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Friday, November 8, 2019

AM Northwest talks 20 years of Oregon casting with Lana Veenker

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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.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

KATU & KGW: Oregon is abuzz with film and TV production

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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!

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.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

AM Northwest Oregon Film & TV Update, Summer 2018

by Cast Iron Studios Staff

Despite the productions of “Grimm,” “Portlandia” and “The Librarians” all coming to an end, show business is still booming in Oregon right now!

Casting Director Lana Veenker stopped by KATU’s AM Northwest on August 27, 2018 with a film and TV update.

Here’s the clip, in case you missed it:

Friday, October 27, 2017

Life After First Failure Launches on CW Seed

by admin

This week, the first season of Oregon-produced Life After First Failure launches on the CW’s web platform, CW Seed.

The series was executive produced and directed by Tripp Reed (Significant Mother, Pretty Little Liars), and stars more than a dozen Northwest actors, several in recurring roles.

We had a blast working on this project, and hope it gets picked up for another season by the CW!

Check out the trailer, and watch Season 1 at the link below.

Watch the first season here.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Northwest Actors Making Good with “Bad Samaritan”

by ranielle

Despite a few weather delays due to the Snowpocalypse of 2017, the Portland-filmed “Bad Samaritan,” starring David Tennant and directed by Dean Devlin, wrapped filming in January.

The film centers on two young car valets (Robert Sheehan and Carlito Olivero) who use their business as a front to burglarize the houses of their unsuspecting patrons. Life is good for the petty thieves until they target the wrong house, changing their lives forever.

Cast Iron Studios was responsible for casting around 20 of the supporting roles, and Director Dean Devlin, a longtime fan of shooting in Oregon, couldn’t stop raving to us about the quality of his Northwest cast.

Kudos to all of our actors! We can’t wait to see the finished product.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

More Good Day Oregon: Our Film Bill Passes!

by Georgia Luke

Stephanie Kralevich of More Good Day Oregon recently covered the passage of SB 1507, which included an increase to the Oregon Production Investment Fund! Many thanks to all the legislators who voted in favor of this jobs-creating bill, and to all the volunteers who helped make it happen.

Link to original post.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: Lana talks to AM Northwest about Oregon film & video

by admin

When TV and film productions come to town, job openings come too!  Casting Director Lana Veenker stopped by AM Northwest on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, to fill us in on what’s going on now, and possible job opportunities too!

Link to original post.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

KINK Radio: Lana Veenker on casting and Oregon production

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Sheila Hamilton talks with Lana Veenker of Cast Iron Studios about Oregon film and television, and casting for an increasing number of commercials and major motion pictures.

This segment airs on KINK FM 101.9 on Sunday, February 8th, 2015 at 6:30 AM, and again on KXL FM 101.1 at 7:00 AM.

It will also be part of the morning news cycle on KINK on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 at 7:30 and 8:30 AM.

Friday, September 26, 2014

PBJ: Tax credits and the advantage of being in Oregon

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Erik Siemers of the Portland Business Journal, who recently interviewed Lana on Oregon’s film tax incentive program, now speaks to Travis Knight of LAIKA to get his take.

Over the last few months, I’ve interviewed several people connected to Portland’s film industry who said — appropriately, as if from a script — that the state must expand or lift its cap on production tax credits in order for the industry here to grow.

The Oregon Production Investment Fund offers film productions a 20 percent tax credit on all goods and services purchased in the state and 10 percent tax credit on labor costs. But it’s capped at $10 million in credits per year. Between recurring series’ like “Portlandia,” “Grimm” and “The Librarians,” the fund is tapped pretty quickly.

“Grimm” casting director Lana Veenker and “Librarians” producer Dean Devlin have each told me this year why it’s a no-brainer to expand the program. Veenker said the state has lost productions written specifically for Portland because of the cap. Devlin told me he’d “be the first guy to break ground and build a studio if that limit ever got raised.”

When I had the chance to sit down with Travis Knight, CEO of Hillsboro-based stop-motion animation studio Laika Inc., I wanted to ask the same thing.

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Link to full article.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Oregon Film & Video Update on KATU’s AM Northwest

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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.

From the new TNT series “The Librarians” to the early Oscar buzz on “Wild” (the new film based on Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir), business is booming!

Hear all about it:

http://www.katu.com/amnw/segments/Oregon-Film–Video-Update-273790971.html

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Lana Veenker receives OMPA Award of Excellence

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Our own Lana Veenker is the recipient of the Oregon Media Production Association‘s 2014 Award of Excellence.

The award “recognizes an individual who has reached the highest level of excellence, craftsmanship and integrity and has helped set the bar for professionalism in Oregon’s industry.”

Read all about it in the February 2014 issue of The Callsheet:

Many thanks to the OMPA and the Oregon film and television community for this honor!

Link to original article.