The Davis Report-The Second Film

Roger Patterson reportedly took a second roll of film at the event at Bluff Creek that day. Many people say that they saw this second film at several showings early on , but that it disappeared after that. There are several clips from the film that have surfaced here and there. In the clip below, some have come to the conclusion that this is a staged scene for the camera, but in my experience, I do believe that at least this is the Bluff Creek area. He is pouring a cast in the moistened sand, and then smiling for the Camera. Off in the distance is another white spot on the sand that could be a second casting. The camera is pointed at Roger Patterson at a very oblique angle to the sand bar and makes this second spot appear far off, but actually it is not very far. Film can be viewed from either side, and I have seen these images in this orientation and from the inverted side. I do not know which is correct here. Roger Patterson is here…frozen in time…always pouring this track with a boyish grin and a look of excitement. A look that will forever reach out to us from across the sands of time and Bluff Creek and cry out to us all…that there is unfinished business here. Click on the image to animate.

Copyright Patricia Patterson. Film work and stabilization by M.K.Davis. Please do not right click without permission.

Here’s an arrow pointing to what could be another step on the sand bar. Note the sun angle by the shadows.

Copyright Patricia Patterson. Filmwork by M.K.Davis. Please do not right click without permission.

Here is a clip of Patterson holding the casts by a tree. Some say this was taken there in Yakima at his home, but the tree in the background has the burn patterns of a fast moving fire etched into its bark between the scales. I’m incline to believe that this is Bluff Creek. Click on the image to animate.

Copyright Patricia Patterson. Filmwork by M.K.Davis. Please do not right click without permission.

 

 

Here’s a few more frames added from various sources. Click on the image to animate.

Copyright Patricia Patterson. Filmwork by M.K.Davis. Please do not right click without permission.

 

 

 

This is a stabilized clip, allegedly from the second roll of film. I have seen this footprint before but the substrate does not look like what I have seen down in the creek. The color might be off, or it might be a footprint from further up the mountain road at a higher elevation where the clay substrate exists. At any rate, click on the image to animate.

Copyright Patricia Patterson. Filmwork by M.K.Davis. Please do not right click without permission.

Here’s a photo of a mosaic allegedly constructed from stills from the second roll of film. This was constructed by Canadian Yvon Leclerc and archived by researcher Bobbie Short. I couldn’t help noticing that the poured track is much longer than any of the others. Is this overpour? Perhaps…it is, but there appears to be the same ridges around the plaster as there are around the other tracks, produced by compaction of the sand.The same track as the one above can be seen beneath the second arrow from the left. Click to enlarge.

Copyright Patricia Patterson. Film work by Yvon Leclerc.

8 thoughts on “The Davis Report-The Second Film

  1. Is that another casting in the background just above the back of his hat? As far as the trackway is concerned, maybe he chose to cast the best and clearest imprint and that could explain why it appears larger?

  2. Could the poured track be a slide as the other prints seem to have more definition than that one but aren’t quite as long – maybe that was the one that Patterson thought looked the most impressive – again not the actions of someone who had staged the thing

  3. Do you know of any sources for second reel footage? I’ve heard the same story told over and over that it was given to the BBC and never returned. I have also heard that some of that footage may have been released as part of a nature series but that it is not available on vhs or dvd that I know of. Have you seen the footage from that release or was it from the footage Dahinden had? (or green?) I’m curious if you know of any sources further than that, or if you feel like the whole bbc never returning it story is a ruse to not release it.

    • The second reel has shown up in parts. If the first reel was copied, it is likely that the second one was also. Something should have shown up. Only bits and pieces have however. A few frames here and a few there. The BBC could have it, but I doubt it. It is more likely that if they have anything, they have a copy. Perhaps it will show up one day.

  4. The cast print appears to be the only full foot print. The others appear to be only the front half of the foot from the mid-tarsal break to the toes. The first print on the left could have some heel indentation, but is on uneven terrain. The cast print looks to be the only full foot fall on level ground without strong toe grabbing indents in the sand.

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