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Thursday, September 17, 2020

SEATTLE CASTING CALL: SAG National Commercial For Automotive

by Cast Iron Studios Staff

CAST IRON STUDIOS IS CURRENTLY SEEKING THE FOLLOWING ROLES:

OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS: MOUNTAIN BIKERS ~ DIRT BIKERS ~ MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS ~ BOATERS ~ KAYAKERS ~ CLIFF DIVERS ~ LAKE JUMPERS

SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS: IN CONSTRUCTION, LANDSCAPE OR PAINTING

FAMILIES: QUARANTINED TOGETHER WITH YOUNG KIDS

HIPSTER FRIEND GROUPS / ROOMMATES: QUARANTINED TOGETHER

DETAILS:

FILMING DATES: Must be available October 14th-18th and October 21st-25th. *Most roles will only work a day or two.

CALLBACK DATES: Must be available October 2nd or 3rd for a video callback session.

COMPENSATION: SAG SCALE – ($1,000+)

HOW TO SUBMIT:

Email us at talent[@]castironstudios.com (remove the brackets from the address before sending) to request a ZOOM APPOINTMENT TIME.

OR:

You can also email us a video, no longer than 2 minutes and include the following:

  • Start with a full-body shot and tell us your full name. *Include your age if you are under 18.
  • Then, zoom in or step closer to the camera, so that we only see your head and shoulders. *If auditioning in a group, just frame yourselves as tightly as possible, so we can see everyone’s faces.
  • NOW TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF!
  • For the Outdoorsy / Adventure Submissions: What are your outdoor hobbies? What is your experience level? What are your favorite go-to spots? What’s your favorite equipment? Tell us about your last adventure!
  • For the Small Business Submissions: Tell us about your business. What is a typical day like for you? How long have you had your business and how did it start? How physically intense is your day-to-day? What kind of automobiles do you use for your business?
  • For Families Submitting together: Tell us what kind of outdoor activities you all do together: biking, camping, swimming, etc. Tell us about the best outdoor adventure you’ve had this summer.
  • For Friends and Roommates Submitting together: Tell us what kind of stuff you like to do together: outdoor activities, adventures you had this summer, and any other interesting tales to tell.

*FAMILIES, FRIENDS and PARTNERS: Do you have a partner, friend or family member who wants to participate? Feel free to submit all together!

SUBMISSION TIPS:

  • Recording on an iPhone or something similar? Rotate your phone to landscape mode, so the picture is horizontal/wide, as opposed to vertical/tall (and fills the frame properly when uploaded). You can view a visual aid here.
  • Send your email to talent[@]castironstudios.com (remove the brackets from the address before sending). Please submit ASAP – (the latest Tuesday, September 29th.) THANKS!
  • Please make sure the video is short (2 minutes max) and easily downloadable (wetransfer.com is great and free!).
  • Be sure to include your Full Names and Contact Phones, and where you are Located.

*KNOW SOMEONE WHO WOULD BE PERFECT FOR THIS? Feel free to share!

Monday, August 31, 2020

“In France Michelle is a Man’s Name” awarded Grand Jury Prize at Outfest

by Cast Iron Studios Staff

In France Michelle is a Man’s Name,” the short film by Em Weinstein that we recently cast, has been awarded the 2020 Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Narrative Short at Outfest, the largest and oldest film festival–of any kind–in Los Angeles, and the preeminent and most widely-recognized LGBTQ film festival in the world.

Here’s what the Programming Coordinator said: “I am absolutely delighted to tell you that our U.S. Narrative Shorts jury fell in love with the film and has awarded IN FRANCE MICHELLE IS A MAN’S NAME with the Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Narrative Short. Congratulations!! In addition to the honor itself, this prize officially designates the film as an Academy Award-qualifying title for the category of Best Live Action Short Film.”

A HUGE CONGRATS to the filmmakers, cast and crew!

A full article about Outfest’s 2020 award winners appears in The Advocate. Free The Work also published a great piece about the project.

For more information and updates, please visit the film’s website and follow it on Instagram at @infrancefilm.

“In France Michelle is a Man’s Name” shot in Portland, The Dalles, and surrounding areas last fall. The mostly-Northwest cast included–among others–the talented actors below, who were all hired by our office. BRAVO!

From top Left: Tim Blough, Jerry Carlton, Neil Green, Olga Sanchez & Dan Vhay
 

 

Monday, August 24, 2020

Trinkets Season 2: Netflix Announces Release Date

by Cast Iron Studios Staff

We’re Back!

