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The Casting Scoop

Get the inside scoop on upcoming castings, workshops and premieres, plus audition tips, Oregon film news and more.

Friday, November 8, 2019

AM Northwest talks 20 years of Oregon casting with Lana Veenker

by admin

On November 7th, Lana dropped in on AM Northwest to chat with Helen Raptis about Cast Iron Studios’ recent anniversary.

As reported by KATU:

Portland’s own Lana Veenker is celebrating 20 years as a casting director! In that time, she’s made a name for herself both here and abroad — having just returned from the Rome Film Festival where she rubbed elbows with Italian film royalty. Lana joined us to look back at the last 20 years of film and TV productions in Oregon. For more information about Lana Veenker, check her out on IMDb.


 

Many thanks to the team at AM Northwest for helping us celebrate this milestone! We’re so grateful for our community.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Casting Director Lana Veenker on jury at Rome Film Festival

by admin

Plans to celebrate a milestone anniversary for Cast Iron Studios were postponed after the company’s founder, Casting Director Lana Veenker, was invited to serve on the jury of the Rome Film Festival’s Alice Nella Città program on October 26th, 2019.

“Spending my 20th anniversary in casting as a jurist at the Rome Film Festival was an offer I couldn’t refuse,” said Veenker. The other jurists included Talent Agent Frédérique Moidon (France), Cinematographer Alfonso Maiorana (Canada), and Producer Uliana Kovaleva (Russia).

Lana Veenker at Rome Film Festival, October 26, 2019.

Veenker, who spent about a decade overseas before founding Cast Iron Studios in 1999, has always incorporated her love for travel and languages with her vocation in the entertainment industry. She studied theatre in Paris and Cambridge, and performed on stages in four countries and three languages prior to landing a job in a London casting office in the late 90s. She has lectured in more than 20 countries, and in 2008, was one of the sole Americans to have been inducted into the International Casting Directors Network (headquartered in Berlin), where she currently serves on its first official board of directors.

On October 26th (the date of Cast Iron Studios’ first casting session 20 years prior), Veenker was on stage again, this time in Rome to present the DO Cine Rising Talent Award for Best Young Performer (International Panorama), which was awarded to Belgium’s Anna Franziska Jäger for her performance in Cleo. Other award presenters included Carlo Verdone, one of Italy’s most renowned actors, and Screenwriter Nicola Guaglianone.

Casting Director Lana Veenker presents the Alice Nellà Citta DO Cine Rising Talent Award (International Panorama) at Rome Film Festival, October 26, 2019. Photo Credit: Carlo Verdone.

 

Following a photo call and interviews with the Italian press, Veenker held a master class and Q&A moderated by Italy’s first lady of cinema, Mrs. Piera Detassis, President of the Italian Film Academy (David di Donnatello Awards; the Italian Oscars), with the participation of Actor Lorenzo Richelmy, star of Netflix’s Marco Polo.

Master Class with Lana Veenker at Rome Film Festival, October 26, 2019.

 

Piera Detassis, Lana Veenker and Lorenzo Richelmy at Rome Film Festival, October 26, 2019.

 

The day ended with a celebration dinner with Italy’s top casting directors and fellow ICDN members, Beatrice Kruger, Francesco Vedovati, Lilia Trapani Hartmann and Barbara Giordani.

“It was a whirlwind weekend, with an incredibly warm welcome from everyone at the Rome Film Festival, especially Talent Agent Daniele Orazi and Producer Carla Mori,” said Veenker. “Once they learned about my 20th anniversary, they rolled out the red carpet to make it an unforgettable experience.”

While Cast Iron Studios’ anniversary celebration back home has been postponed to a yet-unknown date, the weekend’s events in Rome represented a full circle for Veenker.

“I began my career with the dream of working internationally, and have somehow realized that goal, even while remaining based in Portland. It felt like an affirmation of more than two decades of hard work.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click below to listen to one of Lana’s interviews in Rome:


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

KATU & KGW: Oregon is abuzz with film and TV production

by admin

With series and features such as Trinkets, Stumptown, Pig, and Sorta Like a Rockstar currently underway, Oregon is abuzz with film and television production this fall.

KGW’s Keely Chalmers and KATU’s Lincoln Graves recently dropped in on Casting Director Lana Veenker to get the inside scoop on what it means for Oregon actors and crew.

 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

CASTING CALL: ATV/UTV/Gator Operators (18+)

by ranielle

Cast Iron Studios is currently seeking:

ATV/UTV/Gator Operators (18+)

Do you have experience on a farm or ranch?
Are you willing to get your hands dirty?

