found footage

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found footage (uncountable)

  1. (film) Misplaced, forgotten, archived, or privately-owned motion picture recordings which document past events and which are subsequently rediscovered and made available for public viewing.
    • 2006 May 30, Joe Leydon, "One Day In People's Poland," Variety (retrieved 16 Oct 2012):
      Shrewdly mixing found footage, historical record and dramatized re-creation, One Day in People's Poland is an intriguing curio.
    • 2009 Dec. 1, Manohla Dargis, "Movie Review: Film ist a Girl & a Gun (2009)," New York Times (retrieved 16 Oct 2012):
      Austrian director Gustav Deutsch complicates this witty, deceptively simple formula with a wealth of found footage (material shot by others for other purposes) borrowed from film archives from around the world.
  2. (film) A motion picture, or a segment of one, photographed in the style of an amateurish or unedited documentary.