Welcome! 

I'm an Ohio-based creative director and video producer. I help my clients tell their stories in authentic, powerful, and humorous ways. If you were to ask me about my style, I think it's that I strive to capture people's work lives in ways that resonate with audiences. It's a different age we live in now, where old-school marketeering is giving way to meaningful real-world storytelling with much of the same power and 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 brainstorm. Thanks a lot for visiting!

Mike Yearling


FEATURED PROJECTS

Mary Staebler, Coldwell Banker King Thompson

Mary is a top Columbus realtor who truly understands the meaning of place in our lives.


An Open Letter to The Cleveland
Browns from 10 Year Olds

This is for you, Browns fans! My two daughters and I created this video on a whim 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.


Visa

This Visa piece features the legendary voice of Morgan Freeman. I was creative director on this project working with producer and friend Betsy Parker at Spin Pictures in Los Angeles.


We Are Walnut Ridge Columbus City Schools

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, etc. 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.


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.


Backstreet Cultural Museum in 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.


OTHER WORK