"Willow Creek" the movie by Bobcat Goldthwait - BEST BIGFOOT NEWS OF 2013
When I think back on the year, one thing stands out above all the rest when it comes to bigfoot news and experiences - Bobcat Goldthwait's bigfoot movie "Willow Creek"!!
It's been exciting and a breath of fresh air to see someone with substantial Hollywood clout get involved with the subject in his own way - but most of all, he's WELL INFORMED!! He knows the subject and the lore that surrounds the major historical events. He got informed like anyone else would - read the right books, sought out information on the internet (but filtered it with a base knowledge) and even went to a conference.
|with Bobcat Goldthwait at the Arcata, CA premiere|
(photo copyright Tom Yamarone)
And so that is what shines through in the original script he wrote for "Willow Creek". It's an intelligent take on bigfoot and the Patterson-Gimlin film - and the interaction between the two main characters is real, witty, very funny at times and, in the end, characterized by hair raising tension and terror. I say all this from a somewhat biased viewpoint as I have a cameo in the movie and have gotten to know Bobcat and Aimee, the producer. This has been unlike any other experience I've had with a bigfoot production for television or film.
|Shooting the scene for movie|
(photo by Todd Hale)
"Roger and Bob (Rode Out That Day)" - my song about Patterson & Gimlin - fit right into the story of the film. The scene was shot in the woods around some local cabins and involved the actors interviewing me about Bob Gimlin, the film and then asking me to play the song. It was all done in a matter of 30 minutes - maybe less. Just very low key yet professional - and it was awesome to do it with Scott, Terry and Todd watching. I am usually a "one-take wonder" but ended up needing 3 to complete the scene. I messed up (mixed up?) the lyrics on Take 1 and had to cough at the end of Take 2. After enduring some intense glares from the director, I pulled off Take 3 without a hitch. So, that is how it went down.
|Tom meet Bobcat!|
(photo by Todd Hale)
It wasn't until a few months later that I got a phone call and some emails and worked it out to be part of this great bigfoot film project! I am beyond excited and it was a thrill to attend the premiere in Aracata, California last May 30th. We can reminisce more about that later. For now, keep your eyes peeled in the coming year for "WILLOW CREEK"!! The best bigfoot movie ever!!