The Ranch Film Studios

Staff Members

Our staff members have worked on some of the biggest productions filmed in Louisiana. We are dedicated to going above and beyond to help make your next production possible. Learn more about what makes us great asset for your next project.

Jason Waggenspack

Head of Possibilities

A Baton Rouge native, Jason studied film in New York before graduating from the University Of New Orleans. Professionally, he has worked his way up from the bottom, from location managing to producing feature films and helming The Ranch Film Studios. He started a development company called Neutral Ground Films in 2007 that has produced multiple shorts, music videos, documentaries and iPhone Apps. He has also been a producer on the feature films MAGGIE, THE LOOKALIKE and THE TRUE DON QUIXOTE. In 2014 Jason founded The Ranch Film Studios in Chalmette, LA where he is titled the Head Of Possibilities (CEO). He has played an integral part in landing some of the biggest films to hit Louisiana. A list that includes TERMINATOR: GENISYS, FOCUS, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN and THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON to name a few.

As Executive Committee Board Member and Treasurer for the Louisiana Film Entertainment Association (LFEA), Jason played a crucial role in maintaining and stabilizing the film tax credit incentive program. Additionally he is a board member of The Cool Cooperative, a graduate of Leadership St. Bernard and won the George Wood Memorial Award from the University of New Orleans.

Jimmy HornBeak, Director of Amazement for The Ranch Film Studios in Chalmette Louisiana

Jimmy Hornbeak

Director of Amazement

Jimmy’s title reflects a piece of his heart. He is always searching for the amazing and attempting to help others be amazing. He still marvels at the absolute wonder and amazement of a great story. Jimmy has longed held the belief that stories can change people’s lives.

Jimmy worked for Levi Strauss and Company for many years. In his last position, he served as Creative Director/Curator and led the brand in building it’s first ever flagship store on San Francisco’s Union Square. He also served as Levi’s Marketing and Brand manager for 5 years. He believes that great brands are built through strong narrative. Jimmy, at his core is a storyteller and ...a brand guy.

Several years ago Jimmy stepped off the corporate ship to embark on a calling to be a real storyteller. His search for amazing stories had him complete a directors program at NYU and formed a story incubator/production company called, IAM/theclay. Through this production company he worked to package and market multiple reality TV series, TV movies and independent films. He met Jason from THE RANCH team on the film, FOCUS. It was then that his story and Jason’s story would be set in motion.

Being invited to help architect THE RANCH brand has been one of the truly amazing gifts of his life. His love of marketing/branding, building meaningful spaces and story...all packed into one dream job. Amazing.

When Jimmy is not working you can find him screenwriting. He also a true NOLA foodie and loves a good sloppy roast beef po-boy, especially those from Sammy’s Po Boys. To relax, he reads, loves to ride his bike and binge watch,THE VOICE. If you find him in St. Bernard...aka “da Parish”, you may find him having a delicious Roast Beef Po Boy at Jeanfreau and that... is really amazing!

Maria Hinds, We are the Ranch, Director of Visual Beauty, New Orleans Soundstage and Film Studio

Maria Hinds

Director of Visual Beauty

Maria is our Director of Visual Beauty. She sees what others do not.

A true visual artist who also loves to draw and paint. Her artwork has been exhibited in both Ireland and the USA.

She graduated from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland in 2000. After sharpening her skills at Dublin's leading design studios she set up her own design practice. Maria built a strong client base bringing visual distinction to international clients in diverse sectors from non-profits to corporations.

As our luck would have it (or perhaps the luck of the Irish) Maria moved to New Orleans and became a great asset to THE RANCH.

Maria's work is influenced by a minimal swiss style design aesthetic which provides visual respite in a world bombarded by messaging. Her skill set encompasses graphic design, illustration, branding, and strategic design thinking.

When she is not watching movies, listening to New Orleans music or eating great gumbo at Dooky will find her traveling the world and taking in other cultures.

Sean Donnelly, Master of Facilitation at The Ranch Film Studios outside New Orleans LA

Sean J. Donnelly

Master of Facilitation

Sean oversees all Operations at The Ranch and is responsible for assisting all Productions with regards to The Ranch’s stages, offices, mills, asset management, and flex space.

Sean began his professional career in 1992 at the InterTalent Agency in Beverly Hills with focus on Music. Later Sean joined upstart Talent Agency Endeavor to run their mailroom and Agent Training Program. After a few years in the Agency world, Sean then became a Production Coordinator for several projects at Propaganda Films, including Paul Schrader's AUTO FOCUS.

In 2001, Sean then went on to work for NBCUniversal’s L.A. DRAGNET as a writer’s assistant and Show Runners’ assistant on the show SURFACE. In 2006, Sean joined Paramount Vantage’s Physical Production Dept. as their Production and Post Production Coordinator, who’s films included THERE WILL BE BLOOD, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN and INTO THE WILD.

Since moving to New Orleans in 2010, Sean has worked in Locations as a Scout, Asst. Manager and Manager for over 15 projects. He has also produced short films, music videos and recently produced the feature film HATE CRIME, which has won 16 indie film festival awards, including Best Picture. Sean’s other credits include ENDERS GAME, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, FOCUS, JURASSIC WORLD, DEEPWATER HORIZON, and LOGAN.