Thanks to the zillion-plus hours of weird old movies and TV shows on the internet, found footage - the art of rediscovering, reusing and recontextulising old video- is everywhere.
Cinema magpies have been making found films for years. Joseph Cornell was banging this stuff out in the 1930s and everyone from Orson Welles to Woody Allen has had a go since. But music video might be the perfect home for this technique. Here are some recent favourites.
Even though everyone now knows the once mysterious Summer Camp is Jeremy Warmsley and Elizabeth Sankey, and not say, the musical sideline of beach-bronzed Moomins, I'm glad they've used found footage for this video. It's the perfect visual accompaniment to their sunny, nostalgia-fuelled awesomeness.
The trashy VHS footage used in this video for Berlin resident, Nightshifters boss and all round good dude, DJ Donna Summer utlises the most powerful tool in the found footage arsenal: synchronisation. This is how you make videos for dance music. This or glamour models with power tools.
In the build up to the release of his amazing Dagger Paths LP, the fantastic Forest Swords released this triptych of videos. They are all amazing. Watch them all then get the album from Olde English Spelling Bee. (Also if you like these videos, check out the OESB blog, they are the kings of this kind of thing.)
Elsewhere on Pinglewood:
I'll Build You A Kingdom - Young Prisms on Tokyo's finest label, Big Love.