Welcome! 

I'm a creative director and video producer based in Ohio and Los Angeles. I help my clients tell their stories in powerful, authentic and funny ways. The goal is to not merely communicate with audiences, but resonate with them. It's an exciting time for video in general, where clients of all sizes can achieve much of the same production value as a cool ESPN documentary or big budget corporate video.

See some of my work below and be sure to send me an email if you have a project of your own you'd like to discuss. Thanks a lot for visiting.

Mike Yearling


Cristo Rey | Year One

Cristo Rey is an innovative new Catholic high school in Columbus that empowers kids from economically challenged families (and all faiths) to graduate from college. Their model is unique and compelling. While so many other schools teach to the latest test, Cristo Rey also sends kids into the work world with the help of major Columbus employers who pay the students' fees. These disadvantaged kids are essentially earning their own top education. This is their unfolding story.


Stone Brewing Company | #Stone2Cbus

#Stone2Cbus is a grassroots effort to help bring Stone Brewing Co. to Columbus, Ohio. We put together an informal delegation of regular citizens then flew across country to tell them face-to-face how much we loved Columbus. We met a certain someone in the lobby.


Kings Queens and In-Betweens | Documentary

KINGS, QUEENS, & IN-BETWEENS (to be completed this year) is a documentary I'm editing that follows drag queens, kings, and transgender performers in Columbus, Ohio, one of country's most vibrant drag scenes (go figure!). KQIB captures how these awesome performers tackle the complexities of gender expression, personal identity, and human rights — all with humor, great music, big hair, and duct tape. Go to the film's website to learn more.


Connect Your Care | Branding Video

Connect Your Care is a health savings provider at the forefront of the country's move to consumer-directed healthcare. Our challenge was to communicate their positioning in a way that was fresh and breakthrough in its simplicity. I was creative director and co-writer on this project through my association with Spin Pictures in Los Angeles.


An Open Letter to The Cleveland
Browns
from 10 Year Olds

My two daughters and I created this video during a sleepover and it got over a quarter million hits and was featured in USA Today, CNN, Fox, NBC, CBS and all over Cleveland media. Starring my youngest daughter Lucy (in the middle) and her two friends Caroline and Caitlyn. This is for you, Browns fans!


Ohio State Football | Pre-Game Video

The Ohio State Football team watched this video the night before the 2010 Michigan game, honoring the seniors. A friend and I conceived, directed, shot and edited it. They won the game.


The Gate | Show Pitch

The Gate is a TV show concept that I co-created, edited and pitched to NBC, ABC, Fox, USA, A&E and Bravo. Still in development.


Columbus City Schools | We Are Walnut Ridge

Think of every perception you have about Columbus City Schools or any urban school for that matter - the kids who go there, their parents, the teachers, whomever. Then watch this and see if it changes how you think. Over the course of a year, I worked with an extraordinary team of Walnut Ridge students to produce this piece.


Visa | Prepaid Government Cards

This Visa piece features the legendary voice of Morgan Freeman. I was creative director on this project through my association with Spin Pictures in Los Angeles.


Backstreet Cultural Museum | New Orleans

The Backstreet Cultural Museum and its founder Sylvester Francis are New Orleans treasures. After teaching a six month filmmaking class at The Ohio State University Newark, I traveled with the students to New Orleans to produce this fundraising video for the museum.

Coldwell Banker King Thompson | Mary Staebler

Mary Staebler is a top Columbus realtor who helps people find not just their home, but their sense of place.


Dennis Automotive | TV Spots

In a world where local competition wears monkey suits to sell their cars, sometimes you just need to take the high road.


OTHER WORK