PhD candidate in Literary Studies, dissertating on discursive identity development across an evolving media landscape.
Junior Contributor I
Analyzing the emergent subgenre of Found Footage Horror/Sci-Fi
Found footage, especially of the horror and sci-fi varieties, has only become more prevalent as tech advancements have put cameras in everyone’s pockets. Assuming that the trend won’t be reversing anytime soon, what then are becoming the tropes, the customs, the standard structures of found footage narratives? What are some of the questions engendered by the form? For instance, how is the viewer cast in the narrative? In what way is that narrative built to intersect with material reality? Given the nature of the story, what other narrative hands must be at work to get it to us? What sets found footage apart from forms like mockumentary or fictional news broadcast? What elements unify all these types?