Today I need to spend some extra time working on finalizing the entry on Chariots of the Gods that I’m writing for Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales: An Encyclopedia of American Folklore, so in lieu of a lengthy blog entry allow me to present the following trailer for a forthcoming documentary on the Vinland Map produced by David Bradbury called The Vinland Map: Hoaxes within Hoaxes. The documentary is set to be released on October 10, and Bradbury personally emailed me the YouTube link to make sure all of my readers saw it. I have to say that I have no idea what to make of it. The production values leave much to be desired, and the accompanying website is primitive to the point of uselessness.
If I follow correctly, Bradbury seems to think that the part of the map identified as Vinland was hoaxed from an early modern map’s depiction of Japan rather than a modern map of the Canadian coast, as many have long believed. But the presentation leaves a lot to be desired. Bradbury told me that the hour-long final product “will, inevitably, be slower-paced than the trailer, and it may even make sense.”
3/8/2015 03:20:03 am
OMG!!!! This is bazaar! The music is laughably bad, but that's nothing compared to the weird graphics.
3/8/2015 12:24:47 pm
I liked the music. Can't say the same for the video.
3/8/2015 04:09:25 pm
Yeah, I didn't mind the music. Without a good sound font, you can only do so much with MIDI.
3/8/2015 03:39:05 am
Instant Classic. Would watch again. 10/10
3/8/2015 04:06:38 am
I am with you EP, classic, almost touching on the Church of the Subgenious ARISE video. Scotty Roberts should learn from this, if you are going to do a bad video, make it interesting.
3/8/2015 10:07:48 am
Scotty would have found a way to include some sparkly Nazi symbols and a steamy makeout session of two anthropomorphized rabbits dressed like Indiana Jones :)
3/8/2015 03:13:58 pm
That would of made his video interesting at least.
3/8/2015 05:05:21 am
Fantastic. An 8-bit Viking Mockup Over Mu snippet.
3/8/2015 04:40:05 pm
Excuse me, Mockup on Mu
3/10/2015 02:30:06 am
Thanks for that- the link wa region-blocked but I found another. See my second response to Matt Mc below for my thoughts on the problem of being associated with this style, and the consequent need for caution in my final product.
3/8/2015 05:33:02 am
That was the most confusing thing I've seen in a long time. I got the impression that the point might be that the Vinland map being declared a forergy was a hoax while the Beineke knows it is real - maybe.
3/8/2015 06:27:21 am
3/8/2015 07:04:26 am
"the hour-long final product 'will, inevitably, be slower-paced than the trailer, and it may even make sense.'"
3/8/2015 07:09:09 am
Wouldn't October 9th instead of the 10th be more appropriate for the release? October 9th is Leif Leif Erikson day.
3/8/2015 10:38:17 am
3/8/2015 11:14:33 am
Btw, Jason, since I'm not on twitter let me thank you here for drawing our attention to Theresa Morris. Or should I say "Commander T. Morris"?
3/8/2015 11:21:23 am
You know it's bad when the first commenter is asking for a translation. :)
3/8/2015 03:18:11 pm
I like the response to the request for translation,
3/8/2015 04:05:44 pm
3/8/2015 05:23:12 pm
I liked it.
3/9/2015 03:06:50 am
Hi everybody. A quick word about my trailer (and the website). The problem with the Vinland Map story is that, as my documentary title suggests, it's not one hoax, but several, not all of them by the same person (not to mention all the bits which weren't hoaxes, but were wastes of time). For example, the Japan thing which Jason spotted is not actually directly connected with the Map's depiction of Vinland, but it is one of several tricks built into the Map.
3/9/2015 04:43:19 am
for what it is worth I was not joking in liking the video, it was just out there and wacky enough that I am interested in seeing more.
3/9/2015 07:18:58 am
I kept watching ARISE even though it frankly wasn't particularly interesting. In part because I kept marvelling at the amount of work that must have gone itno it - a lot more than one would expect from what it is!
3/9/2015 07:28:46 am
I can honestly say that I have never watched ARISE in one sitting, it is great in small five minute doses. I think was impressed me the most with the movie is it really is the the video equivalent of the Subgenius books.
3/9/2015 09:38:55 am
Cheers Matt. I'd say my actual influences were people like Monty Python, stop-motion specialists Smallfilms
3/9/2015 11:04:12 am
Wizard of Speed and Time is a fantastic film. When I was in school in LA I had the pleasure or meeting him and he is was a great to spend time with and hear his stories from his film or his work with Night Flight.
3/10/2015 02:25:57 am
Hmmmm. I've now sampled both "Arise" and "Wax", and I'd have to say they have both given me some good ideas on what not to do! My problem is that I'm telling a story which seems far-fetched, but is in reality the most probable explanation of the available evidence (including the damning discoveries by John Paul Floyd, which made me completely revise my original theory on the motivation for the forgery:
3/9/2015 07:16:57 am
For what it's worth, I think that the final product is going to be either really awesome or really terrible.
3/9/2015 11:50:40 am
Well, I watched again, pausing at certain places, and it was more enjoyable this time.
3/9/2015 03:45:50 am
I like it too, except my pc keeps playing it in fast motion -- must be that browser update, -- and now I need chamomile tea. I hope it will show videos of real bookworms feasting, not reenactments.
3/9/2015 09:29:29 am
The fast motion may be a result of failure to convert from UK to US frames-per-second. I'll work on the real bookworms, but they're a lot less common up here in the North than down in Spain or Italy where the Vinland Map was probably created.
3/9/2015 07:10:06 am
But I really don't see Japan in there, except for the vague banana shape when squinting.
3/9/2015 07:21:19 am
All the best things in the world are vaguely banana-shaped. (You know... Japan... Bananas...)
3/9/2015 09:50:18 am
In the original 1965 official book, R.A. Skelton of the British Museum suspected that he saw Japan right where you'd expect; the three big islands in the top-right section of the Map:
3/10/2015 05:23:50 am
Now you have me conspiratorially energized.
3/10/2015 07:14:20 am
You're thinking pretty much exactly the way the forger wanted you to think! Psychologically, it's a truly awesomely great fake.
3/10/2015 07:41:43 am
If a forgery, these three easternmost islands could be South America, North America and Sredinnyy/Alaska.
3/10/2015 10:31:00 am
Interesting subject, but video i not too good...Could profit from more economy: better selection of information, slower, as with the music it makes all rather chaotic and choppy impression. Too much crammed in short time.But those are ills of many documentaries now, too baroque when less is often more.Some subjects are exciting anyway, no need to add too much "adornments" to try to make it even more exciting by over-using certain effects..
3/10/2015 10:48:18 am
3/14/2015 02:39:45 am
Don't be fooled by the home-made look of the video. David Bradbury has a very keen mind and knows the ins and outs of the Vinland Map controversy like few others. He is also very generous in his references to my own recent discoveries. I've deliberately been trying to keep my distance from those on both sides of the controversy until I get my own book finalised (I had no idea it would take so long... it's been like wading through treacle). Once the wretched thing is done you'll be getting a signed copy, David!
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