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Eagle Picks Up Baby: Brilliant Fake

A group of animation students from Montreal totally punk'd the Internet.

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Here's the animation students' school press release:


19 DECEMBER 2012

POSTED BY Chantal (3D Studies, Communication)

The “Golden Eagle Snatches Kid” video, uploaded to YouTube on the evening of December 18, was made by Normand Archambault, Loïc Mireault and Félix Marquis-Poulin, students at Centre NAD, in the production simulation workshop class of the Bachelors degree in 3D Animation and Digital Design.

The video shows a royal eagle snatching a young kid while he plays under the watch of his dad. The eagle then drops the kid a few feet away. Both the eagle and the kid were created in 3D animation and integrated in to the film afterwards.

The video has already received more than 1,200,000 views on YouTube and has been mentioned by dozens of media in Canada and abroad.

The production simulation workshop class, offered in fifth semester, aims to produce creative projects according to industry production and quality standards while developing team work skills. Hoaxes produced in this class have already garnered attention, amongst others a video of a penguin having escaped the Montreal Biodôme.

About Centre NAD’s 3D animation and digital design bachelor degree

Created in the Fall of 2010 in association with UQAC, Centre NAD’s 3D animation and digital design bachelor degree is primarily aimed at students finishing their CEGEP or university studies in the field of visual arts and at people who hold relevant experience in visual arts. It is a solid professional training program that allows students to master the theoretical and practical bases of 3D creation in today’s world. During their training, students must choose one of two concentrations: visual effects for cinema and television or video games. The three-year program (90 credits) thus aims to answer the industry’s needs. More and more, it requires qualified manpower at the cutting edge of technology and creative innovation with both technical and artistic skills.

People interested in obtaining more information or wishing to attend a visit of Centre NAD can visit

About Centre NAD

Centre NAD opened its doors in Montreal in 1992 and quickly became one of Canada’s major new media training centres. From the very start, it offered innovative and comprehensive training programs, beginning with 3D animation, and adding Canada’s first game design program to its roster in 1997. Over the years, Centre NAD has trained more than 1,500 CGI professionals who currently work for renowned companies in the film and television, post-production and video games industries all over the world. Centre NAD also offers extensive consultation, R&D and training services to industry partners in Canada and the world over. For more information, go to