1. What makes a great story? For legendary filmmaker Ken Burns, the answer is both complicated and personal. In this short documentary about the craft of storytelling, he explains his lifelong mission to wake the dead. Recently featured on The Atlantic. (theatlantic.com/video/archive/2012/05/ken-burns-on-story/257165/)

    Directed by Tom Mason and Sarah Klein
    Music by Ryan Sayward Whittier
    Animation by Elliot Cowan

    Check out the sequel to this piece, George Saunders: On Story: vimeo.com/143732791

    Transcript for Closed Captioning
    Ken Burns On Story Transcription

    You know the common story is one plus one equals two, we get it. But all stories are really, the real genuine stories, are about one and one equaling three. That’s what I’m interested in.

    We live in a rational world where absolutely we’re certain that one and one equals two, and it does. But the things that matter most to us, some people call it love, some people call it God, some people call it reason, is that other thing where the whole is greater than the some of its parts, and that’s the three.
    Oh great story, they are everywhere. There are millions of them! Abraham Lincoln wins the Civil War and then he decides he’s got enough time to go to the theater. That’s a good story. When Thomas Jefferson said we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, he owned a hundred human beings and never saw the hypocrisy, never saw the contradiction, and more important, never saw fit in his lifetime to free any one of them. That’s a good story. You know the stories that I like to tell are always interesting because the good guys have really serious flaws and the villains are very compelling. My interest is always in complicating things.

    Jean Luc Goddard said cinema is truth 24 times a second. Maybe. It’s lying 24 times a second too, all the time, all story is manipulation. Is there acceptable manipulation? You bet. People say oh boy, I was so moved to tears in your film. That’s a good thing? That was, I manipulated that. That’s part of storytelling. I didn’t do it dis-genuinely, I did it sincerely, I am moved by that too, that’s manipulation. Truth is we hope a byproduct of the best of our stories and yet there are many, many different kinds of truths and an emotional truth is something that you have to build.

    I made a film on baseball once and it seemed to me that there was a dilemma for the racist of what to do about Jackie Robinson. If you were a Brooklyn Dodger fan and you were a racist, what do you do when he arrives? You can quit baseball all together, you can change teams, or you can change. And I think that the kind of narrative that I subscribe trusts in the possibility that people could change. I hope it’s a positive version of manipulation, but I do think that we do coalesce around stories that seem transcendent.

    I don’t know why I tell stories about history I mean there’s kind of classic dime-store Ken Burns wolf-at-the door things, my mother had cancer all of my life, she died when I was 11, there wasn’t a moment from when I was aware, two-and-a-half, three, that there was something dreadfully wrong in my life. It might be that what I’m engaged in, in a historical pursuit is a thin layer perhaps thickly disguised waking of the dead, that I try to make Abraham Lincoln and Jackie Robinson and Louis Armstrong come alive and it maybe very obvious and very close to home who I’m actually trying to wake up. We have to keep the wolf from the door, you know, we tell stories to continue ourselves. We all think an exception is going to be made in our case and we’re going to live forever, and being a human is actually arriving at the understanding that that’s not going to be, story is there to just remind us that it’s just okay.

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  2. IMDb: imdb.com/title/tt1687263/

    International Title: THE REFEREE
    Original Title: RÄTTSKIPAREN
    Documentary Short [28'30]
    Swedish w/ English Subtitles

    - What does it take to be a world class football referee? -

    Top football referee Martin Hansson had a successful journey towards his vision in life, the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Then one dark night in Paris on November 18th, 2009, all hell broke loose...

    "A very engaging dark chapter."
    Le Figaro (FR)

    "This is a gem of a documentary."
    The Guardian (UK)

    "This film is spectacularly intricate."
    USA Today (US)

    "A nail-biter with a stylish dramaturgy."
    Svenska Dagbldet (SE)

    "An excellent, entertaining and exciting movie."
    Dagens Nyheter (SE)

    "Hansson's story has meaning beyond football."
    Financial Times (UK)

    "A perceptive documentary ... a masterful portrait."
    The New York Times (US)

    Awards ...
    ° 2010 International Sport Film Festival in Palermo, Italy.
    ~ Best Football Film Award ~
    ° 2011 Istanbul International Sport Film Festival in Turkey.
    ~ Best Film Award ~
    ° 2011 L'Aquila International Film Festival in Italy.
    ~ Best Documentary Award ~
    ° 2012 Liberec International Sport Film Festival in Czech Republic.
    ~ Best Film Award ~
    ° 2012 Liberec International Sport Film Festival in Czech Republic.
    ~ Best Sport Personality Film Award ~
    ° 2011 Philadelphia Documentary & Fiction Film Festival in USA.
    ~ Best Documentary Film Award ~
    ° 2011 Philadelphia Documentary & Fiction Film Festival in USA.
    ~ Best Integral Realization Award ~
    ° 2011 All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival in USA.
    ~ Best International Short Documentary Film Award ~
    ° 2011 The Accolade Awards in San Diego, USA.
    ~ Award of Merit ~
    ° 2011 Festival du Cinema de Paris in France.
    ~ Meilleur Realisation Integrale Award ~
    ° 2011 San Francisco Short Film Festival in USA.
    ~ Best Editing Award ~
    ° 2010 Chicago Short Film Festival in USA.
    ~ Best Editing Award ~
    ° 2011 Festival du Film de Strasbourg in France.
    ~ Mention Speciale Award ~

