Movies that are shot in order to resemble actual camera footage recovered from an event. They typically contain a fair bit of StylisticSuck, owing to the conceit that, in-universe, they are being filmed by people who aren't professional filmmakers. Of course a few might incur into FridgeLogic if all of a sudden different angles are being shown when it's supposedly just one camera. Another is why, when faced with all manner of horrors trying to kill them, the person holding the camera doesn't just drop it and run.

A large number of films using this approach tend to be horror movies; the approach lends itself nicely to low-budget filmmaking and positioning the audience right in the centre of creepy and terrifying events. The concept [[TropeCodifier initially 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 the written works of Creator/HPLovecraft were presented as "found manuscripts", reports, or other such things made to look like an actual first-hand account with the untold horrors.

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}}'' and ''Film/ProjectX'', 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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* ''Film/AlienAbductionIncidentInLakeCounty''
* ''[[Film/TheAmityvilleHorror The Amityville Haunting]]''
* ''Film/{{Apollo 18}}''
* ''Film/TheBay''
* ''Film/BehindTheMaskTheRiseOfLeslieVernon''
* ''VideoGame/BlackSnow'' the game's entire story is what [[PlayerCharacter Jon Matsuda]]'s camera recorded before "you" find it.
* ''Film/TheBlairWitchProject''
* ''Film/CannibalHolocaust''
* ''Film/{{Chronicle}}''
* ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}''
* ''Film/TheDevilInside''
* ''Film/DiaryOfTheDead''
* ''TheDinosaurProject''
* ''Film/EarthToEcho''
* ''Film/EndOfWatch''
** It's zig-zagged with EndOfWatch, since it heavily uses InUniverseCamera rather than solely using Found Footage
* ''Film/EuropaReport''
* ''Film/EyesInTheDark''
* ''Film/TheFourthKind''
* ''WesternAnimation/GetAHorse''
* ''Film/GraveEncounters''
* ''WebVideo/HallowedWorldly''
* ''Film/HomeMovie''
* ''HouseOfLeaves'' is a book about a review of a movie that used this. Except it was all true. [[MindScrew Maybe.]]
* ''Film/LakeMungo''
* ''Film/TheLastBroadcast''
* ''Film/TheLastExorcism'' (but not the sequel)
* ''Film/TheLostCoastTapes''
* ''Series/LostTapes'' (a TV series)
* ''Film/LuckyBastard''
* ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' (a web series)
** By extension, most video series set in Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos.
* ''Film/ManBitesDog''
* ''Film/MeganIsMissing''
* ''Film/MermaidsTheBodyFound''
* ''Film/NoroiTheCurse''
* ''VideoGame/{{Paranormal}}'' (a haunted-house investigation video game)
* ''Film/ParanormalActivity''
* ''Film/ThePoughkeepsieTapes''
* ''Film/ProjectX''
* ''Film/{{Quarantine}}''
* ''Film/{{REC}}''
* ''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/{{Tape 407}}''
* ''Film/TheTrollHunter''
* ''Film/TrashHumpers''
* ''Film/{{Undocumented}}''
* ''Film/{{VHS}}''
* ''Film/VHS2''
* ''Film/TheWeddingVideo'' (up until the end)
* ''Film/WillowCreek''
* ''Film/{{Windigo}}''
* ''Film/ZeroDay''
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