It was the shortest Ken Burns sequence in history.
The famously long-winded filmmaker, who was born in Brooklyn, talked shop with New York Times columnist Randy Kennedy at a fund-raising event for the Brooklyn Historical Society on March 10. They discussed Burns’s extensive body of work, which includes the 19-hour “Baseball,” the 19-hour “Jazz,” and the 11-hour “Civil War.”
They also talked about Burns’s current project, a documentary about Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Burns left the borough at a young age, but returned in the early 1980s to make his film about the Brooklyn Bridge, doing some research for the project at the Historical Society.
Burns is known for a cinematic technique that utilizes a moving crop to bring still images to life. It is commonly referred to as the “Ken Burns Effect.”