“Given that this trio of editors has chosen to give themselves the name “Wreck & Salvage,” it’s not surprising to find their body of work repeatedly raising the question of how we get value out of all the video footage that floods our lives. The sources W&S draw from are as varied as the internet: corporate news and commercials, internet memes, ephemeral daytime television, propaganda, archive footage, and plenty of amateur video, be it from youtube kids or soldiers serving in Iraq… W&S edits all this footage to look for ways to make it useful, either politically, socially, artistically, or all of the above.
All three members of W&S are comfortable with nearly any digital editing technique you could think of. But perhaps their most important contribution to online remixing is what they’ve accomplished with “farming” for footage. Some of their most powerful remixes are made up of extensively researched footage collections organized around various themes or subject matter… These exploratory remixes take the impulses of obsessive video-bin hunters and combine them with a movie editor’s insight to sculpt raw footage into rich, rewarding videos. These guys advertise themselves as Wreckers and Salvagers, and they make good on that promise.”