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There has long been a fertile connection between ethnographic filmmaking and new directions in fictional and documentary cinema. This was particularly true in the 1960s with the emergence of cinéma vérité, 'direct cinema' and the French Nouvelle Vague. Under the tutelege of Colin Young at the University of California at Los Angeles, these strands were brought together for a generation of film students, giving an important impetus to the development of visual anthropology. ("Colin Young, Ethnographic Film and the Film Culture of the 1960s")
When Colin Young was the Dean of Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles, he played a vital role in the establishment of the Film and Anthropology programme in the mid 1960s. Many of the early exponents of observational cinema trained on this programme or were associated in other ways with it. These film-makers included David and Judith MacDougall, Paul Hockings and Mark McCarty, David Hancock and Herb di Gioia. Later, when he moved back to Britain to become the Director of the newly created National Film and Television School, Young would once again create links between film and anthropology. This time it was the Film Training Scheme which was jointly run by the School and the Royal Anthropological Institute in the years 1984-1986. One of the beneficiaries of the scheme was the interviewer.
The interview will begin by exploring the origins of observational cinema in UCLA in the 1960s and consider its relationship with the Direct Cinema movement. Later it will move on to more general topics such as the contribution that anthropology can and has made to documentary and vice versa. Young was one of the first to formulate the principles of observational cinema. In the final part of the interview, Young will be invited to consider how it has stood the test of more than thirty years of practical film-making. ("The Film-maker-maker: A Conversation with Colin Young")
Over the years, Colin Young initiated several important ethnographic film programs that greatly influenced his students’ thinking, yet this pedagogical tradition has too rarely been followed up. Now that digital video allows almost universal access to making media, some of his teaching methods should be re-examined. If ethnographic film is to develop into a mature discipline, creativity and discipline are both necessary for making films in the "filmmaker" mode or for successful collaboration. Multimedia will demand new ways of using images and sounds. How we "run around" with the camera will determine the evolution of these new forms. ("Colin Young and Running Around With a Camera")