See Article History Alternative Title: Burns spent his youth in Ann ArborMichigan, where his father was a professor at the University of Michigan. After graduating, Burns cofounded Florentine Films, a documentary film company, with cinematographer Buddy Squires and editor Paul Barnes. His first major project, Brooklyn Bridgegarnered an Academy Award nomination in the documentary category and set the tone for a productive career as a maker of films dealing with American history and culture.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts inand went on to be one of the co-founders of Florentine Films. He resides in Walpole, New Hampshire with his wife, Julie.
A key visual trait is the photographing of live-action material such as old houses, or battlefield locations during the low sunlight of dawn or dusk.
As a result, much of the original filmed material in a typical Ken Burns documentary contains a distinctive orange ethereal coloring.
In a review of Burns's work, the online journal Salon.
For example, in a photograph of a baseball team, he might slowly pan across the faces of the players and come to rest on the player the narrator is discussing. This effect, present in many professional and home software applications, was affectionately named "The Ken Burns Effect " in Apple Inc.
It also figures in the 6th-generation iPod interface in the cover art of the main menu.
Of Burns's many film series, The Civil War is generally considered to be his masterpiece. It is narrated by Pulitzer Prize -winning author David McCulloughwith Burns serving as director, producer, co-writer, chief cinematographer, music director and executive producer.
The nine episodes explore the Civil War through personal stories and photos. During the creation of the movie Burns filmed thousands of archived photographs.
The Civil War has been seen by more than 40 million people. The War, 15 hours in length and seven years in the making, tells the story of the Second World War from the personal perspective of the men and women from four geographically distributed American towns: Airing in the fall ofit was the most watched series in the last ten years on PBS.
America's Best Idea was a documentary initially broadcast on PBS that explored the history of America's national parksalong with in-depth views of the people who helped create and influence the parks and park policies.Films Media Group, an Infobase Learning Company, is the premier source of high-quality academic streaming video and DVDs for schools, colleges, and libraries.
Jazz, a film by Ken Burns, harnesses the power and joy of this uniquely American art form, sculpting a celebration of the music, the musicians, and jazz's impact on the world. In sheer scope, nothing in the history of the jazz documentary comes close to matching it/5(8). In , having a blast playing with a big band made up of students from Thelonius Monk's Institute of Jazz, outdoors, surrounded by the gorgeous mountains of Aspen Snow Mass, I was thinking how much I wanted to create a smaller band that would have the same power of a big band, but with so much more room in it for each musician to shine.
Obviously Ken Burns knows that he can’t fit the last thirty-nine years of jazz history onto two hours of video tape, so from the outset, that shouldn’t be expected. There’s an excellent biography of John Coltrane, and footage of Miles Davis’ wonderful mid-‘60s quintet.
Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns is an exploration of one of the defining art forms of America. From Duke Ellington to Louis Armstrong, Jazz traces the people and cultures of the music from its very origins in New Orleans.
Following its progression through two World Wars, a Great Depression, and economic. Hi friends! I just would like to let everyone know this is not a Ken Burns page that was started by Ken Burns. It is a fan page. I love his documentaries and especially the Jazz series.