The Patterson–Gimlin film is an American short motion picture of an unidentified subject which the filmmakers have said was a Bigfoot. The footage was shot in 1967 in Northern California, and has since been subjected to many attempts to authenticate or debunk it. The filmmakers were Roger Patterson and Robert ‘Bob’ Gimlin. Patterson died of cancer in 1972 and maintained right to the end that the creature on the film is real.
About Patterson–Gimlin film in brief
The Patterson–Gimlin film is an American short motion picture of an unidentified subject which the filmmakers have said was a Bigfoot. The footage was shot in 1967 in Northern California, and has since been subjected to many attempts to authenticate or debunk it. The film is 23. 85 feet long, has 954 frames, and runs for 59. 5 seconds at 16 frames per second. If the film was shot at 18 fps, as Grover Krantz believed, the event lasted 53 seconds. The exact location of the site was lost, primarily because of re-growth of foliage in the streambed after the flood of 1964. It was rediscovered in 2011. It is just south of a north-running segment of the creek informally known as ‘the bowling alley’ The filmmakers were Roger Patterson and Robert ‘Bob’ Gimlin. Patterson died of cancer in 1972 and maintained right to the end that the creature on the film is real. Gimlin has always denied being involved in any part of a hoax with Patterson. Patterson said he became interested in Bigfoot after reading an article about the creature by Ivan T. Sanderson in True magazine in December 1959. In 1962 he visited Bluff Creek and talked with a whole host of Bigfoot-believers. In 1964 he returned and met a timber-cruiser named Pat Graves, who drove him to Laird Meadows. There Patterson saw fresh tracks—for him an almost unbearably exciting, spine-chilling experience. Patterson invested thousands of hours and dollars combing Bigfoot and Sasquatch territory.
He fought constant ridicule and a shortage of funds. He founded the Northwest Research Foundation. In 1966 he published a paperback book at his own expense. The book contains 20 pages of previously unpublished interviews and letters, 17 drawings by Patterson of the encounters described in the text, 5 hand-drawn maps, and almost 20 photos and illustrations from other sources. Patterson would have needed a costume to represent Bigfoot, if the time came to shoot such climactic scenes. Prior to the filming, Patterson apparently visited Yakima, California, on these occasions. Patterson moved back to Los Angeles and became his neighbor’s neighbor, Yakima Merritt, later became his friend’s neighbor and later his neighbor, Bobironimus. The storyline called for Patterson, an old miner and a wise Indian tracker on a hunt for Bigfoot, and the cowboys to recall the stories of Fred Beck and others as they tracked the beast on horseback. The movie was first reprinted in 1996 by Chris Murphy, and then again re-issued by Murphy in 2005 under the title The Bigfoot Film Controversy, with 81 pages of material by Murphy by MayJune 1967. Patterson began filming a docudrama or pseudo-documentary about Bigfoot for his friend, Bobimus, for three days of shooting over the Memorial Day weekend of 1967. The story was called ‘The Bigfoot Movie’ and Patterson used at least nine volunteer acquaintances, including Gimlin and Bob ironimus.