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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Win a Scholarship to ‘Action for Actors’ Workshop

by ranielle

UPDATE:  Congrats to our scholarship winners Megan Wescott, Kirsten Fussell and Genevieve Andersen! Have a great time this weekend!

How cool is this? Organizers of this weekend’s fight workshop with Anthony de Longis and Kendall Wells have decided to offer discounted scholarships to three lucky people. Recipients will receive $150 off of the full $275 price, for a total cost to attend of only $125.

In order to qualify, scholarship applicants must fill out the survey below by 11:59 PM on Thursday, December 1, 2011.  Winners will be notified by phone and email and announced on this blog on Friday, December 2, 2011.

Think you should you be the recipient of one of these scholarships? Tell us why in 100 words or less! Good luck!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Meals for Monologues

by ranielle

We here at Cast Iron Studios are firm believers in giving back, especially during the holiday season.  Inspired by Claire Simon, CSA, in Chicago, we’re happy to announce our inaugural “Meals for Monologues” canned food drive-slash-holiday potluck.

Meals for Monologues
Food Drive Benefiting

Holiday Meet-n-Greet Potluck

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

1430 SE 3rd Ave, Suite 100
Portland, OR 97214


Actors from far and wide, you’re invited to come to our offices for an open general audition call, where you can be seen by a casting director in exchange for two non-perishable food items benefiting Oregon Food Bank.

  • Bring a HEADSHOT and RESUME (stapled back-to-back or resume printed on back of photo)
  • Perform a short, prepared monologue (or two!) of your own choosing.
  • Choose a contemporary piece (we just don’t cast much Shakespeare).
  • Audition slots are 2 MINUTES MAX, so make the best use of your time!
  • No appointment necessary.  No phone calls.  One day only.  First come, first served.


Before or after you read for one of our casting directors — or even if you’re not auditioning and just want to say hi — feel free to bring a treat and have a bite at this unique holiday party.

As a side note, if you’re an actor who’s already a regular at our office, it would be great to see you at the potluck, but you might consider leaving the audition spots open for actors who are new to town or to film/TV casting.  Unless you haven’t been seen by us in the last several months, then by all means!

Spread the word!  You can join our event on Facebook.

Monday, November 28, 2011

A “Grimm” Winter: NBC Orders Full Season of Freshman Drama

by ranielle

NBC has ordered Portland-filmed “Grimm” to a full 22-episode season (adding the “back nine” to the already-ordered 13 episodes currently filming).  In addition, the network is giving the Friday night show a shot at a Thursday night time slot.  The next all-new episode will air on Thursday, December 8, followed by another all-new episode on Friday, December 9.  Cast Iron Studios provides Oregon principal casting on the series.

“We are very pleased to be making a full-season commitment for ‘Grimm,’” NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said in announcing the news. “This series is turning the traditional procedural drama on its head and is attracting a loyal following for us on Friday nights. We love where it’s going creatively and we’re excited to deliver more episodes to our audience.”

Link to full article.

Are you caught up with “Grimm”?  Watch full episodes online at

Thursday, November 17, 2011

More shenanigans: Cast Iron Studios Launch Party

by admin

We’re forging a new path, and our clients and supporters came out in droves on November 5th to help us celebrate.  Here are more photos of the shenanigans at FORGE: Cast Iron Studios’ official launch party!


Eryn Goodman, Walt Lloyd, Lana Veenker and Peter O’Fallon at FORGE
James and Melanie Bowman Clark at FORGE
Gina Mitchell and Andrew Warnecke at FORGE
Lana Veenker, Jake Greenberg and Lisa Shannon at FORGE
Eryn Goodman and Ranielle Gray at FORGE
Members of the crew of Grimm at FORGE
Justin Habel and Emily Peterson at FORGE
Heather Harlow, Katie O’Grady, Orianna Herrman, Holcombe Waller and Kavita Jhaveri at FORGE
Kristin Leppert and Shannon Sansoterra at FORGE
Tina and Ryan Menard at FORGE
Deneb Catalan at FORGE
Claire Doody, Eryn Goodman and Ranielle Gray at FORGE
Jason Jeffords, Kaili Carlton and Matthew Reeves at FORGE
Leanne Littrell and Josh Fuhrer at FORGE

 Link to more photos by Nicholas Wilson

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

FORGE: Cast Iron Studios is Launched

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On Saturday, November 5th, the team at Cast Iron Studios threw a VIP reception for contributors to its “F*ck Apathy” PSA campaign, followed by a launch party of the company’s new brand and services, in celebration of its 12th year in business.

