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Q&A with WIFT-T award winner Heidi Tao Yang

McClung’s Magazine blogger Nancy Barnett interviews Heidi Tao Yang, winner of the 2011 CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship at WIFT-T’s Crystal Awards on Dec. 5.

McClung’s Magazine blogger Nancy Barnett was invited to attend the Crystal Awards on Dec. 5 held at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel. The 24th annual gala luncheon hosted by the not-for-profit Women in Film and Television Toronto Division (WIFT-T) recognizes and celebrates the achievements of women and men in film, television and digital media. Here, she sits down with Heidi Tao Yang, winner of the 2011 CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship, the third of six interviews with winners and the women behind WIFT-T to come at McClungs.ca.

By: Nancy Barnett

Feature image via Nancy Barnett.

An emerging producer, Heidi Tao Yang, has already received critical success for the short film she co-produced, One Night, winner of the Silver Award for best short film at WorldFest Houston in 2010. She has also produced several short films and was the associate producer for the TV documentary series Rescue Mediums that aired on the W Network.

Tell us about your path to get where you are today?

I am a Ryerson alumnus. I studied business first. I knew almost immediately that I didn’t want to do business as a career but I stuck it through and I graduated, knowing accounting really does come in handy though. From Ryerson, I went to Humber College for their film and television production program, which I found really practical because they taught how to do things instead of why to do things. After that, I went to the Canadian Film Centre for their Producer’s Lab. It was amazing.

Are you interested in branching into feature films?

I have a couple that I’m working on. For the last few years, I’ve been working in television documentary and now I’m trying to step out of it and do my own projects.

Which aspects of production are you involved in when working on a project?

I would like to think of myself as a creative producer or a filmmaker. While I don’t write, I really enjoy the development side of things. I don’t think I’m a particularly strong writer but I have a good sense of what works in a story and what could make a story better.

Are you working on any television series right now?

A couple, yes. One is a children’s animation and the other is a reality competition show.


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