|Photoshop illustration of Lee Romaire, of Lee Romaire Studios|
checking out Melissa Hovey's game cam Bigfoot picture
As you may remember from an earlier posts, Letters from the Big Man, was an attempt to make the most authentic depiction of Bigfoot, not only in behavior but also visually. Lee Romaire, in our opinion, succeeded. Bigfoot lunch Club was provided exclusive photos and a test video of the Bigfoot costume. You can also see a few examples of Lee Romaire's work below.
|You can see an artist cutting the hair to different lengths as mentioned in Lee's opinion.|
It should be noted these photos are "In Progress" and not reflective of the final costume
|Possible Sasquatch Picture Taken from a Game Cam (click to enlarge)|
"In my opinion it's fake. The hair used here is identical to an expensive brand of fake fur that we use. This particular fur type is called werewolf fur, woven on a 4 way stretch fabric (which is identical in color to the skin showing under the fur in the photograph). You can order this fur in medium or sparse density, and this one looks to be medium density.The fur is simply too uniform in color, density and direction to be authentic. Even though this is a high quality fur, it needs to be trimmed, painted etc. to achieve a hyper realistic look. The skin is also too uniform in color.If one was able to zoom in very tight on this photograph and manipulate it I'd bet that you'd find a weave pattern on the skin areas."
To make [recreate this exact photo] in your garage would probably cost less than $800.
UPDATE: Lee Romaire wanted to make it clear that he did NOT mean a Bigfoot costume could be made for $800, he has emailed us with more specificity, "what I meant by that photo being created for $800.00 is NOT that you can make a whole suit, but someone could sculpt a bust from the back up (with no detail on the face, paint it and stretch $500 worth of artificial fur on it and it would produce that shot.""--Lee Romaire
He continues, "I believe that bigfoot is real, and that I have been fascinated with the subject for years. People have asked me to comment on the Patty footage, but I want to believe it's real too badly to be objective."
Lee's opinion matches up with our post yesterday featuring Bill Munn's expertise.
Also, in our opinion, we wouldn't worry about these being tips for hoaxers. Any body with the time and talent for this stuff is already using those two resources to make money in Hollywood. And as you can see, even two FX experts and Bigfoot hopefuls (if not full-on believers) can detect details of fabrication. Neither one of them had see the other's opinion.
You should read our post, "The Making of Letters from the Big Man" to read our interview with Lee Romaire and learn how he collaborated with Christopher Munch on the Sasquatch design.
Also, Be sure and check out Lee Romaire Studios, he's been working on a lot of great stuff lately, from the animatronic Lincoln for Disney, to an animatronic goat for Sacha Baron Cohen's newest movie The Dictator.
We will always appreciate the respect and work he put into Christopher Munch's Letters from The Big Man.