Movies that are shot to resemble actual camera footage recovered from an event. They typically contain a fair bit of StylisticSuck, owing to the conceit that they are being filmed by people who aren't professional filmmakers.

A large number of films using this approach tend to be horror movies; the approach lends itself nicely to low-budget film-making and it positions the audience right in the center of creepy and terrifying events. The concept [[TropeCodifier became a sensation]] after ''Film/TheBlairWitchProject'', [[OlderThanTheyThink though it]] [[UrExample goes back to]] ''Film/CannibalHolocaust'' in TheSeventies, at least as a technique of film. In other mediums it goes back at least to the early 20th century. The majority of Creator/HPLovecraft's works were presented as "found manuscripts", reports, or other such things made to look like an actual first-hand account with the untold horrors. ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' was written in this style, the story being told through a number of diaries and newspaper articles giving the appearance that Bram Stoker had collected them to document the story.

The subgenre saw a resurgence in popularity starting at the end of the TurnOfTheMillennium within the {{horror}} genre thanks to the success of ''Film/ParanormalActivity''. Other recent, non-horror films utilizing the format include ''Film/{{Chronicle}}'', ''Film/ProjectX'' and ''Film/BestNightEver'', as well as the TV series ''Series/TheRiver''.

Compare {{Mockumentary}}, BasedOnATrueStory. See also ApocalypticLog, which lends itself nicely to this style of filmmaking.
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!!Examples:

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* ''Webvideo/AlanLong'' (a web series shot with found footage)
* ''Film/AlienAbductionIncidentInLakeCounty''
* ''[[Franchise/{{Amityville}} The Amityville Haunting]]''
* ''Film/{{Apollo 18}}''
* ''Film/AsAboveSoBelow''
* ''Film/{{Area 51}}''
* ''Film/TheBay''
* ''Film/BehindTheMaskTheRiseOfLeslieVernon''
* ''Film/TheBellWitchHaunting''
* ''Film/BestNightEver''
* ''VideoGame/BlackSnow'' the game's entire story is what [[PlayerCharacter Jon Matsuda]]'s camera recorded before "you" find it.
* ''Film/TheBlairWitchProject'' (The TropeCodifier for much of the genre.)
* ''Film/CannibalHolocaust''
* ''Film/CannibalInTheJungle''
* ''Film/{{Chronicle}}''
* ''WebVideo/ClearLakes44''
* ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}''
* ''[[Film/{{Creep2014}} Creep (2014)]]''
* ''Film/TheDevilInside''
* ''Film/DiaryOfTheDead''
* ''Film/TheDinosaurProject''
* ''Film/EarthToEcho''
* ''Film/EndOfWatch'': It's zig-zagged, since it heavily uses InUniverseCamera rather than solely using Found Footage
* "WebVideo/EndTimes" switches between found footage from the survivors and vlog-style commentary from the Archivist.
* ''Film/EuropaReport''
* ''Film/{{Evidence}}'' (Switches between traditionally-filmed scenes of police looking through crime scene footage and the footage itself.)
* ''Film/EyesInTheDark''
* ''Film/TheFourthKind''
* ''Film/TheGallows''
* ''WesternAnimation/GetAHorse''
* ''Film/GraveEncounters''
* ''WebVideo/HallowedWorldly''
* ''Film/HomeMovie''
* ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'' is a book about a review of a movie that used this. Except it was all true. [[MindScrew Maybe.]]
* ''WebVideo/TheIndianaJonesInterrogations''
* ''Film/IntoTheStorm2014'' (Mostly.)
* ''Film/LakeMungo''
* ''Film/TheLastBroadcast''
* ''Film/TheLastExorcism'' (but not the sequel)
* ''Film/TheLostCoastTapes''
* ''Series/LostTapes'' (a TV series)
* ''Film/LuckyBastard''
* ''Film/{{Lunopolis}}''
* ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' (a web series) By extension, most video series set in Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos.
* ''Film/ManBitesDog''
* ''Film/MeganIsMissing''
* ''Film/MermaidsTheBodyFound''
* ''Film/MrJones2013''
* ''Film/NoroiTheCurse''
* ''One Last Time'' (a song by Creator/ArianaGrande with the music video done by the writer of ''Film/{{Chronicle}}'' above)
* ''VideoGame/{{Paranormal}}'' (a haunted-house investigation video game)
* ''Film/ParanormalActivity''
* ''Film/ThePoughkeepsieTapes''
* ''Film/ProjectAlmanac''
* ''Film/ProjectX''
* ''Film/ThePyramid'' (At least in the beginning; the amount of found footage gradually decreases throughout the film until it's almost entirely traditionally-shot by the climax.)
* ''Film/{{Quarantine}}''
* ''Film/{{REC}}'' (At least up until halfway through the third film)
* ''Series/TheRiver'' (another TV series)
* ''Film/TheSacrament''
* ''Series/{{Siberia}}'' (framed as a RealityTV series)
* ''Film/{{Sinister}}'' mixes found footage with a traditional storytelling method as a framing device.
* ''Film/TheTakingOfDeborahLogan''
* ''Film/{{Tape 407}}''
* ''Film/TheTrollHunter''
* ''Film/TrashHumpers''
* ''Film/{{Undocumented}}''
* ''Film/{{Unfriended}}''
* ''Film/{{VHS}}''
* ''Film/VHS2''
* ''Film/VHSViral''
* ''Film/TheVisit''
* ''Film/TheWeddingVideo'' (up until the end)
* ''Film/WillowCreek''
* ''Film/{{Windigo}}''
* ''Film/WNUFHalloweenSpecial''
* ''Film/ZeroDay''
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