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This year’s As Above, So Below and Earth To Echo proved that there was still life in found-footage movies yet and that the fundamentals of the sub-genre could be adapted to new corners of the film spectrum.

That being said, horror still remains the cornerstone of found-footage progress and without a number of rules it would become an almost redundant method of tension and scare tactics.

Therefore, we’ve put together some rules that filmmakers follow when tackling a found-footage movie.

Why the documenting?

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A documentary, a tortured soul looking to find an escape or otherwise, the bedrock of a found footage film comes in the form of why a handheld camera (or something similar) is being use in the first place.

Many horror movies have adapted the documenting of paranormal activity to their narratives, while films such as Chronicle have cleverly merged the likes of camcorders and security footage to present a refreshingly new approach to a much utilise filming technique.

Without this to kick off your film there is little progression and you may as well pack as your camera and head home.

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