DETAILS
SUBMIT: Submissions (details below) due by 6PM Friday, September 20th

CASTING: If selected, we will contact you with an appointment for a casting call on Monday, September 23

FILMING: Week of October 7; could be 1 or more days

COMPENSATION: Up to $1,000 for a 12 hour shoot day, with additional compensation if you make the final cut

SOUND INTERESTING?
Please send us an email with the following details, so we can get to know you!

  • Full Name
  • Email & Phone Number
  • Photo (a selfie is fine!)
  • Height
  • What is your experience operating an ATV? UTV? Gator? Please be specific and detailed!
  • Do you have a valid US driver license?
  • Are you open to a background check?
  • Do you own any John Deere or ATV/UTV equipment?*

Send your email to talent@castironstudios.com
Be sure to include your Full Name and Contact Phone

*Not a requirement for consideration, just a bonus!

No phone calls, please.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

CASTING CALL: Oregon Residents Who Have Bought Health Insurance Through HealthCare.gov or OregonHealthCare.gov

by ranielle

Cast Iron Studios is currently seeking:

Oregon Residents Ages 20-45 Who Have Bought Health Insurance Through HealthCare.gov or OregonHealthCare.gov

To be interviewed on-camera for a video
for Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace

We want to hear what having your coverage means to you!

DETAILS
SUBMIT: Submissions (details below) due by 6PM Friday September 6 – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MONDAY AM!

CASTING: If selected, we will contact you with an appointment for a casting call on Tuesday September 10

FILMING: Week of September 30, one-day shoot

COMPENSATION: Up to $1,000 for TV and Digital use in the state of Oregon, with potential for additional compensation

SOUND INTERESTING?
Please send us an email with the following details, so we can get to know you!

  • Full Name
  • City of Residence
  • Email
  • Phone Number
  • Photo (a selfie is fine!)
  • What does having your coverage mean to you?
  • Did you qualify for help paying for coverage?*
  • Are you bilingual Spanish/English?*

Send your email to talent@castironstudios.com
Be sure to include your Full Name and Contact Phone

*Not a requirement for consideration.

No phone calls, please.

If you are an Oregon actor represented by a talent agent, and you meet these specifications and are interested in submitting your testimonial, please have your agent submit you for this project on Casting Frontier.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Countdown to Disney+ and “Timmy Failure”!

by ranielle

Disney+, the new subscription VOD service from Disney, will launch in just three short months, on November 12, 2019!

A scroll through the preview page of Disney+ reveals many familiar franchises and Disney favorites. Look closely, and you’ll see “Timmy Failure” listed among the titles of originals coming soon!

We can’t wait to see this project! Mark your calendars!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

RUSH JOB: Seeking Male Basketball Teams, Ages 14-22

by admin

URGENT: Cast Iron Studios is seeking Portland-area males, ages 14-22 and of multiple ethnicities, who play together on a basketball team. The players will be seen playing basketball in the background in an upcoming shoot for an athletic wear company. The deadline to submit is Monday, August 12, 2019.

This is for a paid gig (SAG Background Scale) shooting on Wednesday, August 15th or Thursday, August 16th in the Portland area. If cast, you would need to be able to completely clear your schedule for one of those two days.

We’re looking for good basketball players who play together on a real team, but are not in college athletics.

If under 18, talent must sign waiver that they understand by participating, they may jeopardize their NCAA eligibility. VERY important.

Please note: You and your teammates must be local Portland-area hires.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS FOR INTERESTED TEAMS:

  • Please include:
    • Your name
    • Phone number (parent’s/guardian’s, if under 18)
    • Name of team and city
    • Age range of players (14-17 or 18+)
    • Coach’s contact information, if possible
    • Photo of team together, if possible
  • Include subject heading: Basketball Team
  • Email to talent[at]castironstudios.com (replace [at] with @ in the email address)

Deadline for submissions is Monday, August 12th by 6:00 PM.

Spread the word!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Cast Iron Studios & True Crime: The Wonderland Murders Season 2

by Cast Iron Studios Staff

THE VERDICT IS IN: The Wonderland Murders Season 2 is live!

Word is out that Season 2 of the hit true-crime series, “The Wonderland Murders”, has just premiered on Investigation Discovery.

Set in the backdrop of the vast and oftentimes dense and dark PNW, the series tells the real-life stories of local Pacific Northwesterners who encountered tragedy, and the subsequent pursuit for truth, answers and closure.

