Paranormal Activity exec explains why most 'found footage' sucks

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Dec 17, 2012

The "found footage" style of filmmaking is a love-it-or-hate-it approach, but Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum has figured out why most people don't like it. Essentially? Because a lot of those movies shot as "found footage" shouldn't be.

In a great interview with, Blum talked about the style he and his team have brought back into the limelight with the Paranormal series.

Though it might look easy to just pop some cameras in the corners and let the script play out, Blum says found footage is actually a lot harder to shoot than a traditional movie. But with the style making waves these days, some filmmakers are trying to shoehorn "normal" movies into the low-fi style:

"In general, a found footage movie is harder to do than a traditional movie. I think for found footage the idea has to be an idea that can't be told any other way. So if I'm talking to a director and they say, 'I can do this found footage or I can do it traditional,' I'll encourage them to do it traditionally. Shooting a movie found footage causes more problems than it solves. It's very practical, it's not a creative thing. It seems like it would be easier, but it's much harder to do it well. That's a whole other interview, but if it's even a question, you shouldn't do it found footage."
Blum has a good point, and if you look at the genre as a whole, only a few films have truly used the effect for the better.

What do you think? Are you a found-footage fan?


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