Various thoughts from Ken Burns talk
- History is the best teacher
- The goal is to make a film that … “drops out of your head and into your heart.”
- Race is at the core of the American narrative
- “All of our films are made in the editing room”
Process: Reading, scholars, museums, archives, and interviews
- We’re 80-100 hour a week people.
- “Remove the arrogance we have about the past”
- “Good history is making you think it won’t turn out the way it did.”
- “The internet equalizes…”
- “Most of what we do is subtraction…(Analogy to syrup: forty gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup.)
- There’s no boundaries in music; WM quote: “Music as the art of the invisible”
- KB as conductor of huge orchestra.
- When something is going wrong: “Someone, somewhere, let something slide.”
- Note about teachers — “more about how to be a person than a filmmaker”
- Points at TJ and DoI: second greatest sentence in the English language.
- Laws of storytelling are the same, no matter what kind of film you’re making. (Difference between me and Spielberg is that he can make something up and I can’t.)