    Nominations ...
    ° 2011 TRT International Documentary Awards in Istanbul, Turkey.
    ~ Best International Documentary Award ~
    ° 2011 Bermuda International Film Festival in Hamilton.
    ~ Best Documentary Award ~
    ° 2011 Zanzibar International Film Festival in Tanzania.
    ~ Best Documentary Award ~
    ° 2011 Festroia International Film Festival in Setubal, Portugal.
    ~ Man And His Environment Audience Award ~
    ° 2010 International Sport Film Festival in Palermo, Italy.
    ~ Best Editing Award ~
    ° 2010 Costa Rica International Film Festival in Montezuma.
    ~ Best Documentary Short Award ~
    ° 2011 Jaipur International Film Festival in India.
    ~ Best Documentary Award ~
    ° 2010 EdinDocs Documentary Film Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.
    ~ Best Documentary Short Award ~
    ° 2011 Cinefoot International Football Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
    ~ Best Football Film Award ~
    ° 2011 Chicago Irish Film Festival in USA.
    ~ Best Documentary Award ~
    ° 2011 Sport For Peace International Sport Film & TV Festival in Matera, Italy.
    ~ Best Television Production Award ~
    ° 2011 International Festival of Sport Films in Moscow, Russia.
    ~ Best Foreign Film Award ~
    ° 2011 I've Seen Films International Film Festival in Milan, Italy.
    ~ Best Short Film Award ~
    ° 2011 International Film Festival Ireland in Tipperary.
    ~ Best European Documentary Short Award ~

    Official Selection ...
    ° 2011 Warzaw Film Festival in Poland.
    ° 2011 Ankara International Film Festival in Turkey.
    ° 2011 Sport Movies & TV Milano International Ficts Fest in Italy.
    ° 2011 Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival in Doha, Qatar.
    ° 2011 Kicking & Screening Soccer Film Festival in New York City, USA.
    ° 2010 Canadian Sport Film Festival in Toronto.
    ° 2012 The Israeli International Sports Film Festival in Haifa.
    ° 2011 Nordic Lights Film Festival in Seattle in USA.
    ° 2011 11mm International Football Film Festival in Berlin, Germany.
    ° 2011 Mediteran Film Festival in Siroki Brijeg, Bosnia & Herzegowina.
    ° 2011 Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival in USA.
    ° 2011 Amsterdam Football Film Festival in The Netherlands.
    ° 2010 DocUtah International Documentary Film Festival in St. George, USA.
    ° 2011 International Short Film Night in Oslo in Norway.
    ° 2011 Chagrin Documentary Film Festival in Chagrin Falls, USA.
    ° 2011 Ljubljana International Short Film Festival in Slovenia.
    ° 2011 Reel Shorts Film Festival in Grande Prairie, Canada.
    ° 2011 Short Cuts International Film Festival in Helsinki, Finland.
    ° 2011 Festival de Cine de Granada in Spain.
    ° 2012 Move Film Festival in Umeå, Sweden.
    ° 2011 Short Film Festival of Los Angeles, USA.
    ° 2011 International Festival of Sports Movies in Saransk, Russia.
    ° 2011 Napoli Short Film Festival in Italy.

    Selection Committee Favourite ...
    ° 2011 Sapporo Short Film Festival in Japan.

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  3. main title sequence for AMC's 'Hell On Wheels', produced & created by Imaginary Forces. Editorial and sound design by Caleb Woods.

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  4. Here is my latest show reel, combing work primarily as an editor and motion graphic artist.

    I actually shot most of the video as well (including the underwater mermaid shots!).



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  5. As a music video, this film poetically shows a mechanical and industrial complexity of a craftsmanship who strives to work with an ethical “green”.
    Atelier Graphique Saint-Jean, Albi (France)
    Made with a FullHD device, with kinetic typography

    Sous la forme d’un clip musical, ce film montre de manière poétique la complexité mécanique et industrielle d’un artisanat qui s’évertue à produire suivant une éthique « verte ».
    Atelier Graphique Saint-Jean, Albi
    mixte FullHD / typocinétique

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