The Blair Witch Project by Peter Turner

By Peter Turner

Few movies have had the effect and impression of The Blair Witch undertaking (1999). Its arrival was once a horror cinema palette purifier after a decade of serial killers and postmodern intertextuality, a naked bones 'found photos' pattern setter. during this Devil's recommend, Peter Turner tells the tale of the movie from his perception and construction then offers a different research of the innovations used, their entice audiences and the subjects that helped make the movie such a global hit, together with the pionerring web marketing.

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What is particularly effective about the editing of The Blair Witch Project is how the editing gives the audience a sense of seeing everything that was shot while actually being a very carefully constructed film in the tradition of narrative filmmaking. indd 46 03/11/2014 15:17 The Blair Witch Project Heather and Josh film one another but who edited the footage together? Self-consciousness Another facet of the aesthetics of The Blair Witch Project, its self-consciousness, is tied into its mockumentary approach, its point of view camera and its often obvious editing.

So while we see from Michael Myers’ point of view in the extended opening shot of seminal slasher Halloween and his sister does indeed address Michael by looking into the subjective camera, the character is not acknowledging the presence of the camera but rather the presence of the character with whose point of view we in the audience have been temporarily aligned. Therefore the camerawork of The Blair Witch Project is often made up of point of view shots but these are different to the point of view, subjective shots of traditional cinematic experiences.

Indd 34 03/11/2014 15:17 The Blair Witch Project they are to an extent ‘being’ scared as opposed to acting scared thanks to the real directors’ method techniques. The contemporary acceptance of handheld camera work amongst film audiences can be traced back to the frequent use of it by New Wave filmmakers. The Blair Witch Project is itself intoxicated with the freedom provided by the handheld camera with characters that roam and run freely while filming. At the same time that Italian Neo-realist films were appearing, the American film noir The Lady in the Lake (1947) was released.

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