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I haven't listened to it yet, but I'm surprised if Sol says he dislikes found footage films since he was championing The Dirties
and Operation Avalanche
a lot last month in the Canadian challenge.
So ... do you agree with Sol?
No, but I won't be dying on the opposing hill anytime soon.
What is your relationship with Found Footage? Is it a subgenre you get excited about, tend to seek out or perhaps you find mostly disappointing and overused?
Most people think of horror films when it comes to found footage, but I think only one of the films I've seen might count as horror. So I haven't seen the typical examples used. Aside from Blair Witch
and the Paranormal Activity
film, sequels, and knockoffs, I'm not really aware of what found footage films are out there. I have a vague interest to see the two aforementioned films, but I'm more curious than excited about them.
What are the advantages of found footage films to you (if any)? Can Found Footage do things other genres can't?
Make a film on a low budget that has a plausible reason to look low budget. It can be a great way for filmmakers with great ideas to showcase their talent without relying on heavy CGI or other expensive things (which might be why horror films use it, since they can avoid showing the monsters for most of the film).
Are there inherent flaws or weaknesses in the Found Footage subgenre (for instance being the worst thing to happen to cinema)?
Everything needs to be seen through in-film cameras, which can hinder what is shown or make the characters do unrealistic things in order to capture something on film for the movie.
How come it took so long until FF became popular as the first film is from 62 (The Connection) and the major boom was in the 00s. Does it mainly come down to cheaper video cameras and advancing technology?
Probably. I think digital handheld camcorders were the main reason. They were introduced in 1992 and became popular (and relatively inexpensive) after 1995, so it took less than four years for the first big found footage hit to come around, which is pretty quick IMO.
Why did Found Footage films become as popular as they were and why did the trend die down?
Not sure, and don't really care.
Do you think we'll see a resurrection of big Found Footage films and if so, what would it take?
Does Found Footage have untapped potential? Would you like to see it used in different ways and contexts?
My unfounded (pun intended) impression is that found footage horror films primarily employ jump scares, which I loathe - I'd like to see more non-horror films try and creatively employ this filmmaking method.
Would you like to see Wes Anderson try his hand at Found Footage?
No. I'd rather he work on The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders
(with the original SNL cast)
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For context, I've only seen 6 found footage films, and perhaps I use the term too loosely. For me, a found footage film is one that exclusively/primarily relies on in-universe cameras to tell the story to the audience, usually personal camcorders, security footage, and media footage.
1. 8.0 - District 9 (2009) - I'm pretty sure all of this film is found footage, not just the beginning, but it's been a while since I saw it and don't rightly remember
2. 7.6 - Chronicle (2012)
3. 7.6 - Cloverfield (2008)
4. 7.6 - Ma vraie vie à Rouen [The True Story of My Life in Rouen / My Life on Ice] (2002)
5. 7.2 - The Dirties (2013)
6. 6.2 - Into the Storm (2014)
I liked the first four (alien scifi, superhero scifi teendiary, monster scifi, and coming-of-age teen videodiary), had problems with the fifth (teen videodiary, see LB review here for more
), and didn't care for the last one (disaster teen videodiary).
There were some really great moments in the first three films that utilized the found footage concept really well, I think, and perhaps all three merit a rewatch.
The French film was nice, and is also the earliest found footage film I've seen, and focuses more on character development than anything else.
The last two had good concepts, but missed the mark for me, especially the last one - it's like it used the "made by teens" crutch to explain away poor plot and mediocre acting.