A native of Honolulu, Hawai’i, and the son of an Indonesian immigrant, Brayden Yoder spent more than five years at the Film & Television Institute of India, where he first learned to practice his craft in film direction. His most recent short film, Breakdown, gained acceptance to several festivals in North America and around the world, winning the “audience award” at the March 2014 HollyShorts Screening in Hollywood and an “emerging artist” award at the 2014 Taos Shortz Festival in New Mexico.
Before moving to the Indian subcontinent, Brayden lived in Sydney, Australia, where he studied screenwriting as part of a master’s in creative writing at the University of Technology, Sydney. Upon his arrival in Los Angeles, Brayden gained selection to the 2014/2015 Writers Guild Foundation’s veterans' writing program at the WGA West, where professional mentors helped him further hone his screenwriting craft to industry standards. Later that year, his writing gained him admission to the screenwriting accelerator at the Creative Lab of the 2014 Hawaii International Film Festival.
Brayden decided to pursue a career in film after first serving as a U.S. Army officer in Germany and Iraq, experiences he credits with exposing him to the wider world and finding him a voice on veterans issues and cultural understanding. Together with his old Army buddy Stephen Sotomayor, Brayden formed Clearing Barrel Productions in 2016 as an independent, veteran-owned company dedicated to telling stories that challenge, inspire, and entertain through the media arts.