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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

AM Northwest: Local Actors in the Movie, ‘Wild’

by admin

In case you missed the segment on AM Northwest this morning, here it is!

“It’s a movie based on the best-selling book by local author Cheryl Strayed.  Wild is playing now in Portland and we were happy to be joined by two local actors who played memorable parts, Jan Hoag and Will Cuddy, along with Casting Director Lana Veenker.”

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

In Memoriam: Robin Langford and Mark Lewis

by ranielle

The Oregon film and television acting community recently lost two of its own. We wanted to take a moment to remember them and their contribution to our industry and their extraordinary lives.

RobinLangfordRobin Langford
1953-2014

Born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, Robin studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and Cheltenham Boys College. Not long after moving to Portland, he was cast in NBC’s Grimm, as “Claude Frenay”, a member of the Resistance (Season 3, episodes 7 and 8).

Storyteller, screenwriter, poet and author, you can read more about Robin on his website.

 

 

MarkLewisMark Lewis
1954-2014

A professional storyteller, as well as an author and teacher, Mark appeared in the Christmas episode in Season 3 of TNT’s Leverage as “Santa Frank”.

Co-owner of Laughing Moon, Inc., you can find many memories of Mark (and share your own) on his Facebook page.

Monday, December 15, 2014

PHOTOS: Portland’s ‘Wild’ Cast & Crew Screening

by ranielle

If you attended Portland’s Wild cast and crew screening on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at the Hollywood Theatre, or just want to see fabulous photos from the event, this is the blog post for you! This is just a sampling of photos taken on the night. You can find the full gallery of photos here.

Photo Credits: Nathan Coltrane & amber smith with SpokenRAD

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Casting Director Lana Veenker, author Cheryl Strayed, Casting Director Eryn Goodman, and Casting Associate Ranielle Gray.
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Actors Jeffree Newman and Robert Alan Barnett.
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Actor Randy Schulman with author Cheryl Strayed.
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Agent Mary Dangerfield, author Cheryl Strayed, and actress Jeanine Jackson.
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Ranger danger? Ranger awesomeness!
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Actors Greg James and Jerry Bell.
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Author Cheryl Strayed with actor Jerry Carlton.

Full gallery of photos here.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Portland ‘Wild’ Premiere and Red-Carpet Madness on AM Northwest, KINK FM

by admin

On Monday, December 8th, Portland’s Cinema 21 welcomed actresses Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern, director Jean-Marc Vallée, author Cheryl Strayed, and producer Bruna Papandrea at the red-carpet premiere of Wild.

AM Northwest producer Tammy Hernandez was on hand to talk to all of them (as well as our own Lana Veenker) about the joys and benefits of shooting the film in Oregon.

Update: Catch also this segment on the Portland Wild premiere by Sheila Hamilton on KINK FM:

Friday, December 12, 2014

Thank Grimm It’s Friday: “Chupacabra”

by ranielle

Don’t miss these Pacific Northwest actors on an all new episode of “Grimm“ tonight at 9PM on NBC.

Robert Blanche, Andrew Harris, Evonne De La Fuente, Shawn Lee, Ruben Del Rio, Michele M. Mariana, Chester-Castillo Morales.
Robert Blanche, Andrew Harris, Evonne De La Fuente, Shawn Lee, Ruben Del Rio, Michele M. Mariana, Chester-Castillo Morales.
Friday, December 5, 2014

Thank Grimm It’s Friday: “The Grimm Who Stole Christmas”

by ranielle

Don’t miss these Pacific Northwest actors on an all new episode of “Grimm“ tonight at 9PM on NBC.

Danny Bruno, Brett Weinstock, Charissa J. Adams, DeRon Campbell, Zoey Sidwell, Bradley Goodwill, Gavin Gega, Raoul Barba, Ethan Harmon, Foss Curtis, Carmen N. Brantley-Payne, Ayham Samkough, Kristi Bogart, Mad Martian, Laurie Slater, Donald MacEllis, Cazzey Cereghino, Adam Dunlap.
Danny Bruno, Brett Weinstock, Charissa J. Adams, DeRon Campbell, Zoey Sidwell, Bradley Goodwill, Gavin Gega, Raoul Barba, Ethan Harmon, Foss Curtis, Carmen N. Brantley-Payne, Ayham Samkough, Kristi Bogart, Mad Martian, Laurie Slater, Donald MacEllis, Cazzey Cereghino, Adam Dunlap.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Portland Viewing Party for “The Librarians” Series Premiere

by ranielle

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Sunday, December 7, 2014
7:30PM
(show airs at 8:00PM)

Morrison Hotel Bar
719 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214

From our friends at APP-NW, OMPA and SAG-AFTRA, as well as Chris Joseph of Portland’s Morrison Hotel Bar, Portland’s film and TV community is graciously invited to a no-host viewing party!

