Use in commercial film
Historical found footage is often used in documentary films as a source of primary information, giving the viewer a more comprehensive understanding of the subject matter. Director and cinematographer Ken Burns is famous for his use inclusion of archival footage in his films. Baseball (1994), his documentary television series for PBS, incorporates historical footage accompanied by original music or actors reading relevant written documents.
Often fictional films imitate this style in order to increase their authenticity, especially the mockumentary genre. In the dramatized and embellished documentary-style film F For Fake (1975), director Orson Welles borrows all shots of main subject Elmyr de Hory from an old BBC documentary, rather than fabricating the footage himself.
Stuart Cooper's Overlord uses stock footage of the landing on Normandy during World War II to increase realism. The footage was obtained from the Imperial War Museum in the UK. Other parts of the film were shot by Cooper, but using old WWII-era film stock with WWII-era lenses.
Music video and VJing
A certain style of music video makes extensive use of found footage, mostly found on TV, like news, documentaries, old (and odd) films etc. Prominent examples are videos of bands such as Public Enemy and Coldcut. The latter also project video material during their stage show, which includes live mixing of video footage. Artists such as Vicki Bennett, also known as People Like Us, use Creative Commons archives such as the Prelinger Archives.
- Martin Arnold
- Craig Baldwin
- Dara Birnbaum
- Abigail Child
- Bruce Conner
- Joseph Cornell
- Guy Debord
- William Farley
- Péter Forgács
- Barbara Hammer
- Ken Jacobs
- Matthias Müller
- Vivian Ostrovsky
- Paul Pfeiffer
- Luther Price
- Phil Solomon
- Chick Strand
- System D-128
- Peter Tscherkassky
- René Viénet
- Experimental film
- Found Footage Festival
- Mashup (video)
- Montage (filmmaking)
- Music video
- Vietnam in HD, in which thirteen Americans retell their stories in Vietnam paired with found footage from the battlefield
- WWII in HD, in which twelve American service members retell their stories in WWII paired with found footage from the battlefield
- Null, Christopher (12 February 2005). "F for Fake". filmcritic.com. Retrieved 23 March 2011.
- The Criterion Collection: Overlord by Stuart Cooper
- Maggie Shiels, Unlocking the copyright culture, BBC News website, June 24, 2002. Accessed June 24, 2008.
- Cut: Film as Found Object in Contemporary Video, Stefano Basilico, Milwaukee Art Museum 2004.
- Found Footage Film, Cecilia Hausheer, Christoph Settele, Luzern 1992, ISBN 3-909310-08-7
- Films Beget Films, Jay Leyda, London, George Allen & Unwin 1964.
- Recycled Images: The Art and Politics of Found Footage Films, William C. Wees, Anthology Film Archives, New York: 1993. ISBN 0-911689-19-2
- Found Footage Films and videos Video Channel
- The Recycled Cinema
- Cartographie du Found Footage by Nicole Brenez
- Remontando el siglo XX by Enrique Piñuel Spanish Found Footage Filmmakers (Spanish)