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The Hills are Asleep,
This review is from: A Night in the Woods [DVD] (DVD)
A few tips for budding 'found footage' film makers:
1. By the very nature of what you're doing you're ripping off THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. It isn't necessary to set up bits of your movie that directly copy scenes from the original films. Try to avoid ripped tents (also tents messed about by 'unseen' forces), and senseless screaming (both from your main characters and the 'disembodied screams in the night' variety)
2. Your cast are filming on camcorders. Do not therefore actually film on much better equipment as it spoils the illusion (unless you can disguise the professional camerawork to look like cheap camcorder footage).
3. Never forget who's doing the filming. If there's a scene where all three central characters are being filmed (ie the only ones supposed to be in the movie) and no-one has a camera in their hands, then someone else is filming. This is not good. Same advice applies in the 'action' scenes.
4. To paraphrase Steve Martin in TRAINS, PLANES AND AUTOMOBILES, have a bloody point to what you're doing. It makes it so much more interesting for the audience.
5. Not a great idea to have lots of different music over the end credits for a 'found footage' movie. The ending's bound to be a bummer. Let silence do the work for you.