2016 International UFO Congress Lecture
Lecture: Light Years To Earth
Marc Dantonio and Douglas Trumbull provide an overview of the latest Exoplanet finds as motivation and reason why we should be looking for signs at home (Earth) of another civilization using advanced propulsion to visit us. Such signs we call the skidmarks of an advanced race.
Marc and Douglas also provide an overview of their system called UFOTOG II which will remotely scan the skies using a variety of instruments, looking for these skidmarks which are actually the indirect physical and instrumental evidence we can detect of an advanced race using advanced propulsion in our universe.
Bio: Douglas Trumbull is an American film director, special effects supervisor, and inventor. He contributed to, or was responsible for, the special photographic effects of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Blade Runner, The Andromeda Strain (original) and The Tree of Life, and directed the movies Silent Running and Brainstorm.
Douglas is also fascinated with the topic of UFOs. He has labeled his UFO hunting efforts the UFOTOG project (a meshing of the words UFO and photography). UFOTOG includes a Hummer decked out with photographic equipment and a short film about a man searching for UFOs. He has also partnered with MUFON’s Chief Photo and Video Analyst Marc Dantonio to research and develop a self-contained modular device that can scan the skies for unidentified objects and capture scientific data using a variety of instruments.
Bio: Marc Dantonio has a degree in Astronomy and is the Mutual UFO Network’s (MUFON) Chief Photo/Video Analyst. He is CEO of FX Models, a model making and special effects company specializing in digital/physical models, and organic special effects in the film industry. He has done extensive work in the Film and Television Arena appearing regularly on a number of networks. His efforts creating UFOTOG 2, a remote ufo detection system with Douglas Trumbull promises to bring ufology into the 21st Century.
Marc has appeared on a number of networks including programs on CNN, Discovery, SciFy, History, National Geographic, and Science channels, performing on-camera work in his role as a UFO investigator, scientific principle presenter, and photo/video analyst. In addition to such roles he has also created special effects props for use in some of these same productions, created computer generated sequences, and set up and directed visual effects shots. Recently Marc continued his work after seasons 1 and 2 on NASA’s Unexplained Files seen on Discovery Channel with season 3, creating science demos and discussion on the scientific search for Life in the Universe. Prior to that he did Season 1 of a new flagship series called “What In The World” seeking answers to perplexing Earth mysteries. Currently Marc and FX Models have teamed up with Academy Award winning producer and director Douglas Trumbull to create major science fiction films and television series’ that explore human kind’s place in the Universe.
Marc’s degree is in Astronomy, and he has spent decades capturing hundreds of thousands of images of many kinds of sky phenomena using a diverse range of photographic gear ranging from small cameras and backyard telescopes to large multi-million dollar professional telescopes in large research observatories. Once Computer Generated Imagery programs and image analysis programs became more readily available he began to work with such software to create his own imagery and to augment and analyze existing imagery. His unique blend of stage performance experience, Astronomical, UFO, and Computer Generated Model Making backgrounds come together in his photo analysis work, where he has been utilizing advanced software toolsets for many years to coax data out of imagery. When he isn’t creating Digital or Physical Models for clients or productions, he can usually be found utilizing observatories worldwide to obtain nightly photographic and spectral data for analysis from remote mountaintop telescopes.