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Ep 144: The Patterson-Gimlin Film Part 6: Conclusions with Bob Gimlin

Above image: An autographed photo of Bob Gimlin, from his 2019 Fresno, CA talk. Copyright Bob Gimlin ©2017

 
 

"Oh my God, they really do exist!”

– Bob Gimlin, the man who was with Roger Patterson when “Patty” the Sasquatch was filmed

 

Background:

Whether you believe in Bigfoot or not, the story of the Patterson-Gimlin film remains a superb example of the scientific investigation of an anomalous event that falls within the realm of the paranormal. Other documentation of things like UFOs, ghosts, and other cryptids have come under close examination throughout the years, but little has been of such relative quality and few examples if any have been able to provide such relatable data to examine. This relatability is due to the corporeality of the subject in the film. Whether an unknown primate or a man in a suit, it seems it is something from the world of which we know. Perhaps it’s not any data which is so troubling and debatable amongst the authorities, but the implications that data leads to if the film is authentic. In any case, it is a film and an event which deserves full reconsideration. Although of little value to scientists, another component worth considering is the personal experience, because it is that which gives the rest of us context. As we wrap up this series with our conclusions, we were fortunate to talk with one of the two men who were there, Bob Gimlin. Maybe character shouldn’t be considered when trying to determine the validity of this incident, but we can attest that Mr. Gimlin is as real and genuine a man as you’ll meet. After decades of remaining silent about his role, we’re grateful he’s finally agreed to tell his story because he deserves to be heard.

 
 

Location:

Researchers have re-located the site where Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin had their encounter with “Patty” the Sasquatch, on the banks of Bluff Creek around 1:30 p.m. on Friday, October 20, 1967. Bluff Creek is a tributary of the Klamath River, about 25 logging-road miles northwest of the town of Orleans, in Del Norte County California. GPS coordinates provided by BIGFOOT’S bLOG website.

 
 

Reference Links:

 

Film Scans and Composites from Bill Munns

The following are scans of frames, composites and charts from Reels 1 and 2 of Roger Patterson’s footage, put together by Bill Munns, which can be found on his website here: http://www.themunnsreport.com/tmr_v2_design_005.htm All images copyrighted, for research purposes only.

A composite of #1 and #2 Panorama Composites, pieced together by Bill Munns

PGF Reel One Panorama #1

PGF Reel One Panorama #2

PGF Reel One Panoramas 3, 4 and 5

PGF Reel One Panorama #6

Head Shape Sequence Chart

Reference Chart #3 – Foot Walk Sequence

Composite scans of Jim McClarin walking Patty’s estimated path. Film copyright 1968 from John Green’s original footage, scans by Bill Munns, January 31, 2009. For research only.

 

Related Books:

When Roger Met Patty
By William Munns
The Bigfoot Film Controversy
By Roger Patterson, Christopher L. Murphy
The Making of Bigfoot: The Inside Story
By Greg Long, Kal K. Korff
Sasquatch Science: Searching for Bigfoot LIVE 2 DVD Set
Starring D. Jeffrey Meldrum, John A. Bningernagel, Gordon Strasenburgh, John Green
 
 
 
Bigfoot: The Mysterious Monster
By Robert Guenette, Frances Guenette
 

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CREDITS:

Episode 144: The Patterson-Gimlin Film Part 6.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Sound Design by Ryan McCullough; Tess Pfeifle, Producer and Lead Researcher; Research Support from the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2019 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 143: The Patterson-Gimlin Film Part 5

Above image: an enlarged section from one of Bill Munns’ PGF scans.

 
 

“[The] thing that mystifies me is that, given how incredible the Patterson film is, somewhere in the last 50-odd years, somebody else should have been taking some kind of footage that was at least close to it, but there's nothing even close. Everything else is almost junk by comparison.”

– Hollywood Special Makeup Effects artist, computer graphics expert and PGF archivist, William “Bill” Munns

 

Background:

There are a few researchers for whom the Patterson-Gimlin Film has sparked a life-long quest to analyze its mystery and the possibility of Sasquatch. Concerning the preservation of the actual film itself, no one has done more to secure its integrity than William “Bill” Munns. While the original 16mm Kodachrome Color-Reversal film shot by Roger Patterson has since gone missing, Munns built a mobile High Definition digital film scanner and with exclusive permission from Patterson’s widow Patricia, has painstakingly scanned every frame of her first generation copy at 5K resolution, even discovering an additional two frames at the beginning, making the total count 954 frames in total. Bill Munns has spent most of his long career in filmmaking and creating special makeup effects, starting as a makeup artist with Universal Studios in 1969. He created full body suits for fictional creatures such as “Swamp Thing” and “The Beastmaster,” and so he brings to the PGF controversy well-established expertise in the fabrication of various creature costumes. Munns also has spent the last 22 years doing computer graphics, which positioned him well to do the image analysis of the PGF film frames. So he is uniquely well-qualified to analyze evidence consisting of 16mm film, and showing what many suspect is just a human in a fur creature costume. Tonight we sit down with Bill Munns for an interview in which he discusses his process, analysis and his conclusions which lead him to believe the film to be authentic.

 
 

Location:

Researchers have re-located the site where Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin had their encounter with “Patty” the Sasquatch, on the banks of Bluff Creek around 1:30 p.m. on Friday, October 20, 1967. Bluff Creek is a tributary of the Klamath River, about 25 logging-road miles northwest of the town of Orleans, in Del Norte County California. GPS coordinates provided by BIGFOOT’S bLOG website.