OMPA has offered to help us reach our food drive goal before we return our donation barrels! To be entered to win a door prize at the screening, please bring a non-perishable food item for the Oregon Food Bank. Thank you so much!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Thank Grimm It’s Friday: “Highway of Tears”

by ranielle

Don’t miss these Pacific Northwest actors on an all new episode of “Grimm“ tonight at 9PM on NBC.

Ricki Bhullar, Khushi Dayal, Amitesh Prasad, Tarun Shetty, Daniel Brockley, Joseph Gibson, John Srednicki, Tyler Irwin.
Ricki Bhullar, Khushi Dayal, Amitesh Prasad, Tarun Shetty, Daniel Brockley, Joseph Gibson, John Srednicki, Tyler Irwin.
Monday, November 24, 2014

4th Annual Meals for Monologues

by ranielle

We here at Cast Iron Studios are firm believers in giving back, especially during the holiday season.  We’re happy to announce our fourth annual “Meals for Monologues” canned food drive-slash-holiday potluck.

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Food Drive Benefiting

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
12:00 PM to 6:00 PM* (M4M)
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM (potluck)

1430 SE 3rd Ave, Suite 100
Portland, OR 97214

2 OR 3 NON-PERISHABLES GET YOU SEEN BY A CASTING DIRECTOR

Actors from far and wide, you’re invited to come to our offices for an open general audition call, where you can be seen by a casting director in exchange for two or three** non-perishable food items benefiting the Oregon Food Bank.

  • Bring HEADSHOT & RESUME (stapled back-to-back or resume printed on back of photo)
  • Perform a short, prepared monologue (or two!) of your own choosing.
  • Choose a contemporary piece (we just don’t cast much Shakespeare).
  • Audition slots are 2 MINUTES MAX, so make the best use of your time!
  • No appointment necessary.  No phone calls.  One day only.  First come, first served.
  • Barrels will be in our office November 20th to December 2nd, for those unable to attend/donate on the day.

HOLIDAY MEET-N-GREET POTLUCK

Bring an appetizer, potluck dish or dessert treat and have a bite at this unique holiday party & open house. After you read for one of our casting directors—or even if you’re not auditioning and just want to say hi—stick around for elbow rubbing and general merriment.

If you’re a regular at our office, please consider leaving the audition spots open for others and simply come for the party. We’d love to see you!

*No auditions will take place 2:30PM-3PM to give Casting Directors a short break.

**We’re looking to crack 1,000 lbs of food again this year! Not sure what to bring? Check out OFB’s list of Most Wanted Items and this article on How to Donate Food So It Won’t Go to Waste.

Spread the word!  You can join our event on Facebook.

NEW! PRIZE RAFFLE!

Want a chance to win an exciting prize? Bring 5 OR MORE cans of food to be entered in our drawing. Need not be present to win. Need not audition to win. All it takes is 5 OR MORE cans of food to be entered to win one of these fabulous prizes:
  • Wild movie poster (we have 5 to give away)
  • Scott Rogers Studios – Portland Audition Clinic ($120 value)
  • 4 weeks of classes at Act Now Studio with Jana Lee Hamblin ($180 value)
  • 2-month Scott Rogers Studios – Portland Adult Acting for the Camera Class ($350 value)
  • 1-hour Portrait Session with NebCat Photography ($400 value) (2 sessions to give away!)

Raffle drawing will take place at approximately 6:15PM.

Winners will be notified via phone or email, if not present. Posters must be picked up at our office by December 15th; certificates will be emailed, if winner not present to claim. A Cast Iron Studios representative reserves the right to determine quantity of non-standard-canned-food items that qualify for drawing entry.
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SELF-TAPE AUDITIONS BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Not in Portland, but still want to audition? We will accept demo reels or self-tapes from out-of-town actors who are Oregon local hires (meaning you have a physical address in Oregon and/or are repped by an Oregon talent agency), in exchange for a screenshot of your donation to the Oregon Food Bank (minimum $10). Submission must be received by November 24th to guarantee viewing by our casting directors. See instructions below.

