One of the benefits of being a D-list blogger is that I dont get PZ-esque traffic. This means that every once in a while, I can click on my SiteMeter and catch some fun hits-- someone at the NIH, someone living in Figi, its entertaining :P
Its been really fun this past month or so to see all the site hits from Premise Media (LOL! LOSERS!). They started about a month ago, after I posted the 'Inner Life'-Dembski time line. From someone in Vancouver. I happened to be chatting with Peter Irons at the time, and I was like 'Which one of those pieces of shit lives in Vancouver?'
Peter mentioned a name or two, including a computer animator, Mike Edmondson. "Computer animator!" we exclaimed, "Wonder if he is our 'man'?" So Peter dropped Mr. Edmondson a note:
...Mr. Edmondson promptly replied:
2. As part of this employment, you produced, through digital technology in your studio, a segment of the "Expelled" film, purporting to show the operations of cellular mechanisms, particularly the "walking" models of kinesic activities.
3. I have been advised by several specialists in cellular biology that the segment you created copied, virtually without any changes, significant portions of a video entitled "The Inner Life of the Cell," produced by the XVIVO company in Connecticut, under contract to Harvard University.
I did not create or have anything to do with the animation in question.So the guy ('the dude', if you will) who is listed at the computer animator for EXPELLED did not make the Frankenstein 'Inner Life'. Well, okay, there is lots of computer stuff to do-- graphics and such, so I believe(d) Edmondson.
Dude appears to be a genuine computer animator, so I believe him. Copy someone elses shit, and you will never work again, plus I assume there is something about honor in art and being original.Nows where things get weird. One month ago when I looked at Edmondsons 'LinkedIn' business site it said:
... employment since August 2007 as "Digital Artist/Animator at Premise Media creating animations for the film Expelled and a five minute animated propositional piece.Here it is now.
One month ago, Edmondsons photo and biography were on the Premise Media web page. Now, this is all the evidence I can find he is (was?) associated with them:
How very, very odd.
I can think of two reasons for Mr. Edmondsons disappearance.
Scenario #1-- Edmondson had nothing to do with EXPELLEDs plagiarism. He did not know the animation in the film was stolen. When he found out from Peter, he found my blog, and emailed Premise-TARDS for an explanation. When the theft was confirmed, Edmondson declared he wanted nothing to do with EXPELLED-- take his name off everything. If there is a stolen computer animation in EXPELLED, and he is listed as the EXPELLED computer animator, he will never work again. Edmondson is an honest guy trying to run his own business and did the right thing.
Scenario #2-- Edmondson is 'the dude.' Premise media, in their frenzy to wipe hard drives and shred notes, is expunging the history of Edmondson from Premise.
If its the former, I urge Mr. Edmondson to contact me or Peter. We can help you.
If its the latter? *flips off Edmondson*
EDITED 6:15 pm-- Edmontons name was removed from Premise/EXPELLED at his request.
EDITED 4-13-08-- Edmondson is a cool dude-- His videos online are friggen hysterical. How he got tangled up with EXPELLites we may never know, but lay off ol dude :)