Bill Munns Accomplishments so far
Two curious phenomenon today impact on our understanding of things in an unfortunate way, in
terms of trying to verify reliable information. One is the internet blog and discussion forum entities, where people quite freely
post claims which are sometimes factual and sometimes not. Sorting out which is which can be challenging. The second phenomenon is
“reality TV” which actually takes considerable liberties with the concept of “reality” in search of ratings and compelling programming.
media can sometimes misrepresent the facts. My work has been mentioned or discussed in both media by other people, and I have seen
some errors in the description of my effort. I can’t control every facet of the media but I can create a source of accurate information
about my efforts and analysis so it is easily accessible and fixed in location for citations of source.
So this page of the website
contains a factual list of things I have specifically accomplished during my years of research and analysis of the PGF mystery.
1. Scanned a full frame copy of the PGF held by John Green at 4K resolution (scans were 4272 x 2848 pixels) in January, 2009. Also
scanned selected frames from first reel footage and a continuous 202 frames of the footprint trackway, generally considered second
reel footage. The trackway footage scan at 4K resolution was a “first”. I also made the first 4K scans of selected frames of John
Green’s filming of Jim McClarin replicating the PGF walk path, scanned from Green’s camera original.
2. Scanned selected frames from beginning, lookback and end of Bob Gimlin’s personal PGF copy, scanned at 4K, in May, 2009. Also scanned
selected frames from Roger Patterson’s other documentary footage reel, a first, to study Roger’s camera/filming equipment and activity
before the PGF was filmed.
3. 4K scan of the Patterson Archive Copy of the PGF held by Patricia
Patterson, as well as scanning 5 large transparancies of hers made from the camera original film. From the Patterson Archive Copy
(PAC), a HD Video image stabilized version of the PGF was made for a TV production (“American Paranormal Bigfoot”).
4. A full 4K scan and analysis of “Copy 8“ made by ANE Productions from their feature length documentary “Bigfoot: Man or Beast”,
including the first 4K scan of a 4x zoom frame copy of the lookback sequence.
5. Scans of the
beginning, middle, and end of a personal copy used in a presentation reel by researcher Peter Byrne, revealing frame 954 for the first
time, on that copy.
6. Scans of the Rene Dahinden’s footage on his own 1972 Bluff Creek site visit where Rene (on camera)
holds an 8‘ marker bar at various positions of the estimated creature path. My scans and description of this footage is a first, since
most prior PGF researchers did not even know that this footage existed.
7. First 4K scan of an
intact full first reel footage copy, from John Green’s Archives, and extensive analysis on the optical printing versions done for
John Green and Rene Dahinden by Canawest labs in late 1967 from the camera original.
8. I developed
the first true frame count and inventory system, the “Verified frame Count (VFC)” which corrected the longstanding errors in frame
numbering and verified the true frame count and sequence. As of this date, there are 954 verified frames known and documented.
9. I have finally verified that the Kodak K-100 camera is in fact the filming camera, by using the camera identification mark of that
model camera as true and verifiable identification. Previously, that type camera was presumed to be the filming camera, but not verified
to a factual certainty.
10. I have verified that Roger did use other cameras for some of his documentary
filming prior to the Bluff Creek encounter, and that he had zoom lenses on both his K-100 camera and his second camera model, for
some filming. I have verified that Roger used both Kodachrome and Ektachrome film types for different parts of his documentary effort.
11. I have developed the first frame identification service and capability, to positively identify any specific frame in the film,
as well as identify any TV scan frame blends, and identify any copy cropping that may have been done. False claims of image content
are often made using frames blended by the TV scan process, and this service can clear up the confusion of such false claims.
12. I have developed the most extensive copy inventory ever held by any researcher, for the purposes of grading copy quality, as well
as for identifying image anomalies in specific copies that were not on the camera original, useful in refuting some of the more imaginative
claims people make based on poor copies that contain such image anomalies.
13. I have developed
the most comprehensive Bluff Creek site map based on image data shown in the PGF and other filmings or photography of the site, a
map which successfully unifies the early segment landscape with the lookback segment scene, to put both filming parts into a proper
context. This site map also identifies the likely path of both the filmed subject and the camera operator as he chases after the filmed
subject, in the context of this landscape model. This is the most accurate representation (of how the filming event occurred) ever
developed by any researcher to date.
14. I was the first researcher to positively identify the
camera filming starts on both the PGF segment and the full first reel, and explain their significance to this analysis.
15. I was the first researcher to truly verify that the PGF ends in a camera runout, and that the film was then unloaded for putting
in a second roll of film. The film exhibits a light washout in the last few frames which I identified and described.