We’re thrilled to report that Netflix just announced a release date for the brand-new season of Trinkets. The series, which takes place and was filmed right here in Portland, will kick off Season 2 with its premiere slated for Tuesday, August 25th, 2020.

The series is fresh off an exciting win at the recent Daytime Emmys, scoring two awards: Outstanding Young Adult Program and Outstanding Writing for a Young Adult Program.  Tune in to 10 new episodes for the second and final season of this incredible series.

Catch a glimpse here:

AND! Don’t miss these Pacific Northwest actors who appear throughout the entire season. We’re excited to have cast so many local actors in series regular, recurring and co-starring roles!

EPISODE 1

Seth Burnham, Kiah Butts, Dana Green, Parker Hall, Hillary Jones, Enzo Martin, October Moore, Thomas Mor and AC O’Neal

 

EPISODE 2

Sebastian Adams, Kiah Butts, Edric Carter, Munther Dajani, Nicholas Ealy-Elder, Dana Green, Parker Hall, Sara Hennessy, Beth Moesche, October Moore and Jessica Lynn Skinner

EPISODE 3

Quinn Allan, Munther Dajani, Bryce Earhart, Dana Green, Parker Hall, Patricia Hunter, Jacob Skidmore and Jessica Lynn Skinner

EPISODE 4

Adriana Bordea, Jensyn Clement, Michael Cojocaru, Reed Morris, October Moore, Anna Lynne Nelson, Jacob Skidmore and Jessica Lynn Skinner

 

EPISODE 5

Nic Chase, Shannon Day, Degundrea Harris, Paige Johnson Jones, Shelley B. Matthews, Thomas Mor, Anna Lynne Nelson and Jessica Lynn Skinner

EPISODE 6

Nic Chase, Diane Kondrat, Jonah Kersey, Thomas Mor, Anna Lynne Nelson, Amy Newman, Claire Rigsby and Eric Simons

 

EPISODE 7

Adam Dunlap, Dana Green, Parker Hall, October Moore, Katie O’Grady, Katherine Grant-Suttie, Tim True and Sydney Winbush

EPISODE 8

Nic Chase, Dana Green, Kenneth Woods, William Igbokwe, Parker Hall and October Moore

EPISODE 9

Jeb Berrier, Nic Chase, Jason Rouse, Sydney Norvell, Anna Lynne Nelson, Jacob Skidmore and Victoria Geil

 

EPISODE 10

Enrique Arias, Bryce Earhart, Doren Elias, Kristina Haddad, Anna Lynne Nelson, Jessica Lynn Skinner and Jacob Skidmore

Friday, April 24, 2020

Virtual Meals for Monologues rakes in record numbers

by admin

On Friday, April 3rd, 2020, Cast Iron Studios held its ninth annual “Meals for Monologues” with a coronaviral twist.

Due to social distancing requirements under COVID-19, our open-casting-call-slash-food-drive took place virtually this spring, with actors from all across the U.S. submitting self-tape videos, along with receipts for their donations to the Oregon Food Bank.

 

We received and reviewed over 150 submissions from Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, Spokane, New York City, San Francisco, Atlanta, Montana, Colorado, Ohio, and more.

In all, our community raised enough dough (get it? ☺️) to fund around 6,015 meals for the hungry! This surpasses our previous record by over 1,330 meals. An astonishing feat, considering how many in our industry are currently out of work, and barely making ends meet themselves.

The Team at Cast Iron has been inspired not only by your generosity, but by your talent and your spirit.

If there’s one thing this pandemic has proven, it’s that artists and creative content are not just “nice to have,” but are crucial to our health and well-being. Where would we be right now without actors, musicians, filmmakers, animators, video-game creators, and artists of all disciplines?

Joy and Cameron
Joy Park and Cameron Wake were among the many actors who submitted self-tape auditions.

We salute our first responders, our medical workers, our grocery clerks, delivery drivers, and other essential workers.

And we bow deeply to all of the artists who have made this pandemic bearable, by making us laugh, keeping us entertained and inspired, and providing distraction, commentary, education, food for thought, comfort, reprieve, and hope in our darkest hours. Thank you for reminding us of all the beauty and potential of humanity.

May we come out of this pandemic stronger, more compassionate, more appreciative, and brimming with innovation, motivation, and insights.