John O’Connell and Bruce Lawson at FORGE

In attendance were Cast Iron’s clients from companies such as Wieden + Kennedy and CMD, model and talent agents such as Justin Habel of Q6 and Kaili Carlton of Arthouse Talent & Literary, cast and crews of NBC’s “Grimm” and the new FX pilot “Legit,” as well as the production team of the “F*ck Apathy” PSA, including director Andrew Warnecke, producer Heather Harlow and director of photography Gary Nolton.

Gary Nolton and Heather Harlow at FORGE

Additional sightings included musician Holcombe Waller, former Oprah producer Gwen Martin, director Peter O’Fallon, cinematographer Walt Lloyd, performers from LiveWire! Radio, The 3rd Floor and Sweat, music promoter Pennie “Lane” Trumbull, author and activist Lisa Shannon, filmmakers/graphic artists The Pander Bros, and a host of others who have been supportive of our efforts since the early days.

Check out photos of the shenanigans!

Arnold Pander and Jacob Pander at FORGE
Jonny Schultz, Holcombe Waller and Kavita Jhaveri at FORGE
Shilpa Sunthankar and Aaron Cohen at FORGE

More photos by Frank DiMarco

(Stay tuned for our photo booth photos by Nicholas Gunderson!)


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

On-Camera Workshop with Top Hollywood Fight Master & Protégé

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Cast Iron Studios (formerly Lana Veenker Casting) is always on the lookout to bring new learning opportunities to our talent pool. We are proud to present ACTION FOR ACTORS, a unique and exciting on-camera fight workshop this December.





Most films and TV shows these days have action to help drive the story, and actors need to be prepared to deliver.  Fight master Anthony De Longis and Kendall Wells will cover the basics of what all actors need to perform action on professional film sets.  From selling punches to taking hits, understanding the story of the fight, to building safety factors, they’ll take you through all you need to know to perform action with the stars.

  • Explore the basics of fight choreography and what choreographers want to see
  • Learn fights like those used on film and television
  • Perform fights for the camera and review them in class
  • Benefit from the presence of two experienced fight directors in one workshop

What’s Being Covered

  • Empty-hand fight choreography
  • Basics of delivering and taking hits and selling them
  • Basics of camera awareness regarding fights
  • Building levels of safety to keep you, your partner, and the crew safe
  • Basic falls
  • Basic knife and stick work; used to explore found weapons and give greater understanding to empty-hand
  • Filming short pieces of choreography for review


Actor, Director, Action Coordinator

Anthony De Longis has worked in virtually every aspect of the entertainment industry for over 38 years and counting. Professional credits span film, television, theatre, motion capture and opera and he’s worked with some of biggest names in the entertainment industry, including Harrison Ford, Jet Li, Ron Howard, Yuen Woo Ping, Tim Burton, Michelle Pfeiffer, David Carradine, Patrick Swayze, Angelica Huston, Placido Domingo, and Charlton Heston, to name a few.

As an actor, De Longis portrayed Shakespeare’s immortal villain Iago in OTHELLO, twice, and co-starred in the popular movies FEARLESS, ROAD HOUSE, MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, CIRCLE OF IRON, JAGUAR LIVES and THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER. He created the role of Kazon leader Maje Culluh for STAR TREK: VOYAGER, guest starring in five of the series’ episodes. Television appearances include GRIMM, LEVERAGE, ER, THE OUTER LIMITS, QUEEN OF SWORDS, THE ADVENTURES OF SINBAD, CONAN THE ADVENTURER, BABYLON 5, and HIGHLANDER: THE SERIES, twice. He stars as Sheriff Leigh Marshal in Rock Star Games’ RED DEAD REDEMPTION, General Serrano in BULLETSTORM, and Mick Cutler in REDEMPTION 3.

