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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

AM Northwest Oregon Film & TV Update, Summer 2018

by Cast Iron Studios Staff

Despite the productions of “Grimm,” “Portlandia” and “The Librarians” all coming to an end, show business is still booming in Oregon right now!

Casting Director Lana Veenker stopped by KATU’s AM Northwest on August 27, 2018 with a film and TV update.

Here’s the clip, in case you missed it:

Monday, January 15, 2018

Portland teens audition for American Vandal

by admin

In case you missed it, here’s KPTV interviewing Casting Director Eryn Goodman about our January 5th, 2018 casting call for American Vandal.

Keep an eye out on our blog and our social media accounts for news about any further auditions. You’ll be the first to know if we have any!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Oregon Film Industry in the News

by Georgia Luke

Lana Veenker and Oregon Film Commissioner Tim Williams recently sat down with Mary Loos from KATU to talk about Oregon’s growing film industry. Grimm and Portlandia have ended, but their success, along with Oregon’s reputation and film incentive, make the possibility of higher quality productions in the future probable.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

How to Get Your Child into Show Business

by Georgia Luke

Lana got to join Tra’Renee Chambers on KATU’s new show Afternoon Live on September 20th to talk about how to get your child into show business.

Lana was able to give some great tips on the best way to go about it, and warning signs to look for with possible scams.

Here’s her full list of tips for parents whose children want to get into acting:

FIRST STEPS

  • Make sure it’s something THEY want to do
    • Is it your dream or theirs?
    • Don’t make them do it if it’s not fun for them
  • Network & do your research
    • Look for Facebook groups geared towards local actors, acting classes, indie filmmaking and casting calls
    • In Portland, join the longstanding Yahoo Group PDXBackstage
    • Talk to other actors who are working professionally and to their parents: learn from their experiences
    • Google any schools, coaches, casting companies or talent agencies you are considering and read the online reviews
  • Beware of scams
    • Don’t fall for the bait-and-switch:
      • You take your child to an audition, but it turns out to be a sales pitch for classes or talent competitions
      • Your child is approached in a mall by a so-called “talent scout” who promises to make them famous, only to try to sell you something later on
    • Avoid talent agencies that want money up front
      • Agents should only earn commissions off the work they find for their actors
      • Other than nominal website maintenance fees, agents should never charge actors for representation
    • Avoid any casting calls or auditions that require your child to pay to be seen; there should never be a charge to audition
    • Don’t join any paid casting websites, unless you know for sure that the casting directors in your area use them. Most are a waste of money
    • (We use Casting Frontier, where basic profiles are free. See our Submissions page for instructions on how to get into our database if you don’t have an agent)
  • Get GOOD training
    • Make sure your child learns good habits, so they don’t have to unlearn bad ones
    • In Portland, Northwest Children’s Theatre and Oregon Children’s Theatre offer good stage acting classes for kids
    • There are also several on-camera acting coaches in town; do your research and audit a class, if possible
  • Get experience
    • Do theatre, school plays
    • Let them make their own projects for practice: most kids are savvy with cameras and editing software
    • Have them do extras work to make sure they can handle standing around on set for hours
    • Find casting calls on Facebook or other websites (but research, be cautious)
    • Follow us on Facebook & Twitter or join our mailing list to be notified about open casting calls
    • Read up on how to participate in our periodic general auditions
  • Get Headshots
    • Don’t spend a lot on headshots for kids; especially before you find them an agent and know what they need
    • Snapshots will do until you find an agent who can guide you to a good headshot photographer
    • Headshots should cost a few hundred dollars, not thousands
  • Create an acting resume
    • Search online for examples
    • Include date of birth, height, weight, eye and hair color
    • Include acting experience, training, and any special skills they may have, like skateboarding, ballet and/or languages
    • Include your contact information (cell number, email address)
    • Never include your home address, the child’s direct contact info or their Social Security number
  • Find a GOOD talent agent
    • Look on the SAG-AFTRA website for SAG and AFTRA franchised agencies
    • SourceOregon also has a list of trustworthy agencies and managers
    • Remember: You should not have to pay a talent agent for representation, classes or photos. They may, however, recommend trusted coaches, classes or photographers who are unaffiliated with the agency
  • Celebrate small successes
    • Even auditioning is a success; don’t focus on bookings
    • Do they feel good about how they auditioned? Celebrate that!
    • However they feel, celebrate their bravery and accomplishment. Auditioning is hard!
    • Do something fun afterwards
  • Be a good actor parent
    • Always be reachable
    • Respond very quickly to emails and calls
    • Be an advocate for your child, but be easy to work with
    • We’re not just hiring your kid, we are hiring you!
    • Nobody wants someone on set who will create problems or drama

Good luck, be safe and have fun!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Cast Iron Studios Offices Damaged by Fire

by Georgia Luke

As some of you may have heard, our offices were damaged by a fire on Saturday, August 27th. Luckily, no one was injured, and the fire, which started on the roof, did not reach our floor. The smoke and water damage to our space, however, made it impossible to use and left us scrambling for an alternative. KATU covered the story:

Thankfully, we have been able to keep to our schedule by renting out space from nearby businesses. As we wade through waterlogged files, bag up garbage that used to be office supplies, and work out where to recycle the soaked electronics, we are staying positive, knowing that it could have been much worse.

We are grateful for the outpouring of support and offers of help that we received from our community through social media, phone calls and emails.

Meanwhile, the show must go on! Casting continues at a lively pace as we head into fall, and we’re grateful for that as well.

 

Friday, May 6, 2016

The Grimm team supports the upcoming 2016 OHS Doggie Dash!

by Georgia Luke

Lana and her puppy Justin represented the Grimm Loves Pets Team last night on KGW’s Live at 7 to help spread the word about the 29th Annual Oregon Humane Society Doggie Dash, happening on May 14th!

