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Taylor (Marin) Hodge

Video Systems Engineering Intern
Undergraduate Student
Florida State College of Motion Picture Arts

Tell us about your work/ research. What kinds of things do you do?

I am a filmmaker and have been making films since middle school. My craft has evolved greatly over time from making documentaries for my school, to writing and directing my own narrative films. Now I am attending film school working with my classmates and working together to tell stories that are important to us. I have always been attached to a good story and what those stories teach us. Growing up, that kind of film molded me into the person I am today and that is the type of art I seek to create. Art that holds your hand and guides you to discover new things about your life. Alongside this, I am a photographer as well. My favorite style is street photography because after every photo, I always have a story. I love getting to know people through my art, and getting to talk to people afterwards gives my work meaning.


What sparked your initial interest in your career?

My mom brought home a copy of Ponyo one afternoon and I was totally transfixed with what film was and what it could be. It gave me a place to escape to and learn about myself. After years of jumping around from the little worlds of different films, I knew that is what I wanted to do. Once I got a camera in my hands, I never let it go. I’ve always loved working with cameras and cinematography in general. Since then I have been capturing the world around me the best way I can. And for as long as I can remember I have been fascinated with the ocean and its infinite beauty, so when the opportunity came up where to combine my two biggest interests, I was ecstatic.


Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?

My family for fostering who I am not only as a person but as a creative as well. As well as my friends, without them I would not feel as confident and excited about what I do. Their support has driven me to places I would not have been able to get to on my own.

What element of your work/ study do you think is the most fascinating?

Definitely collaboration. I love working with other people and getting to hear stories about their life. Through my work I’ve gotten to know so many people and I think collaborating on art is one of the best ways to get to know someone on the most personal level. There is something so special and so sacred in the process of creating and working on a project with a group of dedicated individuals.


How did you get involved with Ocean Exploration Trust? How did you become part of the expedition team?

I came across the EVNautilus YouTube channel during COVID-19 and when I saw being an intern was something plausible, I eagerly waited until I could apply. I became a part of the team after doing an application to be a video engineer and I could not be more excited. It really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.


What other jobs led you to your current career?

Rather than a specific job, I have been surrounded by film my entire life. I attended a performing arts high school that transformed my path. Performing arts programs for creatives are just as important as any traditional educational program. They help in a multitude of ways and even in STEAM pathways. It gives us a platform to communicate and express just how much there is to love about our world. Without my high school I would not be where I am today. It taught me the importance of having my voice heard and reaffirmed how much I love what I do.


What are your degrees and certifications?

I am working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Motion Picture Arts Production at Florida State College of Motion Picture Arts.


What are your hobbies?

I like painting, photography, reading and watching movies. Any kind of art really!


What advice would you give someone who wants to have a career like yours?

To let your inner child coexist with you, no matter your age. A lot of people think that once we hit a certain age, our wonderment about our world goes away, but I think it is key to foster that childlike curiosity. Rather than growing out of it, grow with it. Stay curious and excited because the world always has so much to offer us.


Taylor (Marin) participated in the following Ocean Exploration Trust expeditions: