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Havent read his bio. And havent seen his latest piece. Only did quick research which did not yield an answer on this, so I am guessing in my conclusion down below.
Ken Burns is fanatically devoted to film vs digital, because film looks better than digital. To paraphrase another of his quotes: They will pry my cold dead fingers off of my movie camera, before I switch to digital.
He shoots in 16mm film.
Essentially he achieves his pan and scan effects in real time in a continuous take, using a 16mm motion picture film camera under the control of a motion control device, i.e., a manual process, not a digital one (although computers may control the motion). He does not do these effects with software (e.g., using digital key framing). If my camera is on a tripod in front of a photo on the wall and I zoom in to the picture, that would be a very poor mans version of how Ken Burns does it.
He is very driven to be authentic. Shooting in film does not rule out transferring to digital to produce green screen sandwiches. However, my guess is that the interviews are shot in surroundings carefully designed and assembled to be shot as they physically exist on the set, replicating/resembling the feel of a real background, rather than relying on green screening to achieve an authentic look. If he is really old school, he would also be editing on film. This would not be surprising although I dont know if it is the case.
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