Production kicked off last winter, and took over the region leaving no clues uncovered. With a host of characters from all corners of the state, our local actors brought these stories to life, portraying real people and giving a voice to the voiceless.

Be sure to catch it Wednesdays at 6:00p PDT on ID. (Check local listings.)

A HUGE CONGRATS to the entire production team and special shout out to Ken Charles, Greg Klein and everyone at American Chainsaws Entertainment.

Whether for the storytelling and suspense, mystery, or pursuit of justice – check out The Wonderland Murders Season 2 with new episodes airing Wednesdays at 6:00PM Pacific (check local listings).

 

 

 

 

Friday, June 21, 2019

Cast Iron Studios Hosts Intimate Welcome Happy Hour

by Cast Iron Studios Staff

Kicking off the summer season with new connections and old friends

Cast Iron Studios hosted an intimate happy hour this week, celebrating a few new members of the Oregon Media and Production Association.  This select group was joined by the Cast Iron team, along with a handful of studio friends, to connect, discuss the latest up-and-coming production buzz, and enjoy some delicious bites and bevs!

John Srednicki, Ranielle Gray, Eryn Goodman and Lana Veenker from Cast Iron Studios

There was much to celebrate, as the local production community here in Portland and surrounding areas has been a hotbed of activity. As KGW recently reported, eight television series recently wrapped filming in the state, including Netflix’s “Trinkets” and  Freeform’s “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists,” in addition to feature films and stop-motion animation projects, currently on the rise.  Tim Williams, Executive Director of the Oregon Governors Office of Film & Television, quotes an estimated 200 million dollars was spent last year alone. We’re rolling!

 

Guests of the happy hour with Cast Iron K-9 and fan favorite, Calamity Jane

 

Lana Veenker, Owner of Cast Iron Studios & Lilly Joynes, Communications Manager at the OMPA

 

Special shout out to Wine Bridge Imports for sponsoring the event with these three delicious varieties of wine! @winebridgeimports

 

Thanks to everyone who joined in on the fun and conversation.  Cheers to a new season with plenty of exciting, fresh projects barrelling down, or shall we say ‘shooting’ down the local production pipeline!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Oregon feature “Zilla and Zoe” gets distribution deal; comes out this month

by Cast Iron Studios Staff

Word is out that #OregonMade “Zilla and Zoe“–winner of the Best Comedy Film at the Oregon Independent Film Festival–has received a distribution deal with Indican Pictures. We had a great time casting this film, and extend a huge congrats to filmmaker Jessica Scalise, and all of the local cast and crew. See below for all the ways to watch, support and share this gem of a movie.

OPENS MAY 17th!

WATCH THE TRAILER
 The trailer is out! Watch it by clicking here.


WATCH THE FILM IN THEATRE
Z&Z will have a one-week theatrical run in Los Angeles, opening May 17th. Join some of the cast and crew for opening night, or any time that week. The film will run four times a day at the Laemmle Noho Theater, times TBA.


WATCH THE FILM ON VOD, PPV or DVD
Can’t make it to LA? Z&Z comes out on DVD and VOD/PPV in mid-May. Like the project’s Facebook page for updates.
Monday, April 29, 2019

Cast Iron Studios takes flight with Delta Airlines and the Port of Portland with non-stop laughter!

by Cast Iron Studios Staff

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Cast Iron Studios had the royal honour and an absolute blast in teaming up with Sparkloft Media, The Port of Portland and Delta Airlines recently in a campaign to promote Portland’s only non-stop flight to London.

Leading up to the event, improv and comedic actors paired up and threw down their best British accents in one of the loudest and most eventful casting sessions on this side of the Atlantic. Ultimately cast for the cheeky roles were actors Josh Edward and Damon Kupper, who held court on April 19th in Director Park as passersby were encouraged to gather round and egg on the royal duo as they “made way for the Queen”!

Damon Kupper as the Town Crier & Josh Edward as the Queen’s Royal Guard

The boisterously hilarious and engaging Town Crier interacted with the crowd in attempts to crack up and make guffaw the ever so straight and stoic Queen’s Royal Guard.  The best wisecracks and wittiest of jokes reigned–and the further the Royal Guard’s guard was let down, the chance for someone to win a trip to London went WAY UP!  Congrats all around on a successful live event.

…And the flight hasn’t officially taken off yet!  There’s still time to jump onboard and enter the contest!

Win a free round trip flight to London – Click to enter! 

A proper shout-out to Producer Kate Adolphson and Social Media Strategist Alexandria Goodwin of Sparkloft Media for the fun gig. The actors had a jolly good time, and so did we!