Meet the Runes

Lisa Wardell

Director, Producer, Creative Director


Lisa is a homegrown Idaho girl that has been making movies since she was knee high to a potato beetle. There was little theater and absolutely no film in her little town and her mantra became, if it doesn’t exist you got to make it yourself. She went so far as to press gang the neighborhood kids into participating in her films. A director was born.

At the age of eighteen she started her first business, a Shakespeare theater troupe called The Midsummer Players. She directed, acted, designed, and managed the company for four years, all the while going to college at BYU-Idaho, and managing a Residential YMCA camp.

Lisa then moved to Los Angeles where she currently lives and helped found Runes Picture Company.  Since moving to the city of angels Lisa has directed numerous award winning short films.

Jonathan Castile

Actor, Director, Producer, Creative Director


Jonathan is a Tennessee native and co-founder of Runes Picture Company. Before he traveled to Los Angeles to make a career in the movie industry, he helped to start a Film/Video Department at Austin Peay State University called Clean Cut Productions. The notion of “if you want to ‘Make it’ you have to make it yourself” lead him to take part in every aspect of the production process and create over 9 projects. This earned him the title of Director of Operations as a student. Once graduated he saddled up moved out to California and started the process all over again. Now you have seen him on stage, TV, and in independent films. Though Jonathan hates mustard he will continue to perform as if nothing is wrong.

Kachain Thongmanee



From a young age, Kachain wanted to tell stories. He graduated from San Francisco State University with B.A. in Cinema, and then set up shop in Los Angeles.

Once in the “entertainment of the world,” Kachain began working for Warner Bros. on shows such as The Ellen Degeneres Show, assisting in the audience department. It wasn’t long until he transitioned in production, working on the hit show, The Mentalist. Kachain’s true passion, however, was writing…

His first officially produced short script – Maid of Dishonor went on to win multiple awards and became a fan-favorite at its premiere. He continues to write… hoping to bring joy and entertainment to his audiences.