Partner / Creative Producer / Creative Director
Tara Tucker is a co-owner and creative producer at Tucker/Hess Productions. She was born and raised in the Monterey Bay, California. Though Tara studied fine art in her undergraduate studies, she experienced a twist of fate when she landed her first professional job in Los Angeles at Twentieth Century Fox. While working on AVATAR in the Consumer Products division, she fell in love with the craft of filmmaking as she witnessed the passion behind James Cameron, John Landau, and the staff at Lightstorm Entertainment. After getting accepted into the prestigious American Film Institute in 2010, she quit her studio job to pursue her master’s degree. It was there that her life changed for two reasons. The first, she became empowered by the creative and professional tools necessary to create film (moving art). The second, she met her husband, Brandon Hess. During their final year at AFI, they partnered together to make their thesis film, and in the process, found in each other a divine completion. Shortly after their wedding day on January 11, 2014, they founded their production company. Tara has produced many award winning short films, including FIRST IN FLIGHT in 2012, which stars VEEP actor Tony Hale, Aaron Farb and music composed by the late James Horner; and that same year she produced WILD HORSES starring Mireille Enos, and cinematography by Robert Richardson; and in 2016 she line produced the film THE GOOD TIME GIRLS out of the American Film Institute’s DWW program, which was directed by the HATEFUL EIGHT costume designer, Courtney Hoffman, which had an ensemble cast including Laura Dern, Alia Shawkat, Garret Dillahunt, Q’orianka Kilcher and Dana Gourrier. The next year in 2017, Tara co-produced the feature film, THE NANNY with Epic Pictures, and the following year produced THE ILLEGAL starring LIFE OF PI actor Suraj Sharma, which had a limited theatrical across the US and was released on VOD on January 12, 2021. Tara and husband, Hess, also stay very busy producing commercials, music videos, and digital content through their production company. Together they have several projects in various stages of development. Tara has a true love for ‘story’ whether it’s a feature film, commercial, or music video, and believes it to be a powerful tool to communicate with the world.
Partner / Creative Director
Brandon Hess is a co-owner, and creative director at Tucker/Hess Productions. He was born and raised in Pennsylvania, holds a Film degree from The Pennsylvania State University, and an M.F.A. from the American Film Institute in Film Directing. His short, SARAH, won the Best Short in Children’s Advocacy at the Artivist Film Fest, HONOR: PASS IT ON, won the Great American Video Contest (and a brand new Jeep Grand Cherokee). His thesis film, FIRST IN FLIGHT, stars 2-time Emmy-Winner Tony Hale, Aaron Farb, and is scored by the late 2-time Academy Award-Winning composer James Horner. The film premiered at the TCL Chinese Theatre to a packed house, went onto tour, win and hold honors at multiple film festivals. In the process, he also fell in love with and married the film’s producer — Tara Tucker. Together, they co-wrote a feature script under the same title, FIRST IN FLIGHT, currently in development. Shortly after their wedding in 2014, they founded their production company, where they produce and direct commercials, music videos, and digital content for a global client base. Brandon has directed commercials for clients ranging from HOT WHEELS, TUTIMA WATCHES, EPIC AIRCRAFT, to one featured primetime on ABC’S SHARK TANK. His feature script, THE HELPERS, a supernatural thriller, is currently in preproduction, and he is set to direct. Brandon has a contagious passion for film and believes it can make powerful, positive contributions to the world we share.