Originally launched on the Atlantic.com
A Film by Tom Mason and Sarah Klein
Executive Produced by Ken Burns
In this rare appearance as a documentary subject, George Saunders reveals the pitfalls of bad storytelling and explains the openness and generosity required to breath life into great characters. The film offers a direct look at the process by which he is able to take a single mundane sentence and infuse it with the distinct blend of depth, compassion, and outright magic that are the trademarks of his most powerful work.
Situated in an innovative and dreamlike visual world set to a lush original soundtrack by Antfood music, the seven minute film distills the magical essence of one of our most beloved writers into a work that will inspire old fans and Saunders newbies alike.
George Saunders: On Story is the second in the On Story short film series created by Redglass Pictures (redglasspictures.com). The first, Ken Burns: On Story, is viewable here: vimeo.com/40972394
To see some of our favorite parts that didn't make the film, check out these interview extras:
On the relationship between reader and writer: vimeo.com/147461984
On the tricks of the writing process: vimeo.com/147461982
In defense of darkness: vimeo.com/147461981
Transcript available here: docs.google.com/document/d/1cpHegIk-Aeeo9YlSrC9zM-_5O7afdN27AJAL_OvJzFg/edit?usp=sharing