On Making A Found Footage Film
Publisher: rodney cannon
After almost two decades the first guide dedicated solely to the making of a found-footage film has arrived.
In this book, you will be offered clear advice on how to write, direct and produce a quality found footage film. Advice coming from over half a dozen young filmmakers who are in post-production of their films as this book is being published.
On Making a Found Footage Film is more than a how-to guide it is a call to refocus and redesign a genre of filmmaking. To take if from a sub-genre of horror films into comedy, action, suspense and straight drama. There is no limit to what the found-footage film can become in the hands of inventive new film-makers.
It took almost a year to put this book together. I interviewed a number of filmmakers and watched over 200 found footage films during that time. The truth is that no one knows for certain how to make a great film in this genre. We are still at the trial and error stage. From Rec to The Visit to Cloverfield and recently Found Footage 3D this genre is still extremely young and all I have tried to do with this book is to spend time with a few filmmakers as they try to carve out rules of how these films should be made and to offer you the reader some simple advice. If you want to read about filmmaking there are better books. If you want reviews of films then that is another, but if you want an idea of what goes into making one of these films then this may be the book for you.
Lastly, I hope that you seek out the films shot by the filmmakers that I have interviewed in this book. You may be surprised by the quality of their work.