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Patterson-Gimlin Film (1967)

Bigfoot (original title)
A short film of what appears to be the first captured footage of Bigfoot.
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A short film of what appears to be the first captured footage of Bigfoot.

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Shot with a 16mm Cine Kodak K100 with a mobilgrip handle. 952 frames of bigfoot were shot, amounting to approximately 39.7 seconds (at 24 frames per second). It was strongly rumored that special makeup effects wizard John Chambers created a suit that was used in this film, as part of an elaborate hoax. Both the filmmakers and Chambers himself have denied this accusation. See more »

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I believe it's real
4 August 2005 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

You know what this film is, you've seen it on The Discovery Channel or a Sci-Fi Channel documentary. It's the one with a Bigfoot walking into the woods while constantly looking back at the man with the camera. Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin, the men behind this little miracle, were out in the wild forests of Northern California looking to capture the mythical creature on film. By sheer luck they did.

While coming upon Bluff Creek, both horses they were riding on were startled by a dark figure in the distance. Patterson immediately got out the camera and captured 952 precious frames of the figure which turned out to be Bigfoot. Apparently it was cleaning food on the rocks of the creek before being scared back into seclusion.

Skeptics love being skeptics. One can watch this film with an already non-believing eye and see only what they wish to be proved a hoax. But this film has never been proved to be a hoax. Or real for that matter.

Patterson was not a rich man. And therefor the possibility that he had this suit made seems a bit far-fetched. Plus the creature was well over six and a half feet tall. And it's arms were longer than a human which is pretty hard to fake in a suit. Plus there was muscle texture, breasts (it was female) and a possible hernia on the thigh. To have all of these on a suit that no one has been able to prove is a fake back in 1967 made by a guy with little to no money doesn't seem likely. And if it was a fake then where is the suit? It would be worth a pretty penny today.

But you also have to consider Patterson's luck. I mean he did set out to capture Bigfoot on film and through a one in a billion chance actually did. Well, most people venturing out into the woods to find Bigfoot are going to bring a camera right? It would always be a one in a billion chance of coming across one. Not just sheer coincidence that a camera and bigfoot come together. They are both there for that purpose.

Patterson also had many scientists and film technicians analyse the footage. Which would be pretty brave for a man who has simply played a prank on everyone. Sadly, Patterson died in 1972 and since then Bob Gimlin has only suggested once, in a roundabout way, that the only way it would be a fake is if Patterson staged it all without his knowledge. But considering the points above, I think it is for real.

Personally, if there are Bigfeet, Sasquatches, Skunk-Apes out there I don't want any REAL conclusive evidence of them as it would be another thing that Mankind destroys.

May Bigfoot live forever in uncertainty.


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