Walter Winchell: The Power of Gossip

PBS American Masters unravels the life and times of radio commentator and syndicated newspaper gossip columnist Walter Winchell (portrayed by Stanley Tucci), who reached an audience of 50 million and pioneered the fast-paced, gossip-driven, politically charged journalism that dominates today.

In one sense this is a typical historical documentary, using interviews, old footage and photographs. But I tried to recreate Winchell’s tabloid style by working closely with the animator to incorporate dramatic movement, and by editing with much faster rhythms than is expected for the genre.