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26th Apr '18 9:57:36 AM jamespolk
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* ''Film/IAmJoaquin'': Used nonstop from the beginning to the end, in a 20-minute short film about the history of the Chicano people and their culture. There is no live footage in the movie, just 20 minutes of still photographs, with the camera panning and zooming to bring the photos to life.
28th Mar '18 11:00:39 AM jamespolk
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* ''Film/WhenWeWereKings'': We see a grainy newspaper photo of reporters George Plimpton and Creator/NormanMailer, staring in open-mouthed astonishment. The camera then zooms out to reveal that it's a picture of George Foreman tumbling to the ground as he's knocked out by UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli.
19th Mar '18 11:48:18 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Film/InTheRealmsOfTheUnreal'', a documentary about reclusive folk artist [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Darger Henry Darger]], uses this effect on the illustrations of Darger's enormous magnum opus to life. As the film goes on, it increasingly animates the still images to bring them to life.
3rd Mar '18 9:23:41 PM jamespolk
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* Ken Burns was the TropeCodifier with ''The Civil War'', which was all photos and TalkingHeads, but he uses it in all his documentaries, starting with ''Film/BrooklynBridge'' (1981), continuing on through ''Film/TheStatueOfLiberty, ''The Civil War'', and others, and including projects such as ''Prohibition'', ''The War'', and ''Series/TheVietnamWar'' that have plenty of live-action footage.

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* Ken Burns was the TropeCodifier with ''The Civil War'', which was all photos and TalkingHeads, but he uses it in all his documentaries, starting with ''Film/BrooklynBridge'' (1981), continuing on through ''Film/TheStatueOfLiberty, ''Film/TheStatueOfLiberty'', ''The Civil War'', and others, and including projects such as ''Prohibition'', ''The War'', and ''Series/TheVietnamWar'' that have plenty of live-action footage.
3rd Mar '18 9:23:23 PM jamespolk
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* Ken Burns was the TropeCodifier with ''The Civil War'', which was all photos and TalkingHeads, but he uses it in all his documentaries, starting with ''Film/BrooklynBridge'' (1981) and including projects such as ''Series/TheVietnamWar'' that have plenty of live-action footage.

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* Ken Burns was the TropeCodifier with ''The Civil War'', which was all photos and TalkingHeads, but he uses it in all his documentaries, starting with ''Film/BrooklynBridge'' (1981) (1981), continuing on through ''Film/TheStatueOfLiberty, ''The Civil War'', and others, and including projects such as ''Prohibition'', ''The War'', and ''Series/TheVietnamWar'' that have plenty of live-action footage.
18th Feb '18 3:32:13 AM NESBoy
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* [[http://youtube.com/LcIj7dHIss0 This video]] describing [[https://twitter.com/TVsCarlKinsella/status/955767884634083328 a viral tweet]] uses this presentation, but bizarrely, instead of a variety of ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' screenshots, there is only a screenshot of the family looking across a railing from the episode "Fland Canyon". What's even more odd is that it keeps zooming into the same specific area of the screen (the top right), with the exception of one iteration at 0:20, which awkwardly zooms into Homer's crotch instead.
5th Feb '18 9:01:47 PM jamespolk
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** ''Four Days in November'', a 1964 theatrical release, uses this when showing stills.

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** ''Four Days in November'', ''Film/FourDaysInNovember'', a 1964 theatrical release, uses this when showing stills.
31st Jan '18 11:01:46 AM jamespolk
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* 1973 Manson Family documentary ''Film/{{Manson|1973}}'' is an example of this effect from well before Ken Burns started making movies. Not only did the filmmakers pan and zoom with still photos, they also moved photos around the screen.
29th Jan '18 11:05:45 PM jamespolk
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* Used extensively in ''[[Film/{{Amy 2015}} Amy]]'', possibly because that film eschews another documentary trope, TalkingHeads. One particularly chilling instance has a Ken Burns pan on a grainy photo of Music/AmyWinehouse suddenly freeze as her friends talk about her first overdose.

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* Used extensively in ''[[Film/{{Amy 2015}} Amy]]'', ''Film/{{Amy|2015}}'', possibly because that film eschews another documentary trope, TalkingHeads. One particularly chilling instance has a Ken Burns pan on a grainy photo of Music/AmyWinehouse suddenly freeze as her friends talk about her first overdose.


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* Used sparingly in ''Film/TroubleTheWater'', one example being a slow zoom onto a photo of Scott Roberts' grandmother, as he talks about how she died in Hurricane Katrina when the doctors and nurses at her hospital abandoned her and the other patients.
13th Jan '18 11:01:06 PM jamespolk
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* Ken Burns was the TropeCodifier with ''The Civil War'', which was all photos and TalkingHeads, but he uses it in all his documentaries, starting with ''Film/TheBrooklynBridge'' (1981) and including projects such as ''Series/TheVietnamWar'' that have plenty of live-action footage.

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* Ken Burns was the TropeCodifier with ''The Civil War'', which was all photos and TalkingHeads, but he uses it in all his documentaries, starting with ''Film/TheBrooklynBridge'' ''Film/BrooklynBridge'' (1981) and including projects such as ''Series/TheVietnamWar'' that have plenty of live-action footage.
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