No, this video of American football star Tom Brady taking a perfect photo is not real

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Fans of awe have shared a video of Tom Brady, one of the most celebrated American football players in the world, perfectly throwing a football into a pitching machine time and time again. This video, which some media claimed to be real, was shot with special effects.

A video that has been widely circulated on social media shows famed quarterback Tom Brady — who has won the Superbowl multiple times, most recently in February 2021 when he played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — throwing a ball at a football pitching machine. Each of his three shots lands perfectly into the machine, which launches it back at him.

Only “haters will say this is fake,” claimed numerous accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram who shared the video while praising Brady’s talent.

Several media outlets, including Sports Illustrated and French media outlet RMC Sport, also shared the video, saying Brady “perfectly blends power and precision during training camp.” However, some doubts were raised about the accuracy of this video.

Brady himself posted the video to his social media accounts, along with the caption: “Training camp starts this week. I’m looking forward to having real receivers again…”, referring to the start of training for the upcoming American Football season.

Where does this video come from?

It only takes one click to check the authenticity of this video. In his post, Brady tagged the accounts of the people who shot the video, @ari_fararooy and @shadowlion.

However, these two accounts clearly explain in their own posts that the video uses visual effects (VFX) and computer-generated imagery (CGI). The video was created by Ari Fararooy, a video artist living in Los Angeles.

The mention of VFX and CGI in the video credits shows that this video was created with special effects. © Ari Fararooy/Instagram

Fararooy has made several videos in collaboration with Brady, using visual effects to create an infinite loop of the quarterback throwing a ball, or to make it look like he’s throwing a ball at himself.

Fararooy specializes in stop-motion animation, a technique in which a series of still photos are animated to make motionless objects appear in motion. Fararooy also makes videos using a technique called “mise en abyme,” where an image contains a smaller image of itself, a sequence that seems to repeat indefinitely. Fararooy made his name in March 2014 with a video inspired by his journey to Latin America, where he chases himself through several iconic landscapes.