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Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Redwoods Footage - The Playboy Bigfoot Video

It's the night of August 28, 1995. There's a light rain falling as night settles in. After a day of filming, some of the crew take a drive to relax down one of the side roads of the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. When they turn the RV around to go back, they catch sight of something that will change their lives.

This video was originally being talked about as the Playboy bigfoot video, the Playmate and the Primate, and the Beauty and the Beast, depending on which broadcast you were lucky enough to catch. Thankfully, more discerning eyes took a look at the footage and found something more than a joke. It is said that Dr. Jeff Meldrum started to call it the "Redwoods Footage" in order to give it some dignity and have it taken more seriously.

On to the rest of the story: the camera was rolling, operated by Craig Miller, videographer, as usual. Filming was continued as usual to record behind-the-scenes events in support of the actual staged and rehearsed scenes.
As the RV was approaching a bend in the road,  Colin Goddard, husband to Playboy model Anna-Marie Goddard, called out that there was a bear ahead.  Miller swung the camera to the road to catch it on video, thinking it might be useful in the film. He caught the massive, shaggy shape as it walked upright, with arms swinging at its sides. Goddard sped up to get closer.

As he did so, the creature looked back at them. And that was when they all realized there was no protruding snout like a bear's. Just a flat human-like face. Goddard slammed on the brakes and the creature stepped in front of the vehicle. "Not a bear" and "What is it" filled the RV as they all got a closer look.

After stepping in front of the RV, the creature crossed the road and disappeared behind some trees, heading in the direction of the nearby Smith River.

When they had put on the high beams, the creature had raised its arms to shield its face before continuing with its deliberate strides, pausing only once to glare back at the vehicle as if to say "What the hell!". It was at this moment that they saw a sloping brow, a broad flat nose, high flaring cheekbones, and a broad well muscled neck and shoulders. They felt the creature was around 7 1/2 feet tall.

Several researchers and scientists looked at this footage, investigated the site, and interviewed the witnesses. They found some similarities to the Patterson Film in the facial features, body form, and proportions. They also found differences as this creature appeared to be a male with long and shaggy hair, especially on its arms and legs; whereas, the Patterson Film clearly shows a female with a sleeker coat and with breasts. There are sexual differences in hairiness found in other primates.

Further analysis shows the gluteal muscle of the buttock while the creature is walking. There is also a possible reflective spot that could be an area on the shin showing where some hair had been rubbed off. That corresponded to a bony protuberance on the thighbone just below the skin surface known as the greater trochanter. This would suggest a worn spot from either sleeping side down or from rubbing a hip against a tree.

There is also a possible view of the male genitalia. As the figure passes in front of the RV, there is a spot reflecting on the front of the body just below the waist level. It appears to have a thick hair-covered base and a reflective, tapering portion that curves upward in a sickle shape. Some researchers thought that could possibly be a display of an erect penis, perhaps as a form of threat, as has been seen in some other apes.

As the creature retreats behind the tree, there is a last look at the leg and foot. The heel appears board, the ankle thick, and the calf lacks the characteristic taper and straight line of a human Achilles tendon. The heel comes off the ground while the mid-foot appears to remain in contact with the ground until it pushes off and the entire foot swings forward. With a human foot, the heel and mid-foot lift together. An ape's foot has more flexible joints and therefore moves differently. These are all signs that show the bipedal bigfoot walks with a distinctive difference from that of humans.

And now for the other side of the equation: The film is a hoax.

Some say that as this was filmed by a professional crew with Hollywood connections, there is the possibility that this was just an elaborate hoax.

Peter Bryne, Rene Dahinden, and Larry Lund all claimed the film was a hoax. However, it is said that they viewed the film and reenacted it to expose the hoax but never bothered to interview any witnesses or do an on-site investigation.

Lund claims that he and Bryne tested the theory on the height of the creature and felt that they proved it would not have been as tall as claimed. That the creature would have had to be under 6 ft, well within typical human height. And they proceeded to say that they could see another figure crossing the road further up in the frame of the video taken which to them proved it was people walking around.

David Bittner, Pixel Workshop, Inc,, on the other hand, appears to have done much more work with video analysis of the taping of this footage and did many enhancement sessions of the video. The wealth of details that his work produced goes far toward showing this to be real and not a hoax.

Watch the footage below for yourself.


"I'll spark the thought; what you do with it is up to you."
"Those that know, need no further proof. Those that don't, should not demand it from others, but seek it for themselves."

This Post By TCC Team Member Nancy Marietta. Nancy has had a lifelong interest in the paranormal and cryptids. Nancy is also a published author and her book, The Price of war has been met with great reviews.

[Please Note: Sadly Nancy passed away at the first of January, 2022. We will continue to honor her and her research by sharing her work. RIP Nancy. -Thomas]

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