Friday, July 29, 2011

Bigfoot Art by Hunter (3rd Grade)

Thank you, Hunter!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Sound Recordings


Continuing the long, arduous process of transferring over content from my original NorthAmericanBigfoot.com website, I have now finished with the sound recordings section in the new, updated, and Cliffcentric CliffBarackman.com.  The sound recording section has been updated with a new format, and the Horse Creek Howls from the Oregon episode of Finding Bigfoot have been added.  

Visit the sound recording section of CliffBarackman.com to give a listen.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Detroit Lake, 2009

A new footprint photograph has been added to my ever-growing footprint database.  The print was found in October, 2009, and was photographed by a witness and his uncle while hunting for chanterelles at Detroit Lake.


To read the rest of the report, go to my footprint database at CliffBarackman.com.  

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Finding Bigfoot in the Oregonian

Living in Portland, OR, I was honored and thrilled to be interviewed by The Oregonian, arguably the most read paper in these parts.  The interview seemed a lot more like a casual conversation than a question and answer session, and I'm pleased with the results.  Please read on for more details, or see the original here.

A 12-year-old Alaskan hunter tells the "Finding Bigfoot" crew
that he saw an 8-foot bigfoot-like creature up close in a
forest clearing. The show uses this computer-generated bigfoot
as the boy describes his encounter.


'Finding Bigfoot' makes a big impact in its first season

or some viewers, Animal Planet's new series "Finding Bigfoot" is a comedy: Did you hear that guy perform a bigfoot howl? 

For others, including the show's stars, it's a drama of serious investigations into reported bigfoot sightings in Oregon and across the country. 

Animal Planet executives may not care how people react to the show as long as viewers tune in. And they are. 

Over the show's six-episode first season, "Finding Bigfoot" has averaged 1.2 million viewers in its Sunday night premieres, making it among the top three series on the Discovery-owned cable network ("River Monsters" and"Whale Wars" are the other Animal Planet hits.) 

Each episode features the four-member "Finding Bigfoot" team investigating images or video captured of the ape-like bigfoot , often followed by a night-time exploration using infrared cameras to detect heat signatures. 

Occasionally, a computer-generated bigfoot is shown in re-created scenes.

Next week, Animal Planet will announce it has renewed "Finding Bigfoot" for a 10-episode second season to begin airing in early 2012. There are also plans for the network to air a two-hour special this fall around Halloween tentatively titled "The Squatchiest Place on Earth." 

Asked why the network would devote a series to a creature that's yet to be proved exists, Animal Planet president and general manager Marjorie Kaplan deadpanned, "It doesn't exist?" 

This weekend's season finale of "Finding Bigfoot" (10 p.m. Sunday) was filmed at Ike's Pizza in Leaberg, about 20 miles east of Eugene on Highway 126. The episode, called "Behind the Search," is a one-hour reunion special with the "Finding Bigfoot" team taking questions from an audience while recapping their six-episode first season, including an episode filmed in the Willamette National Forest

The four-person team, led by Bigfoot Field Research Organization founder Matt Moneymaker, investigated a video shot by kayakers on the McKenzie River that appears to show a biped – a bigfoot? a human? – standing near some rocks on the shoreline. Moneymaker tends to see bigfoot everywhere, while field biologist Ranae Holland is the team's skeptic. 

"It is true that we felt if we were going to do the show that we have a skeptical voice," Kaplan said. "She represents the viewer a lot of time," said Keith Hoffman, "Finding Bigfoot" executive producer for Animal Planet. "Viewers want to see people who don't just totally believe, although Ranae has told me she would like it to be true (that bigfoots exist)." 

In the McKenzie River sequence, Holland quickly concludes the creature on the shore is not a sasquatch, but a human. Although it didn't make it into the final episode, Portlander Cliff Barackman, the show's level-headed educator (imagine the professor from "Gilligan's Island"), said he agreed with Holland; he had previously researched and debunked this reported sighting at his website, cliffbarackman.com. 

Barackman taught sixth grade and music appreciation at Cascade Heights Public Charter School in Milwaukie, taking a six-week leave of absence earlier this year to film the first season of "Finding Bigfoot." He won't return to the school in the fall because of his commitment to the show's second season. He said students got a kick out of his interest in bigfoot. 

"They absolutely loved it," he said. "Some would say, 'Mr. B., I don't think bigfoot's real,' and I'd say they are but you don't have to believe." 

Barackman, 40, was friends with two of the other three "Finding Bigfoot" cast members before he was cast on the show and he's had his sights set on a TV gig for a while, previously appearing on A&E' s "Bob Saget's Strange Days" (for a sasquatch hunt episode) and on History's "MonsterQuest" (as a bigfoot expert). 

Barackman said he always had an interest in monsters as a child and was a fan of the 1970s paranormal TV show "In Search Of. ..." At Cal State Long Beach, he spent time in the library between classes, pulling random books from shelves to read. Barackman said he stumbled upon a book of scientific, peer-reviewed papers about sasquatches, which ignited his interest in bigfoot. From there, he said, "It got worse and worse." 

He moved to Oregon three years ago, in part for the easy access to the wilderness for bigfoot expeditions. "When I looked at the climate and the cultural climate – the eccentric, weirdo-centered culture – I thought I'd feel comfortable having the opportunity to do gigs playing guitar, meet interesting people and have access to squatchy places," Barackman said. "I go to bars and restaurants in Portland and I'm not bashful about bigfoot. I'll ask people, have you seen a sasquatch or know somebody who has? And in Portland it averages one out of five people say yes."

So, has he ever seen a bigfoot? Barackman said he's collected footprint samples, recorded vocalizations and been screamed at from 40 feet away, but his only possible sighting was through a thermal camera during a "Finding Bigfoot" shoot in North Carolina. He takes criticism of bigfoot believers in stride on the show and in conversation. 

"They can be as wrong as they want," he said. "It doesn't matter to me at all. The reality of the species does not depend on their belief nor does it depend on mine." 

-- Rob Owen

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Finding Bigfoot - "Alaska's Bigfoot Island" Commentary

Alaska's Bigfoot Island – Cliff's Commentary
The Alaska shoot was interesting for several reasons. First of all, it was initially meant to a pilot episode for the series, and was the first to be shot. We started filming it in June of 2010, and were on scene for seven days. Enough footage was filmed to edit together a scratch version of what would later become a full episode of Finding Bigfoot. Animal Planet liked what they saw. They ordered a six-part series, and they wanted the Alaska shoot to be one of the episodes.


Cliff Barackman, Matt Moneymaker, Ranae Holland, Bobo,
and camera man Evan Stone on location filming Finding Bigfoot.

Fast forward to April 2011. Five full episodes of Finding Bigfoot had been filmed between February and the middle of March. The Alaska show would the the sixth. Around this time we were notified that we had to go back to Alaska to film again. So we did, and were up there during the second half of April, 2011.

Read the rest of Cliff's commentary, and more in general about Finding Bigfoot, at www.CliffBarackman.com.  

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Finding Bigfoot - "Alaska's Bigfoot Island" Video Debrief

Once again, I sit down with my trusty companion, Craig Flipy, to discuss the newest episode of Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot television series...  in a tree?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Finding Bigfoot - "Frozen Bigfoot" Video Debrief

I've been in the woods for a week or so, but in my absence this video came out. Perhaps you've seen it by now, but just in case you missed it...