A profound and heartfelt (virtual) hug to all who participated!

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Virtual Meals for Monologues: Hone your skills & help your community

by admin

The world has gone topsy-turvy, we’re stuck in our homes practicing proper social distancing, and never before have the arts been more crucial.

What better time than now to learn a new monologue, sharpen your self-taping skills, and do a little good for our community?

We’re excited to announce that our ninth annual “Meals for Monologues” open-casting-call-slash-donation-drive will take place VIRTUALLY next Friday, April 3rd, 2020.

3 Logos

In exchange for a suggested donation of $5 (or more) to the Oregon Food Bank, actors are invited to submit a self-taped monologue of two minutes or less.

Submissions must be received by April 3rd to guarantee viewing by our casting directors. See instructions below.

If finances are a hardship, we won’t turn any submissions away, but in the spirit of giving, please consider asking someone to be your sponsor. Alternatively, we will accept proof of a recent blood donation to the Red Cross.

Want to participate in our food and blood drive, but don’t want to audition? You can sponsor one or more actors by making a donation yourself.  Details below.

Please help us spread the word!

SELF-TAPE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Self-taped monologue must be no longer than TWO MINUTES.
  • Smart phone videos are fine. Be sure you are framed in LANDSCAPE mode, in a CLOSE-UP (head and shoulders), with good LIGHTING and SOUND. Try to keep background noise to a minimum.
  • Typically, you would direct your lines just to the side of camera, not directly into the lens (it may help to use a real human off-camera, if possible).
  • Upload your video to Vimeo. You will be sending us the direct link to your video on Vimeo only, not the actual file. Emails containing video attachments will be deleted.
  • You may password-protect your video, but you’ll need to be sure to send us the password with your submission.

DONATION INSTRUCTIONS

  • Go to the Oregon Food Bank website to make your donation ($5 or more suggested).
  • Please list “Meals for Monologues” in the Leave a comment text box on the OFB donation form.
  • Alternatively, schedule a blood donation with the Red Cross prior to April 3rd.
  • Get a screenshot or PDF of your donation receipt (or a selfie of you donating blood!) to include with your submission.

SPONSORING INSTRUCTIONS

  • If you want to use your donation to sponsor an actor, just email us your proof of donation at talent[at]castironstudios.com; subject heading “M4M Sponsor.” (Replace [at] with @ in the email address.)
  • Please let us know if it’s for someone specific (and include their name), or if it’s for any actor(s) in need.
  • You can also simply give your receipt to the actor you are sponsoring to submit with their audition.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

  • Write us an email with your name, contact information, and HOME BASE (i.e. Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, etc.). Note: If you are a member of SAG-AFTRA, your home base is the local you are listed with.
  • You may include one headshot and resume (or a link to an online casting profile) with your submission.
  • Include the direct link (URL) to your video on Vimeo (and password, if applicable).
  • Attach your proof of donation (screenshot, PDF or selfie, per the above).
  • Email your submission to talent[at]castironstudios.com, subject heading “M4M – your home base.” For example: M4M – Seattle. (Replace [at] with @ in the email address.)
  • Deadline for self-tape submissions is Friday, April 3rd at 11:59 PM PST. We cannot guarantee your video will be reviewed if received after the deadline.

HOT TIPS

  • Go for a COMEDIC monologue, if possible! We could all use a good laugh.
  • We’ll also accept songs, poems, jokes–anything uplifting and fun. But if you’ve never–or rarely–auditioned for us, we suggest you prepare a contemporary monologue, so we can check out your mad skillz.
  • If you come in for us often–or if you just want to spread joy and not take things too seriously–anything uplifting is game. We want to be entertained.
  • Kids can do whatever they want. School play or musical canceled? Perform a short piece from that, if you like.
  • Don’t forget to include your proof of donation with your submission.

In the meantime, stay home, stay safe, wash your hands, prepare your home audition space for future casting calls, and help coach each other’s monologues via Zoom, WeAudition, FaceTime, or your platform of choice.

We’ve been inspired by the creativity of performers all around the world helping others make it through these challenging times. Your work is important, and we can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with!

In solidarity,
Lana, Eryn & John
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Cast Iron Studios Celebrates 20 Years with Fundraiser for Stone Soup

by Cast Iron Studios Staff

On February 8th, the Cast Iron Studios team hosted its 20th anniversary gala at Classic Foods in Northeast Portland.

