'm getting there...
So - aside from all the news and attention, I'll like to focus on the comments and theories being made about my video. I was hoping to get a new video up talking about it, but right now I'm really just too busy so I'll try and put down here as much of what I want to say as I possibly can. Please keep in mind, that when I first made the Chaplins Time Traveler video, I simply made my point - to me, my explanation of the 1928 footage was that of a time traveler on a mobile phone (or some form of communication device), followed simply by asking for your views on what you were seeing! With this, I will state that until the mystery of our suspect person is solved, there is no correct answer... Not mine, not yours, not the millions of other people that have answers around the world.
We just don't know.
This weekend, Irish production house RTE proposed a documentary on my find which will take me out to Hollywood to try and find more evidence in the Warner Bros vaults, as well as talking to those of you that have sent the best and most interesting theories on the footage. This will be taking place around Jan/Feb 2011, so watch this space for more news...
There is a number of categories of theories on our 1928 mystery being:
1 - The time traveler/Alien visitor...
2 - The hearing aid/Ear horn...
3 - Toothache/Ice pack...
4 - Fake footage...
5 - Government member with advanced technology...
1 - The Time Traveler/Alien Visitor
My original suggestion and claim caused a global debate in less than a week! Within days, googling 'Chaplins Time Traveler' brought up hundreds of links that carried the same title, showed my video, and soon, held a still shot of the suspect beings grip around that device. It was a brave claim to make many friends told me, but as an open minded person free to dream in the film world and create such events, I felt that it represented me best. Yes, I do agree that it sounds absurd to many and makes me seem like a complete nutter, but this very sane mind then asks 'why not?' Why must it always be the safe and simple answer to things?
I've always been a fan of many scientists theories on time travel, and would certainly love to experience such a thing, and in the past week have been flooded with emails from many people claiming that such a thing exsists! These are people that claim to be have been involved in secret Government testing from the 40's, 50's and 60's, experinced time travel and transportation, have had relatives or friends gone missing after their claims of jumping time, and scientists with such evidence to prove. Aside from that, I haven't spent so much time in bookstores reseaching the subject and gaining more knowledge along the way.
One of the questions most asked is that 'if this was a time traveler, why would they be using a device as big as this one (and in public never mind on film), surely they would have a smaller device such as an ear-piece or implant for communication to save attracting attention... - Well, again, I'm not the expert but my answer to that would be that even though I said 'a mobile phone' in my video, I meant a form of communication device in general. The size of 'her' device represents that of todays 'iphone' almost, but thats not to say they have come from this time period or even the next few years possibly. Many people think due to the bizarre shape of 'her' grip, that its a form of flip phone - with one photo of the shot ,colour inverted making blacks - white etc, showing the solid white (black) object in 'her' hand.
Focusing on the grip, it most definately is a strange one... Just notice the seperation in the fingers - a most uncomfortable hold with or without something in hand!
Possibly the most repeated comment is about the lack of cell towers... 'How thick am I to say its a cell phone when I obviously forgot to say how 'she' took a cell tower back with 'her' to 1928!?!? I mean really!! Because this didn't cross my mind at all people!!
In response to all those who think I may have missed that one my answer is simple... If this is a time traveler who transported back to 1928 with a cell phone/communication device, then wouldn't that person surely have the technology to use such a thing without the aid of a cell tower or todays needs?
And on top of that, I never did say 'she' was of this planet - lending to the theory that alien technology has always been seen as being far superior to our own!
So why use such a device in public - and in front of a film camera?? Well, to be perfectly honest, I don't think 'she' see's the camera (at least until 'she' has almost faded out on the crossfade). As a film maker, and from seeing other scenes in that 6 minute premeire film, the shot was set up to get a shot of the large zebra and window behind with the artwork of the films star and title (and the camera isn't as close as you think). The 2 beings that enter the shot (supposed man and woman) are just passers by or going to see the film. Now to add to that, a lot of speculation has fallen on the supposed 'man' who quickly walks ahead of our main suspect. His appearance and walk has sparked more thoughts on an alien pair of visitors trying to blend in. This, along with the weird or simply coincidental, syncronised walking pattern, shows that 'he' does not care to be with the phone user - confirmed a bit more with the fact that 'he' walks straight out of shot, but 'she' stops to go another way even though 'she' was walking the same straight line 'he' was prior to that.
That stop and turn motion is an action we all do when in deep conversation on our phones! Whilst talking, we can manage to cross roads without getting killed, avoid people, climb stairs and much more, without breaking out out coversation to think about it.
