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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.

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!

Friday, March 8, 2019

Exciting news for NW actors on International Women’s Day

by ranielle

In honor of International Women’s Day, Cast Iron Studios is excited to share some great news for Northwest actors!

Cast Iron Studios Incorporates Inclusion Rider

From its yearly Talent Diversity Initiative, to its participation in nationwide casting calls for transgender actors and performers with disabilities, to its commitment to always questioning the way roles are written—in order to create more opportunities for women, LGBTQ performers and others—Cast Iron Studios has long been an advocate for underrepresented performers.

Now, inspired by the work of the Annenberg Institute, Cast Iron Studios is working on incorporating an inclusion rider into its casting deals. “The idea is to challenge ourselves,” said President and Founder Lana Veenker, “as well as the production companies we enter into contract with, to more affirmatively seek opportunities for actors who have been historically underutilized.” 

This inclusion rider will serve as a benchmark for all future projects; celebrating and ensuring the widest possible range of equity, diversity and inclusion. Based in part on the Annenberg Institute’s open-source template, Cast Iron Studios’ rider will also invite clients to make an optional financial contribution towards the Talent Diversity Initiative (TDI), which provides high-quality, intensive actor training to performers of color (and potentially, in the future, to other underrepresented groups) at no cost to the actors.

The goal of the TDI is to create a larger pool of qualified diverse talent for productions to choose from when shooting in the Northwest by removing the financial barrier to high-quality training, opening doors to networking opportunities in the local film and television community, and funneling participants towards bona fide acting coaches, talent agents, managers and casting companies. 

“Graduates frequently go on to book roles in local productions,” said Veenker,” reducing the need for our clients to hire outside of market. By including this provision in our rider, we’re asking clients to not only hire more underrepresented artists today, but to help us build the talent pool of tomorrow; one that more accurately reflects the demographics of the world we live in.”

Roles for Women Hired Locally Increase by 20%

We’re also very happy to report that a recent snapshot of the stats for roles for women cast out of Cast Iron Studios shows an increase in roughly 20% over the past couple of years—and we’re determined and passionate about keeping this momentum going in all areas.

However, there’s still plenty of work to be done, as the stats for women across the board in Film/TV are still pretty dire, both in front of and behind the camera.

According to a recent study by The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, male leads vastly outnumber female leads—71.3% compared to 28.8%—over a ten year span. This means that men’s stories were featured twice as often as women’s stories.

Behind the camera, according to a survey released by the Center for the Study of Women in TV/Film at San Diego State University, “The Celluloid Ceiling” by Martha M. Lauzen, Ph.D., women made up only 20% of all the directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors and cinematographers who worked on the top 250 films in the last year.

In the words of Geena Davis:

“How do we encourage a lot more girls to inspire to lead? By casting droves of women in STEM, politics, law and other professions today in movies.” 

For women, performers of color, LGBTQIA+ performers, and performers with disabilities, here’s to (cast) ironing out the gaps!

Happy International Women’s Day!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Cast Iron Studios supports “Salute to Our Star” Fundraiser for Actor Robert Blanche

by Cast Iron Studios Staff

Robert Blanche is one of the Northwest’s most recognizable actors.

Renowned Oregon actor Robert Blanche received a life-saving double lung transplant in August, but has had a difficult time recovering. A Portland resident, Robert has been in ICU in Seattle for six months, with his wife and daughters (ages four and six months old), living nearby. Local SAG-AFTRA members therefore dedicated their January 27th SAG Awards Viewing Party to him, by hosting the “SOS: Salute to Our Star Robert Blanche Fundraiser.”

Our team first met Robert nearly 20 years ago, casting him in various commercials and print campaigns. Since then, he has appeared in many of Cast Iron Studios’ film and TV projects, including NBC’s A Walk In My Shoes, TNT’s Leverage (recurring as Detective Captain Bonanno), and over 30 episodes of NBC’s Grimm as Sergeant Franco. A beloved actor in the community, Robert and his work continue to be celebrated today amongst industry colleagues, union members, friends and family.

The SAG Awards Viewing Party and “SOS: Salute to Our Star Robert Blanche Fundraiser” was a standing-room-only smash hit. One hundred “friends of Robert” showed up to the Lake Theater in Lake Oswego, and raised over $2,500.00 for Robert and his family. The raffle was an amazing success and many union members walked away with delightful goodies, including Amanda Fugate-Moss and Myhraliza Aala, who each won an actor career counseling session, donated by Cast Iron Studios. Additionally, Kristina Haddad won a 2-night hotel voucher, contributed by Casting Associate Ranielle Gray.

With $17,000 left to raise in order to reach their goal, there’s still time to donate! The campaign runs until Valentine’s Day – and what better way to celebrate than a heart full of love and support for Robert.

Donate to Robert’s Fundraiser

Congrats to the raffle winners, kudos to the union volunteers who made this fundraiser possible, and our best wishes to Robert in his recovery.