Thunderbird Films was founded in 2019 by two industry veterans, Randy Wayne and Talia Bella, who decided to partner their strengths and relocate from Los Angeles to Oklahoma and provide the state with much needed production services and support. The Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program, which was started in 2001 but most recently gained traction and started calling the attention of filmmakers from around the country, offers a 35% tax rebate on qualifying spend. The rebate jumps to 37% if the film's music is scored locally. The state’s production needs are growing, but are still very behind in infrastructure, equipment and qualified crew. Thunderbird Films hopes to bridge that gap and support filmmakers coming to Oklahoma to film.
Randy Wayne is a multi-faceted producer specializing in a wide variety of independent feature films. Randy began his career as an actor in 2003. To date, he has appeared or starred in over 100 feature films and television series, including playing Luke Duke in the Universal Pictures prequel, The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning. After 18 years of acting and producing in Los Angeles, he moved back to his hometown of Oklahoma City, to provide experienced and professional production services for productions seeking to film in Oklahoma. His producing credits include Rudderless, directed by William H Macy, starring Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Selena Gomez, Lawrence Fishburne, and Jamie Chung, as well as Trust Me, directed by Clark Gregg, starring Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney, Amanda Peet, Neicy Nash, Molly Shannon, Felicity Huffman, William H Macy and Clark Gregg, to name a few. Randy is more than a producer and actor, he consistently works as a UPM and Location Manager. Providing Location Services most recently for Wild Indian, starring Kate Bosworth, Jesse Eisenberg, Chaske Spencer and Michael Greyeyes, and Enslaved By Ducks, directed by David Hunt, starring Ashley Tisdale, Joseph Mazzello, Nash Grier, and Neil Flynn. As an Oklahoma native, Randy has a lot of state pride and wants nothing more than to provide filmmakers with a seamless and enjoyable production in his home state.
Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Talia Bella received her BA from the University of Buenos Aires' Communication and Media program.
Talia has produced over 100 commercials, of which have won her awards such as the Clio, Telly and the Grand Prix. She has been nominated for an ARIA (2017 Best video of the year) for a music video she produced for the Australian band PNAU. She was nominated for an Emmy in 2016 for the short form episodic series Making a Scene with James Franco, Season 2.
In 2019, she decided to leave Los Angeles and co-found Thunderbird Films and return to her roots in feature films. She is driven by striking visuals and compelling story-telling.