Three students in 3D animation are sure to get a perfect grade after a video depicting an eagle snatching a toddler in a Montreal park went viral and generated discussions around the world.
Normand Archambault, Loïc Mireault and Félix Marquis-Poulin, students at Centre NAD, have come forward to claim responsibility for the overnight sensation.
The video “Golden Eagle Snatches Kid in Montreal” shows a large bird swooping down from the sky above Mont Royal Park and pick up a child with its talons. The bird travels several metres before dropping the toddler and flying away.
The camera then zooms in on the child, who is crying but seems to be uninjured.
The video garnered over five million views in one day.
Archambault said his team came up with the perfect equation to get people to talk about their work.
“We brainstormed some ideas of what is viral online,” said Archambault. “Everything that is animal related and baby related are super popular so we tried to bring both together and make something extraordinary that wouldn’t happen every day.”
The video took the students 400 hours to create.