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Friday, January 22, 2010

Portland boy enjoys celebrity perks for ‘Extraordinary Measures’

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January 22, 2010
by KGW Staff

PORTLAND — An 8-year-old cast last year to play the role of Brendan Frasier’s son in “Extraordinary Measures” got the celebrity treatment at the Hollywood and then again at a cast party in Portland Thursday night.

Diego Velazquez, then 7, emerged from several hundred boys who tried out for the role of “Patrick”, according to casting director Lana Veenker. ”

On Tuesday, Diego joined the rest of the star-studded case at the film’s Los Angeles premier, hanging out with stars Harrison Ford, Brendan Frasier, and Keri Russell. Then, Thursday night there was a cast and crew party at Portland’s Baghdad theater where he once again got the celebrity treatment.

The movie was filmed last spring in Portland and Vancouver, Wash. It was produced by Harrison Ford who also acts in the movie.

“It was a challenging role to cast because the character of Patrick is in a wheelchair,” Veenker said, “and so we needed a boy who could not only act, but who could remain relatively still during the times in which his scenes were to be shot.”

Velazquez, who is represented by Portland’s Puddletown Talent, has also been cast a young Timothy Hutton on the TNT network show “Leverage” which films in Portland. He appears in an episode called “The Bottle Job” where Hutton has a flashback to childhood.

Link to article.

More video! Meet the young star of Extraordinary Measures:

Link to article.

Here’s also a video from January 15th, before the premiere:

Link to article.

Congratulations, Diego!

 

Monday, January 4, 2010

"Extraordinary Measures" in Theatres 01/22/10

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Extraordinary Measures,” starring Harrison Ford, Brendan Fraser and Keri Russell, and directed by Tom Vaughan, hits US theatres on January 22, 2010.

We cast 24 roles in this film. Go see it!

Congrats to cast and crew–and many thanks to the producers for bringing us this wonderful project!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Lights, Camera, Action: Two Hollywood Productions Set Their Sights on Portland

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KOIN 6 News’ Jessica Morkert interviews Filmmaker TJ Civis, Casting Director Lana Veenker and Executive Director Vince Porter of the Governor’s Office of Film and Television on the arrival of two Hollywood film productions in Oregon:

  • CBS Films’ “The Untitled Crowley Project,” starring Harrison Ford
  • The TNT series “Leverage,” starring Timothy Hutton. The productions will bring jobs and millions of dollars to the state.

Many thanks to the Film Office and the Legislature for their hard work implementing our very successful film incentive program, but current levels only meet about half of the demand, meaning only six months of production.

OREGON RESIDENTS: PLEASE DO YOUR PART

Please contact your legislators now to support Senate Bill 621 (Oregon Production Investment Fund or OPIF), so that we have enough film incentives to bring these kinds of projects to Oregon year round, benefiting hotels, restaurants, tourism, accountants, medics, carpenters, electricians, rental car companies, thrift stores, payroll companies, not to mention hundreds of actors and thousands of background performers. Film production brings millions of dollars into the state, creates good paying jobs and is a green industry.

Join us on March 17, 2009 at the Capitol to talk to legislators about OPIF. More information on the Film Office website.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Open Casting Call Tips

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Now that we’ve announced a new open casting call for our latest film, “The Untitled Crowley Project” starring Harrison Ford, I thought it was a good time to post a reminder about how to ensure you have the best chances at being chosen.

CASTING TIPS

1. Be professional

The casting company’s job is to find the best and most professional candidates for the parts. Your chances of being chosen will increase if you (and your parent or guardian) demonstrate that you are reliable, responsive and serious about working as an actor.

2. Fit the specs

We are currently seeking one boy age six and one boy age nine based in Oregon or Washington, to play the sons of Brendan Fraser in the film. Those who fit these specs most closely will be given first priority. Note that the younger son will be seen in a wheelchair throughout the film, so a quieter, calmer boy would be more ideal than a fidgety one.

We will take a photo of each candidate. Boys can dress and groom as they normally would for school.

We do not need to see anyone significantly older or younger than the given ages. Definitely no four-year-olds or 11-year-olds.

Reminder: This casting call is for the roles of the two sons only. Submitting for any other roles at this time will only waste your time and the casting office’s. Please help us stay on top of all the work we have to do by only attending if you fit the specs for these two roles.

In general, it’s best if parents and guardians don’t show up with the entire family in tow. This slows down the process considerably and makes our facilities much more crowded and uncomfortable for everyone. The only children who should attend the casting call should be the ones who fit the casting specs and it’s best if they are accompanied by only one adult.

3. Follow instructions precisely

Be sure to fill out all requested information on the stat card you will be given at the casting call. It’s not a bad idea for the parent or guardian to bring a list of the child’s clothing and shoe sizes, to have them handy. Also bring a list of any scheduling conflicts (other than school) between April and June 2009.

Interested parties must attend the casting call in person with a parent or guardian. Please don’t email or call the casting office. We ask that you be respectful of our time, our limited number of phone lines and already heavy work load. Thanks!!

4. Be patient

We really do love and adore you, but we are unable to respond to requests for news and updates. We’ll only get in contact if and when there is news. Unfortunately, that means a lot of waiting and not knowing, but due to time constraints, there’s simply no other alternative. That’s show biz!

5. Gain as much experience as you can

If you’re interested in pursuing acting as a career and you don’t have a lot of experience, take some classes, find a mentor, read books and get up to speed on how the industry works, so you come across as a professional.

There’s a lot of free info on this blog and in our newsletter that will help you. You may even attend one of Lana Veenker’s workshops in the future, if you’re interested (join mailing list in the right sidebar for updates). But most importantly, find a way to learn as much as you can about the business.

Hope this helps and best of luck to everyone. We can’t wait to see you on the silver screen!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

New Harrison Ford Film Casting Boys Age Six & Nine In Portland

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NEW HARRISON FORD FILM SEEKS BOYS AGE SIX AND NINE
“The Untitled Crowley Project” starts shooting in Portland in April 2009

PORTLAND, ORE. Casting Director Lana Veenker announced today that casting call for a new feature film tentatively called “The Untitled Crowley Project” will take place at Lana Veenker Casting, 2580 NW Upshur Street, Portland, OR 97210 on Thursday, February 5th, 2009 from 2:30 to 6:30 PM.

“The Untitled Crowley Project,” produced by CBS Films, stars Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser and is directed by Tom Vaughan. Filming is slated to begin in April 2009.

Veenker says that the Portland-based casting company is seeking two boys based in Oregon or Washington to play speaking roles as the sons of actor Brendan Fraser.

The younger son is to play age six and the older son is to play age nine. There is no charge to audition for any role.

Boys who would like to be considered for the film must attend the February 5th casting call with a parent or guardian to have their photos taken and fill out a casting information sheet.

No other roles are open to the public at this time and the office cannot accept phone calls.

For information about “The Untitled Crowley Project” shooting in Oregon, visit the Governor’s Office of Film and Television website.