“We are all famous to a few people”
– I can’t just going around ripping out people’s throats
and killing people with staple guns!
– That would be awesome!
– Yes, it would be awesome, but I can’t do it here!
(I Am Tim)
[Part 1: comedies here. Part 3: dance, noir, western here]
Mockumentary and found footage should be considered styles (or techniques) more than genres, but their consistent use has ended up generating independent sub-genres with more or less strict distinctive features.
Mokumentary can also be seen as a blended genre itself, being sort of a scripted fictional documentary. While found footage has come to be defined (by its use, again) as a kind of dramatic and usually horror genre, so mixing it with less usual ones, like comedy, can give the feeling of a cross-genre work.
All these elements makes them eligible for the inclusion in our little exploration of the genre blending practice in web series.
By the way, as I said mockumentary and found footage are styles; as such, they can be employed for stylistic needs, as an aesthetic resource, avoiding any concern to mimic a real cameraman’s behavior as realistically as possible but, instead, recurring to the hand held cam just to gave “that feeling” and cheating in editing and direction whenever their sense of (or laziness in) style suggest them it’s a good idea, for the sake of spectacularity. Personally, I don’t like this approach; but the world’s audiences don’t seem to care that much. Continue reading “Blending genres in web series (2): mockumentaries and found footage”