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Monday, July 18, 2011

Finding Bigfoot: just another unreal "reality" TV show?

I just ran across a post on Cryptomundo, stating that the show is edited to make things look a certain way, when reality is quite different... all this according to leader of Big Foot Research Org (BFRO) Matt Moneymaker. He stated the following:
"Cast member and BFRO leader Matt Moneymaker says, in response to a question about one particular scene with typically grainy footage, “… the thing I ran after up the hill was a human — someone who was sneaking around us in the woods trying to watch the production in progress. I said so repeatedly and vehemently at the time, for the cameras, but they edited out all of that in order to make it seem unclear what I was chasing after.”

But my question is: is this really a surprise to anyone? I expected that some of the incidences in the show are edited in a way to make the viewer suspect there is something there, when there really isn't. Mind you I have a Film/Video production degree... so I guess I can't help but look at these shows from a film-making point of view.

Now this isn't to say that Finding Bigfoot is completely faked... but for Moneymaker to complain about the editing technique is very telling. Most people blame the people who show up on the TV screen if something is faked or exaggerated but the producers have the final say. Not the cast. Not most of the crew. I suspect Moneymaker just didn't know what he was getting into when he signed up to do the show, or hooked up with the networks. This is common in reality TV shows.

This is reminiscent of Paranormal State... which is completely faked. There's a great article about it here (http://www.ghosttheory.com/2008/11/04/paranormal-state-caught-faking-entire-show). It's long but worth the read. It might amaze you just how far they will go. The lies they tell, even to the clients they are supposed to be helping. And the "star" of the show comes of as a total d-bag.

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