The Roaring-20s-themed event doubled as a fundraiser for Stone Soup, a new Portland non-profit providing life skills and hands-on culinary expertise to people at risk of homelessness.

Josh Fuhrer, Lana Veenker and Brian Van Flandern
Josh Fuhrer, Lana Veenker and Brian Van Flandern. Photo Credit: Flo Barth

More than 100 guests turned out in their flapper dresses and wingtips to dance the Charleston, and raise a glass to twenty years of Oregon film and TV production.

Katie O'Grady
Katie O’Grady. Photo Credit: Flo Barth

“It was heartwarming to be surrounded by so many friends, family and longtime colleagues, many of whom flew in from distant locations to attend,” said Cast Iron Studios’ Founder Lana Veenker. “We have such a wonderful community, and we know we wouldn’t be where we are without them.”

Gramophone
Gramophone courtesy of Sammuel Murry-Hawkins. Photo Credit: Flo Barth

Many guests commented on how they felt transported back to the era of silent films, sequins and suffragettes. Authentic 1920s music was served up by the Ne Plus Ultra Jass Orchestra, under the deft direction of bandleader Sammuel Murry-Hawkins. Actor and Comedian Jason Rouse kept the audience in stitches as MC.

Sammuel Murry-Hawkins and the Ne Plus Ultra Jass Orchestra
Sammuel Murry-Hawkins and the Ne Plus Ultra Jass Orchestra. Photo Credit: Flo Barth

And a special pre-Prohibition cocktail called “The Last Word” was prepared by master mixologist Brian Van Flandern (author of Vintage Cocktails, named Best Cocktail Book in the World at the 2009 Gourmand World Cocktail Awards in Paris), using Portland’s own Aviation Gin.

Brian Van Flandern and Sean Dodder
Brian Van Flandern and Sean Dodder mix up “The Last Word”. Photo Credit: Flo Barth

Sean Dodder
Sean Dodder. Photo credit: Flo Barth

Elegant hors d’oeuvres, cheese and charcuterie platters were prepared by the staff and students of Stone Soup, with the guidance of Chef Scott Dolich, multiple James Beard Award Nominee and former owner of Park Kitchen and The Bent Brick.

Stone Soup
Staff and students of Stone Soup commandeered the kitchen at Classic Foods to dish out elegant hors d’oeuvres and platters. Photo credit: Lana Veenker

Dolich sourced the ingredients directly from Classic Foods, a locally-owned handmade pasta factory and purveyor of artisan specialty products located in Portland’s Dekum district.

Classic Foods
Searchlights outside Classic Foods. Photo credit: Flo Barth

The art deco building (a former ice house redeveloped in 2010 to include an event space) was perfectly suited as the party’s off-the-beaten-track speakeasy. Classic Foods Owner, Jake Greenberg, had generously opened up not only his event gallery, but his industrial kitchen and warehouse in service of the fundraiser.

Arielle Clark and Jake Greenberg
Arielle Clark and Jake Greenberg of Classic Foods. Photo credit: Flo Barth

A silent auction was held, with packages including everything from Blazers tickets, spa and restaurant gift cards, acting classes and hotel stays, to a private screening room at Living Room Theaters, a coffee date with Grimm star Sasha Roiz, and audition coaching with Grimm star Claire Coffee. In total, the event raised closed to $10,000 for Stone Soup.

Jason Rouse
MC Jason Rouse provided comic relief and served as auctioneer. Photo credit: Flo Barth

In-kind sponsors included Aviation Gin, Barnard Griffin Winery, Breakside Brewery, Cast Iron Studios, Classic Foods, Eunice Chiweshe Goldstein Winery, Oregonic Tonic, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and Stone Soup.

Craig Gerard
Craig Gerard of Stone Soup. Photo credit: Flo Barth

Auction donors included the Ace Hotel, Acting for Kids & Teens, Artists Repertory Theatre, Aviation Gin, Broder Nord, Claire Coffee, Classic Foods, Gado Gado Restaurant, Hi-Lo Hotel, Hotel Eastlund, Hoxton Hotel, Kimpton Hotels, Kristen Arnett Celebrity Make-Up Artist, Levy Moroshan Photography, Living Room Theatres, My Path Wellness, Portland Center Stage at the Armory, Portland Film Festival, Portland Trail Blazers, Rejuvenation Day Spa, Sasha Roiz, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Stone Soup and The Studio NW.

