Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Utah's Provo Canyon Bigfoot Media Round-up

Still from Provo Canyon Bigfoot video
By now you may have heard of the Provo Canyon Bigfoot video. The video of what seemed like a bear, stands on it's hind legs and transforms into a Bigfoot-like silhouette with forearms hanging down on both sides. Many of you fans know we don't get excited about videos, although, it seems, many others do. However, we will share our opinion. The transformation into a Bigfoot silhouette is eerily alarming and the response of the hikers feels genuine. Emotionally, this video has major impact, unfortunately it is still a blob-squatch.

With all that said, the video has it's place in the Bigfoot cannon of you-tube videos and is worth investigating. 

Below is the video breakdown by Phil Polling of ParaBreakdown a respected investigator of paranormal YouTube videos. It contains the original video with Phil's commentary. After the video, read reactions from around the web.

YouTube user "Beard Card," who did not want his name made public, said he and some friends were camping in Provo Canyon near Squaw Peak and Little Rock Canyon Overlook when the group saw some deer up on a hill that they wanted to get a closer look at.
"On our way up, we thought we saw a bear, until this giant creature stood up and looked right at us," he said. "We ran straight to the car after that, leaving our tent and most everything behind."
SRC: KSL.com
Mitch Phillips (AVATAR, EIGHT-LEGGED FREAKS). He has dedicated much of his life studying Bigfoot and has worked with special effects as well as CGI. Here is his report:
“You know, I have seen countless of these videos that proclaim to have the elusive Sasquatch on tape. Most recently, I debunked a video from a four-wheeler and another from a supposed camping trip. This Utah video is quite interesting. Since I do not have a great deal of time to explain the technical stuff, let me just give you my findings in simple terms.
1. I rule out costume due to the muscle tone and appearance of real fur.
2. I rule out other animal/mistaken identity. This is not a bear or anything else. This has human-like limbs.
3. The reactions from those filming are very convincing. There is none of this ‘what is that’ comments that are on every fake video.
4. There is no video trickery. This was there. My conclusion: It’s real. This is a huge piece of evidence supporting the existence of Bigfoot. I’m impressed!”
SRC: Ringside Report

Phone Interview with Bear Card
SRC: Fox 13 now

Recently Dr. Jeff Meldrum was asked about the video:
But the video itself is ultimately inconclusive, according to Jeffrey Meldrum, a professor of anatomy and anthropology at Idaho State University and Bigfoot researcher. Meldrum said though the video appears to show an upright creature with a distinct arm, the image could be created by foliage obscuring part of the body of a bear.

"On first glance I really can't differentiate it from a black bear," he said.

Still, Meldrum advised against immediately writing off alleged Bigfoot sightings as pseudoscience.

"There is merit to that argument but I don't think that justifies ignoring what evidence we have," he said, adding that authorities have reported unexplained footprints, hair and vocalizations from various locations in the world.


According to Meldrum, there have been additional sightings farther south in Utah and people living on the Ute Indian reservation have insisted that some sort of creature resembling Bigfoot exists. Meldrum further compared Sasquatch to wolverines, which are also elusive and almost never seen in the wild.
SRC: Daily Herald

Finally the original two versions of the video; Regular and slow-mo

1 comment:

  1. CGI, I think... it doesn't look natural. Nor are they "acting". They barely speak, then run. But really, we have only to ask, could it be faked? Answer: easily. Not good enough.


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