Re: the term found-footage

From: Myron Ort (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Jun 07 2008 - 12:32:42 PDT

In my understanding "collage" is not the same as "found footage",
the first refers to how the footage was obtained, the second how it
was "constructed". You can, theoretically, collage out of material
that you yourself make.

What is the distinction between "collage" and "montage". Is a
montage of "stock footage" or so-called "found footage" necessarily a

Maybe the term "montage" is simply the cinematic equivalent of

Maybe the ambiguity of the term "collage" as here described led to
the term "found footage" to better describe a montage made from
material gathered from elsewhere, eg. a montage of "stock" footage,
or worse, an appropriation (and manipulation) of someone else's
footage out of context and with disregard to copyright
infringement. Granted, the approach provides a tempting short cut to
"surrealistic" and/or "dadaist" effects. When used above board, look
what this approach has done for "documentary" film, ala Ken Burns.
This now is what we have come to think of as indeed the
"documentary" film. Is there a better or more precise term for this
type of historical journalistic film??

Myron Ort

On Jun 7, 2008, at 9:31 AM, Marcel Schwierin wrote:

> Dear Frameworkers,
> does anybody knows when, where and by whom the term "found-footage"
> was invented, replacing the older term "collage" for those films?
> Thanx in advance for any hint,
> Marcel
> Marcel Schwierin ::: curator ::: filmmaker
> Chausseestr. 11 ::: 10115 Berlin ::: Germany
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