It may be that what we don't see as we lose 'her' during the crossfade, is her acknowledge-ment of the camera - giving 'her' reason to hide her device, but before that it is obvious that 'she' is quite happily talking away and smiling...
Many of the emails and comments I have received speculate on alien beings. The actions and appearance of the suspect being have grabbed the attention of thousands of people, with almost every person who has viewed the video agreeing that this is no woman! Among many of those open to the fact that we aren't the only beings in the universe, there has been quite a few psychic's and spiritualists sharing their thoughts and messages from beyond that this person in question really isn't from Earth. The term, trans-dimensional being is one of the most used forms of description, which adds a whole new twist to the story. These focus on the fact that the person looks so out of place with their sense of dress, which includes larger garments to conceal alien bodies and other advanced technologies, the low worn hat (complete with horns) and suspect black glasses to hide their alien eyes, gloves on the bizarrely large mis-shapen hand, the clumsy walk, and the simple fact that they have messed up using such a futuristic device during this time period - possibly communicating with other beings or a mothership of sorts!
It's definately food for thought...
2 - The Hearing Aid/Ear Horn
Definately the most commented rational explanation to this mystery - yet if taken as the answer, opens so many questions!
It has been educational to say the least learning of such devices advanced in technology that were available 100 years ago for the deaf. Many - if not most of - those that have been in touch have either claimed or asked if it could be a certain make of hearing aid that looks incredibly like a mobile phone...
These are pretty cool pieces of equipment, and the black one most certainly does look like the device in 'her' hand! Believe me, I am open to rational explanations, and this is as good as it gets... In fact, its interesting to see so many reports online saying that the mystery is 'solved' and claiming this! Well, lets be honest folks, whether you say yay or nay to this answer doesn't matter, because the bottom line is - there is NO proof and we will just never know! So how can they be claiming that its solved?
Well thats simple... it is of course much easier for many people in life to accept the simplist explanation. Who wants to think of something extraordinary or 'weird' that may get others thinking differently of them?!
The thing is, most people that have an answer or comment on the Youtube video are literally only glimpsing at the B&W footage, not listening to my explanation (I mean FFS, how many of the viewers think she is on a film set when I clearly say its a film premeire?!?!) and seeing the above picture of the device and simply agreeing with the crowd. But let me point out a few things out - again, not debunking this theory as such because again, we'll never know, but simply adding to this rational explanation...
What the most of the hearing aid crowd don't show is this picture of what the set-up of the above hearing aid looks like and involves. See below:
I mean really... what a set-up!! To be honest, and not just from my own opinion, but myself and many others just can't see any evidence of the above being carried by our suspect.
On top of that, the grip is all wrong - that enormous hand would surely be covering the area that any audio needs to go through for them to hear, and then that leaves the most obvious question... Why is she talking? And seemingly in deep conversation!
The second item is an ear horn brought forward by experts as read in the likes of Fox News etc, who say it is what is pictured below:
Hmmmm... Does our suspect being REALLY look like they are holding such a thick device?
I don't think so! And this is what the 'experts' are saying. I have to admit, even the general public managed to find a better one than this (as presented in the pictures above this one). And if it is this earhorn (lol) then I return to my other question... Why is she talking? And seemingly in deep conversation!
3 - Toothache and Ice-pack
Many of the comments sent to me say that our suspect being simply has toothache and is pressing an ice-pack on her cheek to soothe the pain... They shout at me for picking on a poor little old 'lady' in pain!!
Really? I mean, really?! Does this look like a (very happy) face of pain of a little old 'lady' who is chatting away to herself or device?
Let me also mention that those unusally stuck out high cheekbones add to the fact that 'she' is quite happy, as she talks away...
I really don't buy the toothache theory.
*Focusing on this photo though, take a look at the freaky long middle finger... In the video, it slides left to right - something which is physically impossible to do as the knuckle only allows for it to go up and down!!
4 - Fake Footage
First of all, I'd like to start this one off by saying that I have not faked or doctored any of this 1928 footage at all. Many people think I created this 'hoax' in a bid to get some attention... Well, I can assure you that in the few years I have been making movies, I have played them all on the big screen here in NI, had them released in High Street stores across the UK and Ireland on DVD, won awards and legions of fans in the US, gained global media coverage with 2 - 3 page spreads and more, had acclaim from industry professionals as far as Hollywood and Hong Kong, and much more. I'm not looking for attention folks - I just so happened to find some amazing footage that has gained yours!
So - if faked - then that passes the buck to the 1928 cameraman and the guys at Warner Bros. who put the digitally remastered DVD collection together. Let me start in 1928...
