Glitched Video and/as Found Footage

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My article "Glitched Media as Found/Transformed Footage: Post-Digitality in Takeshi Murata’s Monster Movie" on the relationship between glitched videos and found footage is now available in Found Footage Magazine #3.

In 1981, former Beatle Ringo Starr co-starred with Dennis Quaid and Shelley Long in Caveman (Carl Gottlieb), a comedy feature that is notable for being performed entirely in caveman basic—a language of nonsense words and grunts explained in a flyer given to the audience at the premiere. It takes place in a fantasy past—the year one billion B.C. on October 9—populated by a variety of mythic terrors that include a dinosaur, hallucinogenic berries and a yeti. Shots of this yeti are the foundation for Takeshi Murata’s Monster Movie (2005). Organized as a series of looped shots, this glitch video introduces errors into the compressed video file. Glitched videos are made by employing different compressions and file types to achieve the same variety of results that different film stocks and photographic techniques provided to celluloid throughout the history of film production.

Monster Movie is an early example of the glitch process called datamoshing that involves the removal of data from digital videos compressed using the MPEG-1 format, resulting in characteristic smears of color and residues from the original image on screen.

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