Since its 2017 debut, Ken Burns’s The Vietnam War has enthralled over 39 million viewers by painting an intimate and revealing portrait of history. In this online film class, learn how Ken captivates audiences with his ability to distill vast research and complex truths into compelling narratives. From first treatment to final edit, Ken teaches his documentary filmmaking techniques that “wake the dead” to bring their stories to life.
Class Trailer Class Sample 1. Introduction 2. What It Takes 3. Choosing Your Story 4. Finding Your Story Within The Subject 5. Telling A True Story 6. Treatments, Pitching, and Funding 7. Structuring a Documentary Narrative 8. Sourcing Archival Materials 9. Shaping Nonfiction Characters 10. Case Study: The Vietnam War Episode Boards 11. Writing a Script 12. Visual Storytelling: Cinematic Techniques 13. Visual Storytelling: Unforgivable Blackness Case Study 14. Selecting Interview Subjects 15. Conducting an Interview 16. Case Study: Navigating a Challenging Interview 17. Nonfiction Cinematography 18. The Power of Music 19. Editing: Process 20. Editing: Principles 21. Editing Case Study: The Vietnam War Introduction 22. Recording and Using Voice Over 23. Sound Design 24. The Artist's Responsibility 25. Sharing Your Film 26. Jump The Chasm