Joel Goodling, a 2004 Communications Media graduate, won an Emmy along with his production team for the Red Bull Air Race World Series. Awarded in the category of Technical Team Remote, Air Race won over several well-known productions, including ESPN Monday Night Football, NASCAR on FOX, and ESPN X-Games.
This high-risk sport is captured using more than forty different views of some of the world’s best pilots racing through a low-level aerial track over land and water.
Goodling began as a segment producer for the 230-mph sport in March 2007 and traveled to places such as Istanbul, Abu Dhabi, and Perth, Australia, working on the series. For the 2008 season he was working in the field as a story producer, traveling the globe once again. Part of Goodling’s responsibilities were producing the personal interviews with the pilots immediately after the race and writing the “host wraps” as stories came together on the ground. After a few days of shooting in the field, he would fly back to Los Angeles to help supervise the edit of the program. To wrap it all together, Goodling would produce UFC announcer Mike Goldberg, who would provide race calls from a voiceover booth. Some final sound design and motion graphics completed their award-winning package.
Here is a special intro completed for last season’s finale in Perth.
Goodling recently left GRACE Entertainment (the company that produced the Red Bull Air Race World Series), taking on a new role as a producer at Spike TV. He produces GameTrailers with Geoff Keighley.
Despite the Emmy award, Goodling says that his most rewarding accomplishment thus far is being credited as a full show producer less than five years removed from IUP. While at IUP, Goodling produced a number of shows for WIUP-TV.
By Zachary Salopek