Chicago Producer/Writer: Austin Yoder

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The Blue Flash: A Midwest Coaster Story




Austin Yoder

A documentary “Producer/Writer” is the person responsible for organizing the raw interview footage into a entertaining story, and providing those notes to the editor so that he can edit that story together.

Hi everyone and thanks for joining us here at Exposing the Crew: A Place for Chicago-made Short Films!

This week’s ETC HIGHLIGHT is the short film The Blue Flash: A Midwest Coaster Story.

“When writing for documentary or reality you need to understand when to say ‘No’. To know what to remove, what to keep, and what order to put it in.” (Justin Jackola, Director at JJack  Productions).

When interviewing this week’s ETC EXPOSED crew member, Austin Yoder, I asked him about the technique or process he used when writing this film. Austin stated that “In documentary, the writer has a much different function than in a narrative film.  As opposed to dictating every word spoken or action taken, a documentary writer must look at all of the footage collected and piece the story together.  My process involved taping every bit of dialogue to a wall and re-arranging it until I felt it was in a cohesive and compelling order.”

The dialog from every interview is “transcribed” into text so that the Producer/Writer can organize the dialog without having the watch the footage over and over. The transcriptions are then passed on to the editor with the Producer/Writers notes on reordering.

This process is no easy task, but Austin was able to piece together a story that was different, fun, and entertaining.  Austin stated that “this film was a unique and fulfilling experience, unlike any I’ve had before”, and “I hope people are as inspired by him and his accomplishments as I am.”

This week’s ETC HIGHLIGHT was provided by Taylor University Student Film and Media Showcase.

Thank you for watching this week’s “EXPOSED” short film, and reading our new blog Exposing the Crew: A Place for Chicago-made Short Films!

See you next Tuesday!