They’d love for you to contribute to their fundraiser, or join the Grimm Loves Pets Team yourself!

Won’t you help Justin raise $10K to help other rescue puppies, like himself?

How can you say no to that face?!

Justin thanks you in advance.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Lana Returns to AM Northwest with a Film & TV Update

by Georgia Luke

Thanks to TV shows like “The Librarians” and “Portlandia,” show business is booming in Oregon. Casting Director Lana Veenker stopped by AM Northwest on March 30th to talk to Helen Raptis about what types of productions could be coming to the state soon.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

More Good Day Oregon: Our Film Bill Passes!

by Georgia Luke

Stephanie Kralevich of More Good Day Oregon recently covered the passage of SB 1507, which included an increase to the Oregon Production Investment Fund! Many thanks to all the legislators who voted in favor of this jobs-creating bill, and to all the volunteers who helped make it happen.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

KPTV covers Talent Diversity Initiative Graduation at Cast Iron Studios

by ranielle

On Saturday, November 21st, the 32 actors from our Class of 2015 Talent Diversity Initiative graduated at Cast Iron Studios.

The fun-filled day featured mock auditions, a Q&A with the team at CIS, and guest speakers Mary McDonald-Lewis (dialect coach), Kendall Wells (fight choreographer and instructor), and Grimm Executive Producer Norberto Barba.

The celebration ended with a press reception, with guests including Mayor and First Lady Hales, Representative Lew Frederick, Portland Development Commission’s Brian Lord, Portland City Council candidate Fred Stewart and many others.

We had a blast producing this Initiative, along with our partners at TNT, Act Now Studio and Scott Rogers Studios. Here’s to making it a yearly event!
KPTV – FOX 12

Friday, August 7, 2015

Lana Talks to More Good Day Oregon About Breaking Into the Biz

by ranielle

ICYMI: On Tuesday, August 11th, Casting Director Lana Veenker spoke with Stephanie Kralevich of More Good Day Oregon about what’s shooting in Oregon and how you can get involved!

Have a peek:

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More information on how actors can submit to us or be seen for a general audition is under our Actors tab. Check it out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: Lana talks to AM Northwest about Oregon film & video

by admin

When TV and film productions come to town, job openings come too!  Casting Director Lana Veenker stopped by AM Northwest on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, to fill us in on what’s going on now, and possible job opportunities too!

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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.”

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:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

TIFF 2014: “Wild” Premiere & CSA Rising Stars

by admin

It was a whirlwind trip to Toronto for Lana earlier this month!

First stop was the Rising Stars mixer hosted by the Casting Society of America on the rooftop of the TIFF Light Box Building. The Rising Stars initiative is similar to Shooting Stars, which Lana attends each year at the Berlinale as a member of the International Casting Directors Network.

Rising Stars takes four up-and-coming Canadian actors each year, selected by a Festival jury. These four are then immersed in a series of public events and private industry meetings at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Casting directors, agents, high-profile actors, producers, studio executives, distributors, press and festival programmers turned out for a lovely brunch and a press Q&A moderated by actress Sandra Oh.

Lana Veenker and Actress Orianna Herrman at TIFF
Lana Veenker and Actress Orianna Herrman at the Rising Stars Mixer
Sandra Oh introducing the TIFF Rising Stars
Sandra Oh introducing the TIFF Rising Stars

Next up was the “Wild” reception, but not without a bit of help from hair and make-up first!

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Lana enjoyed reconnecting with Author Cheryl Strayed, Director Jean-Marc Vallée and other members of the “Wild” creative team at the reception on the Garden Terrace at the Shangri-La Hotel.

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Lana Veenker with Director Jean-Marc Vallée
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With Producer Bruna Papandrea
Lana Veenker and Cinematographer Yves Bélanger
With Cinematographer Yves Bélanger
Actress Laura Dern and Casting Director Lana Veenker
With Actress Laura Dern
Lana Veenker and Author Cheryl Strayed
With Author Cheryl Strayed
Actress Orianna Herrman and Screenwriter Nick Hornby
Actress Orianna Herrman and Screenwriter Nick Hornby

Finally, it was time for the highly-anticipated premiere of “Wild” at the sold-out, 2630-seat Roy Thompson Hall!

Actors Jeffree Newman, Orianna Herrman, and Braden Paes with Lana Veenker
Actors Jeffree Newman, Orianna Herrman, and Braden Paes with Casting Director Lana Veenker at the “Wild” premiere
Roy Thompson Hall
Roy Thompson Hall at TIFF
The seats are beginning to fill up!
The seats are beginning to fill up!
Can you tell we are excited?
Can you tell we are excited?
Jean-Marc Vallée thanks his cast and crew.
Director Jean-Marc Vallée thanks his cast and crew
The team behind "Wild"
The amazing team behind “Wild”

The film turned out as fantastic and full of heart as hoped! True to the spirit of the book, while also standing on its own.

Cast Iron Studios was responsible for casting around 30 of the supporting roles in “Wild,” and our actors did great! But don’t take our word for it:

“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

Bravo to everyone involved!

“Wild” is scheduled for release in theatres in December 2014.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Oregon Film & Video Update on KATU’s AM Northwest

by admin

Lana dropped by the KATU studios this morning to give Dave Anderson and Helen Raptis an update on all the film and television activity in Oregon in recent months.

From the new TNT series “The Librarians” to the early Oscar buzz on “Wild” (the new film based on Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir), business is booming!

Hear all about it:

http://www.katu.com/amnw/segments/Oregon-Film–Video-Update-273790971.html