When you watch the whole 6 minutes of this event on the DVD extra's, you will notice that the opening shot and closing shot is that of the crowds entering the theatre for the show. The camera is placed on a top floor, or on the roof, of a building opposite to capture the frenzy! Once the crowd starts to die down, the cameraman then returns to ground level to capture some other shots.
These shots are of the vendors and props used for the premiere - the large elephant that moves, the stuffed camel, and of course, the zebra..! Keep in mind, these would have been seen as such lavish props for an event like this in 1928, so it would be wise to capture them on film. Which brings me to another point...
Keep in mind, that events like these would have been filmed for historical use, Chaplins private use, and stuck in the vaults. I can almost guarantee they didn't plan it as a DVD extra back then!
So back to my point - the cameraman has positioned his camera on the large zebra and the artwork on the window behind:
As with the other fixed shots with the camel and elephant, late coming guests and general passers by stroll into shot - some fixated with the camera - some not. And it is here, at the zebra, we see the only 2 beings in the shot... The quick walking man in front, and our phone using suspect!
Now did this cameraman suddenly some up with something - a vision of the future perhaps - and get this passer by to pretend to be on a phone? Well, I highly doubt it! If he was wanting to put something eye catching and perhaps different into this short documentary, I am sure he would have thought harder. And lets also settle this discussion on many of the views that its an extra acting...
If you had watched the video I made carefully, you would know that this is a live event - not a film. So its not Chaplins crazy mind getting an actor to pretend to be on a mobile phone! It is a passer-by or a guest to the show. I've had my own big premieres here in Belfast, and trust me, there isn't a spare minute in the day for the man of the hour to go out and pull something like this off - even in a digital age, so imagine the work involved then!
So from the looks of thing, neither the man in front or the 'lady' seem to notice the camera on them - and if you look closely when the 'lady' stops to talk, she is actually looking off camera and not straight into it!
Moving onto the guys at Warner Bros. who digitally remastered the film, gathered the extras and prepared them for DVD release...
If anyone caught the parody of the footage on the Jay Leno show (as hilarious as it was) you would have noticed how easy it was to add extra people behind that zebra, dressed in an old fashion that 'seemed' to fit in. And if you had half a brain, you would also notice that it was faked/doctored/CG footage that didn't suit the original film. Now thats not saying the boys at Warner Bros. couldn't do better - in fact, I'm sure they could pull it off perfectly - but lets look at this logically... when the Charlie Chaplin films were being remastered for release, there would have been more than enough work to sort out for this project. Its very possible, but I highly doubt it, that the staff involved would take time out to shoot, edit and recreate a scene from 1928 in time for the DVD release. It just doesn't make sense!
5 - Government Members with Advanced Technology
This is possibly one of the most talked about theories. So much so in fact, I don't know where to start... I guess one of the most emailed names would be best - Nikola Tesla.
Originally from Serbia, then moving to the US, Tesla was a genius of inventions, with plans for wireless communication and free energy in the early 1900's. Obviously, with a power hungry and money driven government running the country, this would never do, so Nikola (quite alike Nokia) was brought down and his notes and inventions confiscated by the big bad boys. Talk of government agencies having advanced technology at least 50 years ahead of public use has been in circulation for many, many years, and many people come to the conclusion that it is creations of Tesla that they are using...
Aside from Tesla, more stories have been coming in from people asking not to publish their full story. People that were involved in, or have friends/family that were involved in secret government operations in the mid 1900's that dealt with time travel and transportation, as well as witnessing many new technical devices. Stories of personal trips of time travel, nazi soldiers in time machines, and alien beings that have made deals with government officials to stay on earth in exchange for advanced technology. The list goes on!
Some of the comments focus on the use of such advancements, with our suspect being as an undercover agent keeping an eye of Chaplin after his identification with the left, before he was forced out to live in Europe in the 1950's.
We'll just never know! The mystery of Chaplins Time Traveler will forver live on, unless I can crack this case during the propsed documentary in 2011 with RTE...
But until then, please remember;
'No answer is right - no answer is wrong!' George Clarke
'Imagination is more important than knowledge!' - Albert Einstein
Thank you to everyone who so far has been in touch with their idea's and observations, and even to those of you who think I'm a baldy retarded nutjob! A couple of things just hit me as I was writing this blog, which adds little bits of trivia to it all...
'The latest movie we made was about 2 aliens coming to earth. These aliens walked in a weird syncronised way, much like the 2 figures in the 1928 clip.'
'For my big film premiere in 2008 at Belfast's Odyssey Arena, I turned up to it in a classic Delorean car...'
Weird eh?! (Some more pictures below, and I'm loving the horns at the front of her hat)
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