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Ken Burns on Telling Stories About History

Ken Burns, director of the engrossing and unsettling The Central Park Five explains in this video what draws him to telling stories about the past and what storytelling really means. Three of his key points are:

  • When you have truly great characters, the good guys have flaws and the villains are compelling – you then subject them to storytelling
  • Storytelling is telling lies at 24 times per second –  which is a positive thing
  • In “in genuine stories 1+1 = 3”- the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and you have to build an emotional truth.

Ken Burns: On Story from Redglass Pictures on Vimeo.


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