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Ken Burns: My First Big Break

When you hear a letter written by Thomas Jefferson being read by actor Sam Waterston or see a photograph showing the intensity in the eyes of a Civil War soldier, you know you’re watching a Ken Burns documentary.

In this episode of My First Big Break, the iconic filmmaker tells the MediabistroTV crew how he channeled his feelings of humiliation into his first masterpiece on the Brooklyn Bridge and reveals how his mother’s death sparked his need to bring the dead back to life, shaping the style we know today as the “Ken Burns Effect.”

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Angry Birds Gets Civil War Doc Makeover

“Angry Birds,” one of the most addicting iPhone apps ever created was given the Ken Burns treatment by Kansas City-based web developer Chris Riebschlager.

When not occupied by doing digital work for McDonald’s and Hostess, His idea for the video came out of hypothetical war letters Riebschlager posted on his blog, eventually giving way to “Letters From the Frontline” with Riebshlager himself providing all of the voice work. Admittedly, he is not a professional VO actor, which is probably why all of the birds sound the same. Still, isn’t it comforting to know that there are people out there as addicted to certain cell phone games as you are?

No longer do you have to feel self-conscious for being the only one of the bus/train looking busy texting but actually just throwing bird projectiles into pig-made fortresses. You’re not crazy, at least not as crazy as that guy from Kansas City who made a whole video about it, or at least not as crazy as I am for penning an entire orchestral composition devoted to “Bubble Breaker.”

SF Copywriter Tries to Mimic Ken Burns in ‘Coffee Wars’ Doc

Yes, the mournful music, narrative and visuals in this four-and-a-half-minute clip are parodying Ken Burns‘ epic documentaries, but we can’t help but be reminded of the gang wars sketch from Chappelle’s Show featuring Mos Def instead. This ditty comes to us from writer Ken Grobe, who’s currently the managing editor of Want Magazine but spent three years as a CW during the early aughts at what was then known as Foote Cone Belding and served as a senior copywriter for a couple of years at OgilvyOne among other shops.

We’re thinking this sketch called “Coffee Wars” tries a bit too hard to bust out the funny (Jimmy Kimmel did it better), but the effort isn’t completely wasted and there are some amusing moments. Apparently, San Francisco hipsters and the like really love their cup o’ joe, hence starting a turf war while name-checking the likes of coffee shops like Ritual Roasters and Peet’s.

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