Eryn Goodman, Arielle Clark and Brian Van Flandern
Eryn Goodman, Arielle Clark and Brian Van Flandern. Photo credit: Flo Barth

Special thanks go to Arielle Clark, Courtney Bell, Craig & Ronit Gerard, Eric Hertzfeld, Eryn Goodman, Flo Barth Photography, Jake Greenberg, John Srednicki, Lana Veenker, Michael J. Anderson, Michael Sudan, NebCat Photography, Sammuel Murry-Hawkins, Scott Dolich, and all of our event staff and volunteers.

Check out more photos below, and at the following link, courtesy of our generous photographers, Flo Barth of Flo Barth Photography and Deneb Catalan of NebCat Photography.

Misbehave – CIS 20th Anniversary Photos

The crowd enjoying Jason Rouse’s comedy set. Photo credit: Flo Barth

The crowd enjoying Jason Rouse’s comedy set. Photo credit: Flo Barth

Sammuel Murry-Hawkins singing authentic 1920s tunes. Photo credit: Flo Barth

Lana Veenker
Lana Veenker. Photo credit: Flo Barth

Katie O'Grady
Katie O’Grady cuts a rug to the Charleston. Photo credit: Flo Barth

Microphone
Period microphone courtesy of Sammuel Murry-Hawkins. Photo credit: Flo Barth

Jordi Barnes and Ted Douglass
Jordi Barnes and Ted Douglass. Photo credit: Deneb Catalan

Cholee Thompson, Taylor Harris and Jennifer Arndt
Cholee Thompson, Taylor Harris and Jennifer Arndt. Photo credit: Deneb Catalan

Ronit and Craig Gerard
Ronit and Craig Gerard of Stone Soup. Photo credit: Deneb Catalan

 

 

Monday, December 30, 2019

In with the new: Here’s to 2020!

by admin

All of us at Cast Iron Studios want to thank our community for another terrific year. We really have the best clients, and are supported in our work by many wonderful talent agents, managers and actors!

Appreciation also goes out to Oregon Film, the Portland Film Office, OMPA, SAG-AFTRA, our fine legislators, and the hardworking crew and vendors who contribute to our industry year round.

Lana Veenker, Eryn Goodman and John Srednicki, the CIS Dream Team!

 

Ever cognizant of our good fortune, we were proud to support the following non-profit organizations in 2019.

We’d be thrilled if you were to choose one (or several) to support yourselves. Many are matching donations through the end of the year, so please, please give them a boost!

Access Fund (Climbing Land Conservation)
American Civil Liberties Union (Civil Rights)
Calamity for a Cause (Supporting Animals)
Community Warehouse (Non-Profit Furniture Bank)
Emily’s List (Supporting Progressive Female Candidates)
Gladstone Community Food Pantry (Fighting Hunger)
Goodwill Industries (Job Search, Career Skills & ESL)
Greenpeace (Environmental Solutions)
Harbor of Hope (Helping Portland’s Homeless)
Haven (Supporting Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victims)
Kiva (Microloans to Low-Income Entrepreneurs around the Globe)
Munlochy Animal Aid (Rescue Service for Animals)
NAMI (Mental Illness Advocacy)
National Foundation for Transplants (In Support of Robert Blanche)
Natural Resources Defense Council (Environmental Advocacy)
Our House (HIV Support)
PAWS Chicago (No-Kill Communities for Animals)
Planned Parenthood (Reproductive Healthcare)
Salvation Army (Helping Neighbors in Need)
Sisters of the Road Café (Meals and Advocacy for the Homeless)
Southern Poverty Law Center (Fighting Hate/Extremism/Bigotry)
Toys for Tots (Christmas Gifts for Low-Income Children)

As we continue to fête our landmark 20th year in business, we wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2020!

 

Lana, Eryn, John and the CIS Team

Friday, December 20, 2019

Cast Iron Studios hosts Old-School Headshot Happy Hour & Fundraiser

by Cast Iron Studios Staff

A VERY VINTAGE HOLIDAY EVENT!

Cast Iron Studios celebrated the holidays by launching an all new fundraiser with a collection of old gems! Taking a break from the popular “Meals For Monologues” this year, actors in the community dug out their dusty old, vintage headshots from seasons past and let them shine for charity.

 

Lana Veenker, Eryn Goodman and John Srednicki

 

Entrance into the event was an old headshot along with a suggested $5.00 minimum donation.  Participants were instructed to write their favorite charitable organization on the back of their photo and post it on the wall for all to see.  As guests mingled and enjoyed holiday bevs and bites, a secret ballot box collected everyone’s vote for their favorite old headshot.

