SAN DIEGO, CA
Hello! My name is Rachel Taylor and I love what I do! I'm a minimalist filmmaker and photographer with an enthusiasm for nature and music. I graduated from UC Santa Barbara in June 2017 with a degree in Film and Media Studies. Though I focused on documentary filmmaking, I also have an undeniable love for Earth Science. Named after the nature conservationist Rachel Carson, my love for the natural world runs deeper than Earth’s inner core. I took countless Earth Science classes simply for the love of what I was learning and focused my creative efforts to be environmentally sustainable and educational. My dream is to someday visit Antarctica and aid in an artistic presentation of glacial studies.
My most prominent film work at University was Beelievers: a lighthearted documentary about beekeepers and colony collapse disorder in Santa Barbara and Carpentaria. Since graduating, I have focused on music via creative music videos in addition to more structured promotional videos for bands and record labels. As a one-woman film crew, I have experience in all aspects of filmmaking. From working on sets to run-and-gun documentary style shoots. I’ve been a camera operator, sound engineer, editor, director, you name it.
In addition to filmmaking, photography is also a love of mine. My work spans from landscapes of Patagonia back country to surreal portraiture with environmentalist undertones. I've been doing photography as a hobby for most of my life and my photos have been displayed in galleries such as the Glass Box Gallery in Santa Barbara & the Infinity on West Adams in Los Angeles. To see more of my work, check out my Flickr.
Since graduating and moving back to my hometown, I've engaged in podcast sound design, music video directing, filming, editing, as well as creating content for an independent record label and local chefs. Be sure to check out my sound design for the American Beauty Podcast, a poignant collection of stories and informative feminist outlooks by Joanna Brooks.
As of Fall 2018, I am diving back into the world of food. I have created short “Chef’s Table” style video vignettes for featured San Diego restaurants with Chef Meal Kits. I am also drumming up a new series of videos featuring location specific/ foraged dishes created by Chef Logan Kendall.
As of Winter 2019, I am looking for a full time position as well as focusing my efforts on long form content. I am currently saving money for and planning an environmental documentary that I wish to direct in 2021.
I am currently working for Timken Museum of Art, Topshelf Records, and creating freelance video content for local musicians. If you have any questions or wish to collaborate, feel free to contact me! I'm always looking to meet new people and create beautiful things. Resume and reel available upon request.