SELF-TAPE SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS FOR OUT-OF-TOWN ACTORS

  • You must be an OREGON LOCAL HIRE to submit for this general audition.
  • Self-taped monologue or professional demo reel must be no longer than TWO MINUTES.
  • If self-taping, be sure you are framed in a CLOSE-UP (head and shoulders), with good lighting and sound. Typically, you would direct your lines to the side of camera, not directly into the lens (it may help to use a real human off-camera).
  • Submission MUST be a LINK to view your video online, NOT a FILE attached to your email. Upload your video to Vimeo, YouTube or a similar platform and send us the direct URL only. Emails containing video attachments will be deleted.
  • You may password-protect your video, but be sure to send us the password with your submission.
  • Go to http://oregonfoodbank.org/donatenow to make your donation ($10 is the minimum accepted online by the Food Bank).
  • Please list “Meals for Monologues” in the Name, Event or Occasion text box on the donation form.
  • Please send a screenshot or PDF of your donation receipt with your submission.
  • You may include one headshot and resume (or a link to an online casting profile) with your submission.
  • Include your name, contact information, and city where you are currently based.
  • Please confirm in your email that you are a local hire, either because you have a physical address in Oregon or are repped by an Oregon talent agent or manager.
  • Email submission to talent[at]castironstudios.com, subject heading: M4M Local Hire. (Replace [a] with @ in the email address.)
  • Deadline for self-tape submissions is November 24, 2014 at 11:59 PM PST. We cannot guarantee your video will be reviewed if received after the deadline.
Friday, November 21, 2014

Thank Grimm It’s Friday: “Cry Luison”

by ranielle

Don’t miss these Pacific Northwest actors on an all new episode of “Grimm“ tonight at 9PM on NBC.

Danny Bruno, David Ury, Erik Gratton, Donald MacEllis, Karla Mason, Rex Alan McMillan, Gilberto Martin del Campo.
Danny Bruno, David Ury, Erik Gratton, Donald MacEllis, Karla Mason, Rex Alan McMillan, Gilberto Martin del Campo.
Friday, November 14, 2014

Thank Grimm It’s Friday: “Dyin’ On A Prayer”

by ranielle

Don’t miss these Pacific Northwest actors on an all new episode of “Grimm“ tonight at 9PM on NBC.

David Ury, Kevin T. Williams, Don Alder, Kanon Havens, Dana Millican, Jon Bebe, Nathan Crosby, Clancy Bundy, Adam Dunlap, Ryan Wren Barret, Paul Sobrie, Alexandra Marlene, Jean-Luc Boucherot, Meg Savlov.
David Ury, Kevin T. Williams, Don Alder, Kanon Havens, Dana Millican, Jon Bebe, Nathan Crosby, Clancy Bundy, Adam Dunlap, Ryan Wren Barret, Paul Sobrie, Alexandra Marlene, Jean-Luc Boucherot, Meg Savlov.
Friday, November 7, 2014

Thank Grimm It’s Friday: “The Last Fight”

by ranielle

Don’t miss these Pacific Northwest actors on an all new episode of “Grimm“ tonight at 9PM on NBC.

James Martin Kelly, Danny Bruno, David Ury, Tim Gouran, Angela DiMarco, Jonni Armani, John Ulman, Cathy Vu, Evan Kubena, Clancy Bundy, Adam Dunalp. NOT PICTURED: Clayton Hires.
James Martin Kelly, Danny Bruno, David Ury, Tim Gouran, Angela DiMarco, Jonni Armani, John Ulman, Cathy Vu, Evan Kubena, Clancy Bundy, Adam Dunalp. NOT PICTURED: Clayton Hires.
Friday, October 31, 2014

Thank Grimm It’s Friday: “Octopus Head”

by ranielle

Happy Halloween! Don’t miss these Pacific Northwest actors on “Grimm“ tonight at 9PM on NBC.

David Ury, Andrew Stearns, Angela Uherbelau, Michael Fisher-Welsh, Laura Duyn, Rodney Sherwood.
David Ury, Andrew Stearns, Angela Uherbelau, Michael Fisher-Welsh, Laura Duyn, Rodney Sherwood.
Friday, October 31, 2014

5 Tips for Thriller, Horror, and Supernatural Auditions

by admin

Auditioning for a spooky thriller or horror film? Embrace the fear and let it fuel your performance. Here’s Lana’s latest Backstage Expert column!

Lana Veenker CSAMy office has subjected our neighbors to a fair amount of screaming, sobbing, and agonizing deaths, after casting for supernatural projects such as Twilight and NBC’s Grimm (76 episodes and counting), thrillers such as Untraceable and Gone, and horror films such as the upcoming Cabin Fever: Reboot. But fear not: We’ve learned what it takes to excel at these types of genre auditions along the way. Enter if you dare….