As a Fight Director and choreographer, he’s known for his skill and knowledge in a broad range of bladed weapons arts, always building his action from combative truth to tell a more dynamic action story. De Longis introduced the unique style of Spanish rapier fighting to the screen in HIGHLANDER: the SERIES and created a more efficient, effective and visual style of whip work for Michelle Pfeiffer’s “Catwoman” and Harrison Ford’s “Indiana Jones” in CRYSTAL SKULL. He’s demonstrated his practical skills with blade, whip, gun and horse on History Channel’s MORE EXTREME MARKSMEN, LOCK & LOAD and DEADLIEST WARRIOR. View his Fight Director / Action reel and Stunt resume here.

Anthony is a published writer, member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Screen Actors Guild, Actors Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Actors, Academy of Canadian Television and Radio Actors, Union of British Columbia Performers, Society of Canadian Fight Directors and an honorary member of the Society of American Fight Directors. He was honored with inductions into both the Black Belt Hall of Fame and the International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame.

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Actor, Fight Director, Filmmaker

Kendall Wells graduated a full-time acting conservatory in 2004, and in the same year, became the protégé of Hollywood actor and fight master Anthony DeLongis.

Kendall recently starred as a weapons expert on SpikeTV’s DEADLIEST WARRIOR, 3Net’s new 3D mini-series SCARY TALES, and co-starred in an episode of TNT’s LEVERAGE.

He played the title role in Blue Monkey’s ROBIN HOOD, and MacDuffe and Seyton in Northwest Classical Theatre Company’s MACBETH, for which he also won a Drammy for fight choreography.

Most recently, Kendall worked as an action performer in ROMEO ET JULIETTE with conductor Plácido Domingo and director Ian Judge at LA Opera.

Kendall is a Certified Teacher of DeLongis Combative & Performance Arts, with an extensive martial arts background, and skills in empty-hand, sword, knife, whip, stick, staff, and mounted horseback.

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You have a choice of either morning sessions or afternoon sessions.

CLASS A (Morning Session): 9:00AM to 1:00PM
Saturday, December 3 & Sunday, December 4, 2011


CLASS B (Afternoon Session): 2:00PM to 6:00PM
Saturday, December 3 & Sunday, December 4, 2011

Anthony and Kendall have decided to offer ONE, FULL-WEEKEND WORKSHOP in place of two half-day workshops. This means you’ll get 15 hours of instruction (17 hours, minus two 1-hour lunches) instead of eight, FOR THE SAME PRICE!

The class will be taught by two instructors and will be limited to a maximum of 30 registered students, ensuring plenty of personalized attention. You must be at least 16 years old to attend. Minors must obtain permission of parent or guardian.

COST: $275.00

This workshop meets on Saturday AND Sunday, from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM, and includes a lunch break. See below for registration details.

Note: There is now no difference between Class A and Class B. Register for either one to attend the full-weekend workshop. (We couldn’t delete them, since tickets have already been purchased. We will honor all previously purchased tickets for the full two-day course.)

If you have a discount code, be sure to enter it on the registration page.

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Lana Veenker Casting is now Cast Iron Studios

by admin

We’re happy to announce a big change! After more than a decade in business, Lana Veenker Casting has become Cast Iron Studios, and we’re ready to celebrate all the growth and hard work that’s brought us to this moment.

We’re still the Northwest’s premiere film and television casting company, and we’re now delving into production development as well.

Why the new name?
For a long time, Lana has wanted to honor the contributions of her team, by taking her name out of the company moniker. And she’s keen to tackle new challenges, by playing a larger part in the productions that cross her desk.



In her new role as Executive Producer, she’ll maintain her involvement in film and television casting, while vetting projects of her own to shepherd through the production process.

Casting Director Eryn Goodman will continue to head up primary casting duties, while Office Dominatrix Ranielle Gray (henceforward Associate Producer) will keep the gears running at all cylinders.

Please keep up with us on our new Facebook page at and on Twitter at

And, of course, right here on our blog.

Join us as we forge forward!