Thursday, September 17, 2009

Ken Burns is a Visual Communicator

There are those who make films as an art form, others for popular culture, and still others for design. Ken Burns (right) makes films as basic visual communication -documentary films.

THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA'S BEST IDEA is a six-episode series showing on PBS in September directed by Ken Burns and written and co-produced by Dayton Duncan.

Filmed over the course of more than six years at some of nature's most spectacular locales — from Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, the Everglades of Florida to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska — THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA'S BEST IDEA is a story of people: people from every conceivable background — rich and poor; famous and unknown; soldiers and scientists; natives and newcomers; idealists, artists and entrepreneurs; people who were willing to devote themselves to saving some precious portion of the land they loved, and in doing so reminded their fellow citizens of the full meaning of democracy. It is a story full of struggle and conflict, high ideals and crass opportunism, stirring adventure and enduring inspiration - set against the most breathtaking backdrops imaginable.

Ken Burns is such a powerful visual communicator that a slide show feature of iPhoto (an effect where you can pan or zoom on a still photo to give the effect of motion) is called the Ken Burns Effect.

Click on the heading above to go to the PBS site for the 12 hour series.

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