1. Commit. It’s always important to immerse yourself in the world of the story, and even more critical in genre films and television. The situations and characters may be so outlandish, that it’s essential to truly invest and believe in them in order for the audience to come along for the ride. No matter how over the top the script is, dig deep to find your character’s underlying objectives, hopes, fears, strengths, and weaknesses, so that your performance remains rooted in authenticity. And educate yourself as well: When casting for Grimm we can always tell whether or not actors have seen the show by the way they morph into Wesen (the show’s monsters)…or fail to.

2. Discover. Thriller, horror, and supernatural narratives rely heavily on surprise and suspense, so avoid playing the end of the scene at the beginning, or telegraphing what’s going to happen next. Allow your character (and hence, the audience) to discover as they go along. Is your character the red herring? Don’t give it away by acting suspiciously. Does your character expect a knife-wielding maniac to attack her as she gets into her car? Unless it says so in the script, allow your character to be taken by surprise.

3. Don’t play the obstacle; overcome the obstacle. Novices often try to play emotions and obstacles rather than intentions. But when actors focus on conveying adjectives (happy, sad, angry) instead of verbs (charm, attack, diffuse), their performances suffer and become artificial. No audience can get behind an actor who is mugging, especially not in the exaggerated situations of genre stories, so spend less time thinking about showing, and more on what your character is trying to do under the circumstances. The emotions will take care of themselves. Don’t play fear. Hide or control the fear. If your character limps, don’t play the limp, overcome the limp. Drunks don’t try to act drunk, they try to conceal it, manage it, pursue their goals despite it.

4. Know your archetypes.Villains require strong justifications and backstory for their actions (their need for revenge, attention, power), and likable or intriguing characteristics (charm, humor, intellect) to accomplish them. Note that calm, understated villains can be more frightening than loud, threatening ones (recall Javier Bardem’s chilling character in No Country for Old Men.

When playing the Hero, identify weaknesses you need to overcome in order to grow into the You who can save the day. Pursue objectives with heightened resolve when faced with the unusual and overwhelming obstacles found in genre stories. Root your performance in reality to differentiate yourself from the crazy characters that surround you.

Are you the Victim? Witnesses and innocent victims are usually anchored in realism, whereas victims of stupidity or hubris may present an opportunity to have fun with the character. In either case, don’t be afraid to go for it when your character is supposed to shriek in terror or die a painful death, but do pay attention if the CD is shouting, “Cut, CUT, CUT!!!” We gather pretty quickly that you can scream; we don’t need our neighbors calling the cops.

Authority Figures (detectives, doctors, experts) tend to demand down-to-earth, truthful performances, but identify whether the circumstances that confront them are run-of-the-mill or unusual. Supernatural phenomena may be completely normal in some stories. Weird creature names and terminology should roll off your tongue if your character is used to saying them. Research proper pronunciations (or ask!) before memorizing lines. It’s a dead giveaway to producers that you’ve never seen their show when you can’t pronounce terms common in their scripts.

Playing a Character role? The nosy neighbor, the disheveled hermit, the alien being, the creepy voyeur: These are the kinds of parts that you can really experiment with in genre film and TV. Since you may only get one take in the audition, though, preface by saying, “I’m going to try something fun here, but I can always rein it in, if it’s too over the top.” (This is preferable to asking for a second take.) Be prepared with a very straightforward, understated reading, in case they ask.

5. Use your fear. Auditions are nerve-wracking, so channel that energy into your character. It’s easy to convey fear when you’re already feeling it. Not to mention that a good blood-curdling scream releases tension and helps vent frustration. Relish it!

Link to original article.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Thank Grimm It’s Friday: “Thanks for the Memories”

by ranielle

They’re back! Don’t miss these Pacific Northwest actors on the Season 4 premiere of “Grimm“ tonight at 9PM on NBC.

Robert Blanche, Rodney Sherwood, Jennifer Brian, David Frederick White, Andrew Stearns, Michael Ochoa, Matt Nolan, Joseph Bertot, Cobey Mandarino, Jasper Louis, John Ryan Custodio, Jenifer Yeuroukis, Michael Fisher-Welsh, Marcella Laasch, Robert Fuentes.
Robert Blanche, Rodney Sherwood, Jennifer Brian, David Frederick White, Andrew Stearns, Michael Ochoa, Matt Nolan, Joseph Bertot, Cobey Mandarino, Jasper Louis, John Ryan Custodio, Jenifer Yeuroukis, Michael Fisher-Welsh, Marcella Laasch, Robert Fuentes.