This is an odd sort of question (actually, it's a series of related questions), but I believe if anyone could answer it, some of the more talented fursuit builders here could.
In 1967, a suspected film of a sasquatch was shot in northern California. The "Patterson Film" has been a sore point for believers and skeptics alike because its relatively low resolution, 8mm clip shows just enough of what appears to be a sasquatch without showing any telltale signs to indicate that it is either real or a hoax.
I've found a copy of the film here, for the curious: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJIMbBcZgwc
My questions revolve around the "gorilla suit" theory. Some have claimed, owing to the visible, rippling musculature and the way the fur stays in place and doesn't sag or bag around knees and elbows, that it would be either difficult or impossible to create such a suit using materials available in 1967, and that it is definitely not one of the models of gorilla suits commercially available that year.
My questions are:
1. Does anyone know where to obtain reference material on commercially-available gorilla suits produced during that time period?
2. Does anyone know of a source for a 1960s-vintage, commercially produced gorilla suit?
2. Freeze the frame where the alleged sasquatch appears on screen the fullest, and look carefully at the form and movements... In your opinion, would the difficulty in creating a suit to similar specifications be more than a low-profile hoaxer could afford or would bother to produce?
3. In your opinion, could such a suit be created without materials available only in recent years (such as NFT brand stretch fur)?
4. Is the appearance of muscles that roll and ripple beneath the fur without binding or wrinkling possible?
I'm especially interested in the first and second questions because I happen to have a vintage 8mm camera of a type similar to the one Patterson used, and may be interested, in the future, in attempting to re-create the film in order to put the "five-and-dime gorilla suit" hypothesis to the test.
Sorry if this bigfoot thing is slightly off-topic! I promise I'll have pics of my new suit as soon as it's finished!
EDIT: The Wikipedia mentions that the camera in question was in fact not an 8mm camera but a Cine-Kodak K100 16mm camera; I do have a Cine-Kodak model K as well. Here is a freeze frame closeup, as found on Wikipedia: