Jaeb512

Jaeb512

Fiction Writer | Animation Student | Mediocre Voice Actor | Amateur Musician

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What Makes A Found-Footage Film "Convincing"?

The sub-genre of movies known as "found-footage film" carries that unique sense of realism (brought about by shaky handheld cameras and lack of background music) rarely found in other films. With movies such as "The Blair Witch Project," "Chronicle," "The Gallows," and many others falling under this category, what makes some of these movies "better" than others? What sort of techniques have (or have not yet) been used to make these films feel valid/believable by an audience?

  • well, you have to look at the broader context. Consider the fact that The Blair Witch Project basically invented the found-footage subgenre and was an early example of viral marketing. That is probably why it feels so realistic-- no one had really done it before, at least not on the same level, and since then it's been extremely difficult to replicate, and I'd argue the only one that's done it successfully is Cloverfield, because it basically invented viral marketing as we know it today with the websites and social media pages for the characters. Seeing it replicated endlessly makes it less and less convincing. – sadiebritt28 3 years ago
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Jaeb512

I agree very strongly. Trailers shouldn’t be a highlight reel, but rather a glimpse into the movie’s story that should intrigue the viewer into going to see that movie (as said in the article).
Though it might be obvious/redundant to say, “Make us (the viewers) interested enough to see the story without giving away any surprises or major plot points.”
I’m not going to waste my time and/or money to watch a movie and fill in the story’s tidbits along with the main parts (already shown to me).
“Make me pay to see what I have not seen.”

Time to Trim Trailers? The Death of Surprise in Modern Hollywood
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I agree completely that the use of music in film is of great importance. From a minor touch that enhances a scene, to a film that revolves around the music itself, music-use in films (as well as video games and other media) is a great force that (I think) a great number of people take for granted too easily.

The Importance of Scoring in Films
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I recall watching “Carrie” for the first time (it was the 1976 version). Upon first impressions, I saw it more as “cool” rather than “scary,” probably due to a certain “car scene.” However, after refreshing myself, the story is much more thoughtful than I had previously viewed it as.
In my opinion, the main idea one can take from “Carrie” is that it shows that “the mind” is a powerful weapon that can give and take great force (whether it be thoughtful intentions of abusing an individual, the weight of undertaking such abuse, or potential psychic ability).

Carrie White: Horror's Most Relatable Anti-Heroine