Are there any footprints that are visible in the Patterson film? The answer is…yes. In the very high quality prints both platen and transparency, the more subtle details are certainly visible. Here is an image, taken from the film in the form of a platen image. A platen image is a paper print. This image was being sold at Mr. Patterson’s live events and it is of superb quality. Watch carefully as contrast is boosted and filtration applied. Click on the image to animate.
In the photo below, the film subject is seen actually making…or standing in…the prints. The only thing that is really odd, is that the right print seems to be on the left and the left print on the right. A “stepover” type of maneuver would be required to do this. Take a look at this still.
Now…let’s take a look at the film and see if such a crossover maneuver did take place. In this animation, a semi-transparent clip is overlain across a frame from later in the film, in order to see if there is a step over maneuver and did it take place at that exact spot. Here’s the clip. Click on the image to animate it.
Here’s a clip that demonstrates the depth of one of the prints. I’m guessing “Patty” to weigh somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 lbs. Click on the image to animate it.
Some have said that the sand bar was very hard and compacted. It does not show that to be true in the film however. There was a logging road that WAS compacted and hardened with lime, but the sand bar was soft were there was not rock. Here’s a clip that shows this. In the clip, the left foot is being dragged toes down in the sand and across a wooden stick. The loose sand accumulates on the toes and when the foot is planted suddenly, the loose sand goes airborne and hits the ground “after” the foot plants. This has been mistakenly interpreted as the foot itself flexing. These images should clear that up. Here’s the first one. Click on the image to animate it.
Now…here is a slower version of it. Watch the toes dig into the sand and actually deposit some sand on the stick. The foot continues forward and and then plants briskly. The sand on the toes goes airborne and then lands a split second later. Good images do make a difference in understanding the film Click on the image to animate it.