What is “Of Social Creatures” ?
“Of Social Creatures” was founded by Caitlin Traylor to be a collection of her collaborative productions: documentary with a people focus. This name is also used on her YouTube channel where the films are uploaded. It was important to her to create an identity that would allow for collaboration with friends and anyone else who wanted to get involved with such projects. It is used as a way to experiment with different styles and subjects when telling stories.
Who is Caitlin Traylor?
Caitlin is a British, 19 year old documentary filmmaker who enjoys unwrapping the stories of others’. Fascinated by the ordinary, the subjects of her films often represent the ‘normal’ among us. We all posses unique habits, hobbies and talents, she believes, and is keen to highlight these.
The underlying themes aim to provoke thought about the way our society behaves and how we interact with one another. Positive thought is always a key feeling she wishes to promote in her films as well as entertainment.
What is her background in media?
Her first experience creating videos was when she was nine years old. Lucky enough to own an iPad equip with iMovie, she began to take it with her everywhere. Over the school holidays, she would stay a week with her grandparents who would take her on adventures to new green spaces, castles and manor houses. All the while, iPad in hand, she documented the trips and looked forward to showing her parents the finished video when she arrived home.
It was during this time that she noticed how relaxed her grandmother was in front of the camera; carefree and not at all self-conscious. When Caitlin started her first year of Creative Media (L3) in college, she was assigned to produce a documentary about whatever she desired. Based on her previous experience, she made the decision to stay with her grandparents for a few days and make her grandmother the focus of the film. The first time Caitlin showed her rough cut to the rest of the class, she was surprised at how vulnerable this felt. But after a positive response, she understood that the message being portrayed in this video was meaningful, and that was important to her.
Since then, she has created promotional content for The Performance House drama company in 2018 and then for Design Circle as part of their “My Perfect Metro” scheme in 2019. She also got a job as a street team member for her local radio station BridgeFm for a year along side her college studies. This lead on to a role as a Runner in the BBC’s scheme “It’s My Shout” working on a short film.
After completing her two year college course, it was clear to Caitlin that she wanted to pursue a career in media but was unsure of the most appropriate route. Because of this, she took a year out working part-time and saving money to purchase more up-to-date camera equipment. In January 2020, she spent a few days with Yeti Productions in Cardiff, participating in idea development discussions and doing research for current projects. It soon became clear that further education was the next step and that documentary was the area she wanted to develop the most.
What is her current situation?
Caitlin will begin studying Media Production in Bristol UWE in September 2020. She hopes to gain more knowledge of the different media sectors as well as developing her own personal style. Until this period, as part of Of Social Creatures, has made a short documentary series and plans to continue to make more. She has also started a blog as an outlet for her other interests along with creating a space for opportunity of media related discussion.