11 Apr 2020

Ken Burns: doco director's epic histories

From Saturday Morning, 10:10 am on 11 April 2020

American documentary maker Ken Burns is best known for his sweeping, epic historical documentary series including The Civil War (1990), Jazz (2001), The War (2007), Prohibition (2011), The Roosevelts (2014), and The Vietnam War (2017). 

He’s earned two Academy Award nominations and is the winner of several Emmy Awards, among other honours. He even has a visual cinematographic technique named after him! The ‘Ken Burns Effect’ uses panning and zooming in the production process to embed still photographs into motion pictures to give them a more dynamic appearance.

Ken Burns

Ken Burns Photo: Supplied/Evan Barlow