We had to know.

What’s it like to work with us? So we asked the host of creative, talented people we’ve worked with over the years. Here’s what a few of them have said about us.

Eryn Goodman, Lana Veenker and Ranielle Gray

Eryn Goodman, Lana Veenker and Ranielle Gray

“Many thanks to Cast Iron Studios for their passion and dedication in helping us to tell the story of Wild so beautifully. They turned around over 30 roles for us on short notice and filled out our cast with unique faces and soulful performances.”
BRUNA PAPANDREA, PRODUCER | “WILD”

“An extraordinary supporting cast” – The Hollywood Reporter
“Great performances across the board, even from actors with one or two lines” – Variety
“The supporting cast is stuffed with fine actors” – We Got This Covered
ONLINE & PRINT REVIEWS | “WILD”

“Lana Veenker and her associates know story. Everyone who they bring to the table is there because they will enhance and bring the story to life in a true and magical way. They don’t simply offer the obvious. They work closely with the director to fully realize the vision, most often elevating the work with their smart and astute choices.”
NORBERTO BARBA, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/DIRECTOR | “GRIMM”

“I’ve never worked with a casting company that made such an effort to go the extra mile—rehearsing with the actors beforehand and even going so far as to fly to the Arizona desert to do an open casting call. Their attention to detail, total professionalism and rabid desire to make our movie the best it could be was extremely refreshing.”
CATHERINE HARDWICKE, DIRECTOR  |  “TWILIGHT”

“Lana and her team really made it happen for me.”
FRANK OZ, DIRECTOR  |  “LEVERAGE”

“I found Lana Veenker and her associates to be extraordinary to work with. Her sensitivity to the material, as well as her understanding of and compassion for actors, made working with her one of the best experiences I have had in a long while.”
ROBERT BENTON, DIRECTOR  |  “FEAST OF LOVE”

“Lana, Eryn and Ranielle are a top-notch team. From our first meeting through to our last day of casting, and even during principal photography, they were well-prepared, well-organized and able to deal with changes professionally and efficiently. We were thrilled with the depth and breadth of local talent and were quite content to be in such capable hands.”
ANDRÉ LAMAL, PRODUCER, AND HEITOR DHALIA, DIRECTOR  |  “GONE”

“Lana and her team were awesome! They were very well prepared, always brought in top-notch local talent and had a very good sense of the material and tone. And let’s not forget the yummy treats they set in front of me every day.”
MARC BUCKLAND, DIRECTOR  |  “GRIMM”

“I have been thrilled with the talent Cast Iron Studios has consistently provided over the years. As professional as any casting office I have worked with anywhere in the world.”
JONATHAN FRAKES, DIRECTOR  |  “THE LIBRARIANS”, “LEVERAGE”

“I greatly appreciated the talent, diligence and expertise that Lana and her team brought to the project. Every casting session was extremely well prepared, clearly thought through and sensitively handled. The actors they found for us far exceeded my expectations.”
TOM VAUGHAN, DIRECTOR  |  “EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES”

“The whole process of meeting, reading and selecting the supporting cast was wonderfully run by Lana and her team. Her sense of what was needed for the various roles, and how to succeed in finding the right actors, was of great value and greatly appreciated. If I’m ever back in Portland making another movie, she will be one of the first calls I’ll make.”
GREGORY HOBLIT, DIRECTOR  |  “UNTRACEABLE”

“Filming in Portland was more fun than I ever deserved and more creative and collaborative than I ever imagined possible. Lana and her wonderful stable of actors brought joy and energy to the set every day—rain or shine—and rain again.”
JOHN KENT HARRISON, DIRECTOR  |  “IN MY SHOES”

“Just wanted to tell you the cast was terrific on my Russian episode  — the Portland actors really shone! Thanks again — great casting!”
ALLAN KROEKER, DIRECTOR | “GRIMM”

“One of a director’s biggest worries when shooting on location is that local casting will not live up to the ambitions of the show. In Portland, however, that’s not a concern. Thanks to Lana Veenker and her casting associates, Eryn Goodman and Ranielle Gray, I’ve been able to find wonderful talent for each of my episodes. And not just day players or bits. We’re talking leads and guest starring roles. Lana’s attention to script and character is first-rate. Her company operates with the same level of professionalism of any I’ve worked with in LA, NYC or London, for that matter.”
JOHN HARRISON, DIRECTOR  |  “THE LIBRARIANS”, “LEVERAGE”

“Portland has proven to have a wealth of talented actors and Lana, Eryn and the team have demonstrated time and time again to be the go-to resource for this talent. Week after week, we are pleasantly surprised with the options they bring us, so much so that we often forfeit flying up actors from LA in order to hire locally.”
PAUL BERNARD, PRODUCER  |  “THE LIBRARIANS”, “LEVERAGE”, “LEGIT”, “BRAIN TRUST”, “FOLLOW THE PROPHET”

“Lana and her team were easy to work with, handling each of our last-minute requests with a can-do and professional attitude.  It was a pleasure to work with them.”
JOHN HILLCOAT, DIRECTOR | “THE ROAD”

“Cast Iron Studios made the casting process enjoyable from start to finish. The actors they presented to us were talented, well prepared and expertly directed. They bring casting to a level of service that is quite rarely found.”
STEPHEN BELBER, DIRECTOR | “MANAGEMENT”

“I highly recommend Cast Iron Studios.  They are organized, efficient, and have great eyes for talent.”
ADAM FEINSTEIN, DIRECTOR | “FINAL WITNESS”

“Whenever I enlist Cast Iron to help me on a project, I breathe a big sigh of relief. I know Eryn and Ranielle have my back and will chase down the talent that we need. They respond promptly—in a cheery and non-annoyed manner—to my emails and phone calls, which can often add up to between 13 and 24 in a single day, which is worth gold to an overextended producer!”
JOANNA MILLER, FREELANCE PRODUCER | NIKE

“Cast Iron makes my job sooo easy. Smart, responsive, and just delightful…this group gets it, and they get it done.”
VICTORIA ELLIOTT, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER  |  PATTERSON TECHNOLOGY CENTER

“One of Portland’s 25 most creative thinkers.”
THE OREGONIAN  |  ULTIMATE NORTHWEST

“A must-know for an Oregon shoot.”
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“One of the top 23 Casting Directors to follow on Twitter”
BACKSTAGE

The depth of talent in the Portland area is extraordinary. Lana and her team's ability to find and nurture these exceptional artists is remarkable. We had grossly underestimated how many gifted actors we'd find there. Their keen eye and skill at coaching and developing talent allowed us to keep well over 90% of our cast local.
DEAN DEVLIN, DIRECTOR/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER | "LEVERAGE"

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