Using materials that existed in the mid 1960s (Have to assume it took some time to make the suit). How could we make the Patterson suit?
My thoughts would start with bear skin, because it is bigger and requires less animals to make a suit of that size. I have seen bears skins in person and they look a little more bristly then what I can make out from the Patterson Bigfoot. Still, might work if we used some old fashioned hair stuff like Brylcreem. But the fur on the Patterson Bigfoot doesn't really look like it had the greasy look of those products.
So, what to use, goat hair looks right, with some brown hair dye to even out the color and the will to skin several goats you can get enough to make the suit.
Now, we need a big man, willing to dress in Bigfoot drag that can be trusted and willing to be on hand to get a custom suit fitted to him. Personally I would want a chunky big man for this job, less padding needed, adding the needed quilted stuffing to the front of the suit and use some glue or contact cement to form fit the fur to the man's back on filming day.
Arms and legs I would use metal snaps, small enough to hide under the fur but secure enough to have a nice tight seem and allow movement.
Making the bigfoot a female is almost a no brainer, local XXX stores are not handy to get reasonable looking Man Parts to dangle at the time.
"It's Booty time!" Since primates booty seems a little lower, going to have to pad one up that hangs down a little lower than our human guy in the suit, since chubby men usually do not have much booty, the man's booty will actually look like lower back muscles when the glue grabs. The booty looking dumpy and lumpy is ok because that how Patterson's Bigfoots looks so, basically make a little pillow tightly stuffed and use contact cement to attach it to the inside of the fur and hope for the best.
BOOBIES!, Patterson's look a little low on the chest compared to most humans and gorillas to me. So, how do I make those, from what it looks like on his, I would take wet leather and mold it into cone shapes and let it dry, add stuffing and cut holes in the goat skin and sew them in. The nipples, not real sure about this, since it is a one time use, and I would probably burn the suit if I did not want to be caught with it later I would probably use wax to make them and glue them on...And hope a real male Bigfoot did happen by while shooting the film to give them a pinch.
The arms look a little long to be human to me in all the pictures, but the Patterson Bigfoot stays bent forward at all times. To be safe I would stuff a pair of leather gloves with a little fur contact cemented to them, and leave room for the man to put his fingers in about palm deep to give it wrist action while filming. Sew them to the end of the suit sleeves that snap to the shirt section.
The head section, and nose, To make it look like Patterson's I would make a padded cone head hood with fur that would blend into the shirt section of the suit and use snaps to attach it at the neckline. The Nose and face, looks like he used some form of modeling clay to make the nose look bigger, so we use a little glue to make sure the nose stays in place and the strip of fur to connect both sides of the opening for the face. Have to glue the fur directly to the mans skin from the mouth down to the neck to make it look decent.
With a few fittings of the hood and shirt and I would make sure the pants section pulled tight to the upper body (Shirt section) with snaps. The feet, they look so odd in the still pictures, Very flat and inflexible and oddly lighter colored that I would imagine...So, most outdoorsmen of that day and age carried a pocket knife and whittled or knew a little wood carving, Patterson's are not that impressive so lets make some wooden sandals. and carve the foot features on the bottom. Now use small upholstery nails to attach them to the fur pants section, making sure the fur covers right down to the edge of the foot. Add any stuffing needed to make them fill out past the man's natural foot size and keep his feet from sliding forward when he walked.
It's filming day, our chubby man is changing his pants behind the bush and now needs some glue/cement on his back, after the glue is applied he slides the shirt section on and we have to press the back to mold to his features. Snap everything around leg and waste sections securely. Now he puts on the hood section and we make sure the snaps are all tight and glue the lower face and neck sections as needed.
ACTION! Make sure the camera jiggles around some and always slightly out of focus or just plain blurry.
What would any of you use differently? It's all for fun, please don't take this very seriously.
Edited by iWitness, 13 July 2014 - 03:47 PM.