KEN BURNS ON MAKING A DOCUMENTARY

The late historian Stephen Ambrose once said, “More Americans get their history from Ken Burns than any other source.”

Burns’ signature style is evident in his making of the Baseball, The Civil War, Thomas Jefferson and Mark Twain. He has mastered what is now referred to as the “Ken Burns effect,” a panning and zooming effect using still images. The style adds motion and “life” to otherwise static content.