You may not have heard of the ‘Ken Burns’ Effect’, but you will have seen it in action every time you watch TV and many movies too.
It is a particular mode of zooming in on a specific detail and panning around and across a still image, such as an old archive photo, and using that motion to bring it to life. In video production terms, it is effectively bringing the past to life.
The technique predates Burns’ use of it, but he, as a documentarian, employs it on a wide scale.
He told the Daily Telegraph’s Benjii Wilson in an interview in October 2014 that Steve Jobs had rung him in 2002 to invite him to ‘see something.’ That ‘something’ was an effect to be included in all Macs from then on – their working title for it was ‘The Ken Burns’ Effect’
That is a great honour, to have something named after you!