TV documentary mistakenly uses footage from ArmA II game

The task of editing a TV documentary about the alleged connection between the IRA and ousted Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi has caused a rather big scandal in the UK. Gamasutra reports that the ITV TV network in that country ran the documentary feature, Exposure - Gaddafi and the IRA, on Monday. At one point the documentary showed footage of a helicopter being shot down. The footage included the label "IRA Clip 1988" which would seem to suggest this was supposed to be some kind of found live action footage filmed during that time period

In fact, the footage was made by a gamer using Bohemia Interactive's military shooter ArmA II, which was released for the PC in 2009. You can see the original game footage in the video below. Bohemia Interactive's CEO Marek Spanel said that the company was not made aware of the footage from the game being placed into the documentary, saying, " ... we are very surprised to see in-game footage referred to in the documentary as real IRA film from 1988." He added, "We have no idea how this footage made it to the documentary. Our games are very open and allows users to freely do a lot of things, I see this is somehow a bizarre use of creative freedom."

ITV has since admitted, in an Associated Press article via the ABC News web site, that the footage in question was not in fact a real movie from 1988, saying, "This was an unfortunate case of human error for which we apologize." It also claimed that it did in fact have footage from a real helicopter attack by the IRA in 1988 but so far that video has yet to be shown. Meanwhile, Bohemia Interactive is currently working on ArmA III which it says will be released in 2012.

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Well, the CoD AC-130 mission is as realistic as it gets - if you look at the comments on YouTube 2/3 of the folk think that it's the real deal...

Why even make this ? The USA helped the IRA, the NI police helped the UVF and a lot of them were also part of the organisation.

No one has the balls to point the finger at both sides.

littleneutrino said,
And someone looked at that and thought it was real footage?

Exactly.

Although with recent advances in game tech we might see examples that are actually convincing if heavy post-processing is applied.

littleneutrino said,
And someone looked at that and thought it was real footage?

I don't know. I see trucks full of jaggies everywhere I go...maybe this doco team does too?

littleneutrino said,
And someone looked at that and thought it was real footage?

Not hard to believe if they thought it was filmed with a camcorder from the late 80s. The picture quality (especially if it had been converted to a highly compressed MPEG or other format since it was filmed) probably wouldn't be any better than that.

littleneutrino said,
And someone looked at that and thought it was real footage?
Not hard to believe if they thought it was filmed with a camcorder from the late 80s. The picture quality (especially if it had been converted to a highly compressed MPEG or other format since it was filmed) probably wouldn't be any better than that.

Haha yeah I heard about this nd hoping Neowin got the news too haha. I havnt seen the documentary footage yet though I've only seen the video above. It was said by ITV that the footage was put in by mistake. But obviously someone didnt proof view the documentary.