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.
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.
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.
Hear all about it:
From “Portlandia” to a new show starring Geena Davis, Portland is buzzing with TV and Film productions. Casting Director Lana Veenker stopped by KATU’s AM Northwest with an update.
Portland is buzzing with TV and Film productions. Casting Director Lana Veenker stopped by to tell us what’s happening now…and how we might get in on the action.
Casting Director Lana Veenker joined KATU’s Helen Raptis and Dave Anderson on AM Northwest to talk about the latest productions and what all the activity means for Oregonians.
For more information on the productions and how to get involved, see our previous blog post below.
SUPPORT OREGON FILM & GET A FREE SCREENING TICKET TO “MEEK’S CUTOFF”
Excited about all the movies and TV shows shooting in Oregon? Want to help us make sure these clean, green, high-paying jobs keep coming in, not only for local film industry professionals, but for individuals and small businesses all across the state?
We need you to show your support of extending the Oregon Production Investment Fund (OPIF), the successful incentive program that has attracted all of these productions to Oregon.
2011 is projected to be our busiest year ever for film and TV, and we want to keep the momentum going!
The program is due to sunset in 2012. Without your help, it could all go away, so please join us!
HOW? WHERE? WHEN?
Join us in Salem on March 15th at 4:00 pm, when a conceptual video about the program will be taped on the Capitol steps. We want your presence and your stories, to help raise awareness of the powerful economic and cultural impact of the film and video industry in Oregon.
RSVP for the video shoot, and you’ll get a FREE ticket to the exclusive 7:00 pm screening of “Meek’s Cutoff” that follows at the Historic Elsinore Theatre (normally $20!).
The individuals and businesses below have made an extraordinary show of support by donating the cost of the tickets AND bus service from Portland so that you can go, because they understand the value of this legislation to our state.
Free tickets are limited, so RSVP now at OMPA.org. Be sure to mention that Lana Veenker Casting referred you, so that your ticket comes from our allocation!
CAPITOL STEPS EVENT
Tuesday, March 15th
Oregon State Capitol Building
900 Court Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97301
2:00 pm: Arrive at OMSI, if taking the bus from Portland
4:00 pm: Be ready at Capitol steps
RSVP at OMPA.org
Be sure to mention Lana Veenker Casting in the “Who Referred You?” box!
EXCLUSIVE SCREENING OF MEEK’S CUTOFF
Tuesday, March 15th
The Historic Elsinore Theatre
170 High Street SE, Salem, Oregon 97301
6:30 pm: Doors open
7:00 pm: Screening
Free ticket when you RSVP for 4:00 pm Event
Hope to see you there!
Thank you to ticket sponsors Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Bent Image Labs, David Cress, Koerner Camera, Kamp Grizzly, Gearhead Grip and Electric, @ Large Films, Picture This Production Services & Stage, Bonnie Roseman, Rose City Realtors, Funnelbox, Gales Creek Insurance, and Pacific Grip and Lighting.
Film production is off the charts in Oregon right now, thanks in large part to OPIF, our state film incentive program!
Casting is underway for three major film and television projects at Lana Veenker Casting, including Season 4 of TNT’s “Leverage,” starring Timothy Hutton,
a new pilot for NBC called “Grimm” starring David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Russell Hornsby and Bitsie Tulloch,
|David Giuntoli (left), Silas Weir Mitchell (right)|
and a feature film for Lakeshore Entertainment called “Gone,” starring Amanda Seyfried.
To find out how to get involved in these productions as an actor or extra, CLICK HERE to jump to the bottom of the page.
OTHER PRODUCTIONS IN OREGON
“Portlandia,” the IFC series starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, has just been picked up for 10 more episodes, scheduled to debut next January,
and producers should be finding out soon whether or not “Brain Trust,” the TBS pilot that shot here in December, starring D.B. Sweeney and Michael Urie, will be going to series!
|D.B. Sweeney (left), Michael Urie (right)|
Congrats to everyone involved in Oregon film and television production. This year is shaping up to be our busiest yet!
Moreover, our homegrown productions are gaining national and international attention:
SPECIAL SCREENING OF “MEEK’S CUTOFF”
On March 15th at 7:00 PM in Salem, there will be a special screening of “Meek’s Cutoff” starring Michelle Williams, which recently shot in Eastern Oregon, and was shown at Sundance, Toronto and Venice Film Festivals. Come show your support for the Oregon film industry, and all of the clean, green, family-wage, high-tech jobs we are creating all across the state!
“RID OF ME” TO PREMIERE AT TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
Tribeca Film Festival in New York has just announced that feature film “Rid of Me,” directed by James Westby and produced by Katie O’Grady, and shot entirely in Oregon, will premiere in April 2011 as part of its Viewpoints lineup. Not to miss!
Bravo to all the hardworking cast and crew who make these productions possible.
NOTE: This information is for extras and actors who live in the Pacific Northwest.
INFO FOR EXTRAS:
For information on working as an extra on “Leverage” or “Gone,” please contact Extras Only.
For information on working as an extra on “Grimm,” please keep an eye out on Portland Craigslist, under Talent Gigs. Any openings will be posted there.
INFO FOR PROFESSIONAL ACTORS:
If you are a professional actor based in Oregon or Washington and you are NOT represented by a talent agency, you can create a free profile in our casting database.
- Go to The Casting Frontier
- Create a Basic (Free) profile in the Pacific NW Region
- Fill your profile out completely, including your headshot and resume
- Send the Public Link of your profile to talent[at]slateplease[dot]com, subject line: NW Actor Submission
Hint: Your public link contains a lot of random letters and numbers. If there aren’t a lot of random letters and numbers, it’s not a link we can use.
ACTORS SEEKING REPRESENTATION
If you are seeking representation in the Northwest, please contact SAG or AFTRA for a list of franchised agencies, or check the Production Directory on the OMPA website under Talent Agencies.
NOTE: We are a casting company, not a talent agency, so we don’t represent actors. Creating a Casting Frontier profile will put you in our database, but you still need an agent to promote you!
If you are a professional actor based in Oregon or Washington and you ARE represented by a talent agent, you should already be on Casting Frontier. There is no need for you to resubmit or self-submit. Just let your agent know you’re interested and available, and they’ll do the rest.
Ken Boddie talks to Vince Porter, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Film and Television, and Lana Veenker, about the state of the film industry in Oregon.
Show business is ‘on a roll’ in Oregon
KOIN 6 News
March 1, 2011
by Ken Boddie
They’re just three of the television and film productions made right here in Oregon; and there’s more where that came from.
Film and television in Oregon is headed for a record year in 2011. A major network, NBC Universal, is committed to shooting a pilot in Oregon based on the Grimm’s fairy tales, and several more projects are coming that could put hundreds of Oregonians to work.
“Leverage is into its third year–they just started shooting this week up on Mount Hood,” said Vince Porter, director of the Governor’s Office of Film and Television.
“Portlandia caught the imagination of enough people that they’re coming back for a second season this summer,” said Porter.
“We can say that 2011 will be the biggest year we’ve ever had in the state.”
At any given time there are about 13,000 Oregonians working in the film and television industry.
Since 2007, producers have spent about $178 million in Oregon, with an overall economic impact of $350 million.
Those numbers are expected to grow to $275 million and about $500 million, respectively, by the end of the year.
Lana Veenker owns a Portland casting agency that hires for Leverage and is currently casting for the new NBC’s upcoming Grimm-based project.
She sees the growth in Oregon’s film industry, adding that Oregon is definitely on the map when it comes to film and the proof is in the jobs.
“We have fantastic film crews, we have a really strong base of actors, we have every kind of location you can imagine,” said Veenker.