 
 

Reference Links:

 

Film Scans and Composites from Bill Munns

The following are scans of frames, composites and charts from Reels 1 and 2 of Roger Patterson’s footage, put together by Bill Munns, which can be found on his website here: http://www.themunnsreport.com/tmr_v2_design_005.htm All images copyrighted, for research purposes only.

A composite of #1 and #2 Panorama Composites, pieced together by Bill Munns

PGF Reel One Panorama #1

PGF Reel One Panorama #2

PGF Reel One Panoramas 3, 4 and 5

PGF Reel One Panorama #6

Head Shape Sequence Chart

Reference Chart #3 – Foot Walk Sequence

Composite scans of Jim McClarin walking Patty’s estimated path. Film copyright 1968 from John Green’s original footage, scans by Bill Munns, January 31, 2009. For research only.

 

Related Books:

When Roger Met Patty
By William Munns
The Bigfoot Film Controversy
By Roger Patterson, Christopher L. Murphy
The Making of Bigfoot: The Inside Story
By Greg Long, Kal K. Korff
Sasquatch Science: Searching for Bigfoot LIVE 2 DVD Set
Starring D. Jeffrey Meldrum, John A. Bningernagel, Gordon Strasenburgh, John Green
 
 
 
Bigfoot: The Mysterious Monster
By Robert Guenette, Frances Guenette
 

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CREDITS:

Episode 143: The Patterson-Gimlin Film Part 5.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Sound Design by Ryan McCullough; Tess Pfeifle, Producer and Lead Researcher; Research Support from the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2019 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 142: The Patterson-Gimlin Film Part 4

Above Image: Dr. Grover Krantz, a physical anthropologist specializing in Evolutionary Anthropology and Primatology holding up a Bigfoot cast. At first a skeptic of the Patterson-Gimlin film, after careful examination of it became one of the film’s leading proponents. Photo credit: CHUCK STOODY/ASSOCIATED PRESS

 
 

“To make sense of Bigfoot as a phenomenon, we have to try to understand why it persists. If Bigfoot is not an animal but an invention, how do human actors keep the legend going, generation after generation?”

– Anthropologist David Daegling from his 2004 book, Bigfoot Exposed: An Anthropologist Examines America's Enduring Legend.

 

Background:

It's easy for the uninformed, casual observer to make a declaration on a website's Comments Section, but what do the experts think about the Patterson-Gimlin Film? If we look to science to provide answers about the subject in the PGF, then we should consider the evaluations of physical anthropologists who specialize in primate morphology and authorities in biomechanics and bipedal locomotion. Fortunately, the academics and costume professionals who did weigh in ignored the gossip about character and focused only on the film. Unfortunately, most of the scientific community wouldn't bother giving the film any consideration and those that were asked to, dismissed it outright after limited viewing with no careful examination. What's interesting is that the few scientists who did analyze the film thoroughly and gave a favorable conclusion did so with a detailed report, while those that were doubtful about its authenticity had more superficial observations or disagreements about the other scientists' findings. This is to say there doesn't appear to be a point-by-point scientific argument disproving the creature's existence. Perhaps the most widely acceptable objective scientific review is akin to anthropologist David J. Daegling's assessment, generalized as, although the film's subject is compelling, the possibility of a hoax cannot be ruled out. But if it is a hoax, then the film must show a human in a suit, which then leads to the question, how could such a convincing costume be fabricated, especially by a layman? For that answer, who better to ask than the professionals in that field, the Film and TV Special Effects creature creators? Please join us for the fourth installment of our series on the PGF as we hear from the experts.

 
 

Location:

Researchers have re-located the site where Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin had their encounter with “Patty” the Sasquatch, on the banks of Bluff Creek around 1:30 p.m. on Friday, October 20, 1967. Bluff Creek is a tributary of the Klamath River, about 25 logging-road miles northwest of the town of Orleans, in Del Norte County California. GPS coordinates provided by BIGFOOT’S bLOG website.

 
 

Reference Links:

 

Film Scans and Composites from Bill Munns

The following are scans of frames, composites and charts from Reels 1 and 2 of Roger Patterson’s footage, put together by Bill Munns, which can be found on his website here: http://www.themunnsreport.com/tmr_v2_design_005.htm All images copyrighted, for research purposes only.

A composite of #1 and #2 Panorama Composites, pieced together by Bill Munns

PGF Reel One Panorama #1

PGF Reel One Panorama #2

PGF Reel One Panoramas 3, 4 and 5

PGF Reel One Panorama #6

Head Shape Sequence Chart

Reference Chart #3 – Foot Walk Sequence

Composite scans of Jim McClarin walking Patty’s estimated path. Film copyright 1968 from John Green’s original footage, scans by Bill Munns, January 31, 2009. For research only.

 

Related Books:

The Bigfoot Film Controversy
By Roger Patterson, Christopher L. Murphy
When Roger Met Patty
By William Munns
The Making of Bigfoot: The Inside Story
By Greg Long, Kal K. Korff
Sasquatch Science: Searching for Bigfoot LIVE 2 DVD Set
Starring D. Jeffrey Meldrum, John A. Bningernagel, Gordon Strasenburgh, John Green
 
 
 
Bigfoot: The Mysterious Monster
By Robert Guenette, Frances Guenette
 

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CREDITS:

Episode 142: The Patterson-Gimlin Film Part 4.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Sound Design by Ryan McCullough; Tess Pfeifle, Producer and Lead Researcher; Research Support from the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2019 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.