I have received the following letter. The names have been changed, but "John Smith" and "Joe Bloggs" are good friends of mine and well-known UFO/conspiracy/paranormal researchers.
My name is Kevin, and I'm a documentary researcher from
Surrey. I was given your email address by John Smith.
My team and I are currently working on a project about UFOlogy. We're
particularly interested in what it means to "believe" and have faith,
while operating in a rational scientific field. Attached to the project we have
John Smith and Joe Bloggs, who have been incredibly helpful during the
researching phase. We feel like we have a handle on our angle and subtext now,
and that's thanks to them.
We are currently looking for events such as meet ups, research expeditions and sky-watches to attend at the end of August. I'd love to hear about anything you could think of that could be an interesting event to use to tell the story of modern UFOlogy. We're also looking out for people who have had eyewitness accounts of what they believe to be alien encounters. If you or anyone you know has had one of these, we would love to come and have a chat with them about that.
All the best,
Thanks for getting in touch. I'll be glad to help in any way I can with your project, providing that your intention is to portray the subject of UFOlogy respectfully, rationally and seriously. Forgive my reticence, but the way the media has covered this matter in the past has fallen far short in that regard, to put it mildly. There are some good events coming up in late August, in particular the Roaming Skies conference which John helps organize. I expect he's already told you about that. I'll find a few more for you.
This was the encouraging bit; Kevin wrote back. Few TV or film producers ever return correspondence once they realize that you're not satisfied with merely being an ingredient in the broth; you want to see the recipe book too.
Super, thanks for getting back to us. That is exactly what we are planning on doing, which is why John and Joe are happy working with us. You're all scientists and our intention is to use that misconception of your field as our niche on the subject.
The Roaming Skies conference sounds incredible and it coincides with our shooting week perfectly. I hadn't asked him so you've really helped us out here.
Thank you so much for getting back to us!
I'm inclined to believe him when he says he is planning on portraying the UFO subject respectfully. I'm happy to give him a chance. I know I have a rule never to work with the mainstream media; and indeed, if he had been connected in any way shape or form with the BBC or Channel 4 etc, I'd have binned his letter immediately. However not everybody in the media is like that and there are some growing platforms and outlets that are, in my view, not controlled. Vice is a good example and I was pleasantly surprised with how good their documentary on targeted individuals was, see: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/vice-documentary-on-targeted-individuals.html. Maybe it's the 2016 effect still hanging on. It's worth entering into discussion with these people. Be cautious, but positive. I'll let you know what "Kevin" says next.
See here for more information: http://hpanwo-tv.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/offer-from-channel-4_6.html.http://hpanwo-tv.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/confessions-of-alien-abductee-aftermath.html.