 

 

 

Thanks to @winebridgeimports for the variety of tasty wines.

 

 

 

The winning photo revealed the winning charity where the evenings proceeds were sent.  A big CONGRATS to ANNA NICHOLAS, pictured below, who was the WINNER.  Her charity of choice was Planned Parenthood and all proceeds from the event went directly to them. Thanks ANNA!

 

 

Thanks again to everyone who came down to Cast Iron Studios and participated.  Another page in the holiday history books!

Friday, November 8, 2019

AM Northwest talks 20 years of Oregon casting with Lana Veenker

by admin

On November 7th, Lana dropped in on AM Northwest to chat with Helen Raptis about Cast Iron Studios’ recent anniversary.

As reported by KATU:

Portland’s own Lana Veenker is celebrating 20 years as a casting director! In that time, she’s made a name for herself both here and abroad — having just returned from the Rome Film Festival where she rubbed elbows with Italian film royalty. Lana joined us to look back at the last 20 years of film and TV productions in Oregon. For more information about Lana Veenker, check her out on IMDb.


 

Many thanks to the team at AM Northwest for helping us celebrate this milestone! We’re so grateful for our community.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Casting Director Lana Veenker on jury at Rome Film Festival

by admin

Plans to celebrate a milestone anniversary for Cast Iron Studios were postponed after the company’s founder, Casting Director Lana Veenker, was invited to serve on the jury of the Rome Film Festival’s Alice Nella Città program on October 26th, 2019.

“Spending my 20th anniversary in casting as a jurist at the Rome Film Festival was an offer I couldn’t refuse,” said Veenker. The other jurists included Talent Agent Frédérique Moidon (France), Cinematographer Alfonso Maiorana (Canada), and Producer Uliana Kovaleva (Russia).

Lana Veenker at Rome Film Festival, October 26, 2019.

Veenker, who spent about a decade overseas before founding Cast Iron Studios in 1999, has always incorporated her love for travel and languages with her vocation in the entertainment industry. She studied theatre in Paris and Cambridge, and performed on stages in four countries and three languages prior to landing a job in a London casting office in the late 90s. She has lectured in more than 20 countries, and in 2008, was one of the sole Americans to have been inducted into the International Casting Directors Network (headquartered in Berlin), where she currently serves on its first official board of directors.

On October 26th (the date of Cast Iron Studios’ first casting session 20 years prior), Veenker was on stage again, this time in Rome to present the DO Cine Rising Talent Award for Best Young Performer (International Panorama), which was awarded to Belgium’s Anna Franziska Jäger for her performance in Cleo. Other award presenters included Carlo Verdone, one of Italy’s most renowned actors, and Screenwriter Nicola Guaglianone.

Casting Director Lana Veenker presents the Alice Nellà Citta DO Cine Rising Talent Award (International Panorama) at Rome Film Festival, October 26, 2019. Photo Credit: Carlo Verdone.

 

Following a photo call and interviews with the Italian press, Veenker held a master class and Q&A moderated by Italy’s first lady of cinema, Mrs. Piera Detassis, President of the Italian Film Academy (David di Donnatello Awards; the Italian Oscars), with the participation of Actor Lorenzo Richelmy, star of Netflix’s Marco Polo.

Master Class with Lana Veenker at Rome Film Festival, October 26, 2019.

 

Piera Detassis, Lana Veenker and Lorenzo Richelmy at Rome Film Festival, October 26, 2019.

 

The day ended with a celebration dinner with Italy’s top casting directors and fellow ICDN members, Beatrice Kruger, Francesco Vedovati, Lilia Trapani Hartmann and Barbara Giordani.

“It was a whirlwind weekend, with an incredibly warm welcome from everyone at the Rome Film Festival, especially Talent Agent Daniele Orazi and Producer Carla Mori,” said Veenker. “Once they learned about my 20th anniversary, they rolled out the red carpet to make it an unforgettable experience.”

While Cast Iron Studios’ anniversary celebration back home has been postponed to a yet-unknown date, the weekend’s events in Rome represented a full circle for Veenker.

“I began my career with the dream of working internationally, and have somehow realized that goal, even while remaining based in Portland. It felt like an affirmation of more than two decades of hard work.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click below to listen to one of Lana’s interviews in Rome:


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.