The Blair Witch Project.
Directors - Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez.
Three budding film makers go out to investigate the urban legend of the Blair Witch in a woodland near Maryland U.S.A. and document on film their findings on film. During their stay in the woodland they get lost never to be seen again. All that is left behind is what has been documented on camera and discovered in the woodland one year later.
The immediately successful aspect of this film that leaps out is the acting ability that comes from non actors. There is a feeling a sincerity that you rarely get even from the
Unfortunately the acting isn't enough to make this film a masterpiece, although it was ground breaking in many aspects, from the way in which it was filmed with the excess of shaky cam and the manner in which it was marketed, in the end it just seemed to be over hyped. The shaky cam documentary feel ending up in making the film one of the most nauseating experiences put to film.
Fig 1. The Blair Witch Project, DVD cover, 1999. http://www.gamexchanger.co.uk/images/B00004S8GT/main.jpg
Fig 2. The Blair Witch Project, Movie Still, 1999. http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowldc/files/2010/11/blair-witch-project-photo2.jpg
Fig 3. The Blair Witch Project, Movie Still, 1999. http://gordonandthewhale.com/the-blair-witch-project-ten-years-later/
The Blair Witch Project (1998), Film 4, [Online] avaliable at http://www.film4.com/reviews/1998/the-blair-witch-project [Accessed 21 February 2011]
The Blair Witch Project (1999), Time Out, [Online] avaliable at http://www.timeout.com/film/reviews/67979/the_blair_witch_project.html [Accessed 01 March 2011]