In the early 1970s, John started to make a film about UFOs. He never finished it. It wasn’t too complicated; it consisted mostly of him speaking to the camera, with occasional shots of relevant books and photos. He shot it in regular 8mm, with magnetic sound, which was, unfortunately, a particularly difficult format. The rough cut has survived: it shows John, in some flamboyant ’70s fashions (he favored ruffles and paisley at the time), delivering his lines before a variety of backgrounds. Apparently the sound was hard to regulate, as his voice is recorded at different speeds, and occasionally drowned out by background noise.
I’m not sure where he planned to show it. It looks as if it was a lot of work. Perhaps he wanted a more elaborate version of one of his talks, something that he could show at conventions. It’s fairly unwatchable in its current state (unless there’s an unsuspected audience for mod Keel on helium); we’ll see if we can standardize the speed. Meanwhile, it does contain some interesting footage of James Moseley interviewing Woodrow Derenberger; I hope to post that online soon.
John also left a packet of script pages and index cards. Here, then, is the beginning, and one of the cards that he used while shooting.