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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

TRINKETS: Outstanding Casting + 6 other nominations for 2021 Daytime Emmys

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The list of 2021 nominees for the Daytime Emmy Awards has just dropped, and Oregon crew made an amazing showing, capturing five of the show’s seven nominations for the Netflix series Trinkets.

Among the nominations is Outstanding Casting for a Drama or Daytime Fiction Program, for Casting Directors John McAlary, Lana Veenker and Eryn Goodman.

Here’s the list of categories Trinkets was nominated in:

  • OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DIRECTION FOR A DRAMA OR DAYTIME FICTION PROGRAM
  • OUTSTANDING SOUND MIXING AND EDITING FOR A DRAMA OR DAYTIME FICTION PROGRAM
  • OUTSTANDING CASTING FOR A DRAMA OR DAYTIME FICTION PROGRAM
  • OUTSTANDING ART DIRECTION/SET DECORATION/SCENIC DESIGN FOR A DRAMA OR DAYTIME FICTION PROGRAM
  • OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN/STYLING FOR A DRAMA OR DAYTIME FICTION PROGRAM
  • OUTSTANDING HAIRSTYLING FOR A DRAMA OR DAYTIME FICTION PROGRAM
  • OUTSTANDING MAKEUP FOR A DRAMA OR DAYTIME FICTION PROGRAM

The full list of nominations can be found on Deadline.

The 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards will air on Friday, June 25 from 8-10 p.m. ET on CBS and ViacomCBS’ streaming service Paramount+.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

The Oscars’ Missing Category: Best Casting

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Kayleigh Donaldson of IGN recently interviewed Lana Veenker of the International Casting Directors Network, and Rich Mento of the Casting Society of America, about the only above-the-line department that receives no recognition at the Academy Awards.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) added an award for Best Casting in 2020. Will the Oscars soon follow suit?

When Hollywood gets together, either in person or via Zoom, for the 93rd Academy Awards, it will be a moment for the film industry to celebrate the work they’ve done over the past year and beyond during a period of immense strife. Champagne will be drunk, teary speeches will be given, and the various aspects of filmmaking, including many oft-overlooked departments, will receive some much-earned recognition. That is, except for some notable omissions. Actors will win awards, but the people who put them on screen in the first place won’t.

For decades, the job of casting has been one of the most overlooked and easily misunderstood aspects of entertainment, from film to TV to theater to video games and beyond. Yet none of those things work without it. Every time you see a person on stage or screen (or hear them in a radio drama or play them in a game), someone had to cast them. From the central ensemble to the background extras to the voices on the phone, all of those actors were hand-picked by a casting team, and that process is one of the toughest and most widely dismissed parts of the industry.

It’s hard to look at the face of modern entertainment in all its forms and not consider the indelible role that casting plays in shaping that. Consider the work of Sarah Halley Finn, the woman who is largely responsible for filling out the cast of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, thus helping to define the blockbuster of the 21st century, or Nina Gold, the woman behind the multi-award-winning ensembles of beloved shows like Game of Thrones, The Crown, and Chernobyl, not to forget the most recent Star Wars trilogy and no fewer than six Oscar-winning films.

Finn told the Washington Post that she’s cast more than a thousand roles overall for Marvel, from Avengers to background dancers to voices in Tony Stark’s ear. Consider the risks made by Finn and her team in casting Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man at a time when he was considered unemployable by much of Hollywood, or in hiring an unknown Australian soap star as Thor. Not only did Finn have to anticipate whether these actors would be right for a role that could unfold over several movies, but she had to consider harmony between individuals who would not necessarily appear on screen together for years, interactions that fans were clamoring for thanks to their vast knowledge of the characters’ lore. How different would the MCU Spider-Man movies be if Finn and her team hadn’t anticipated that crackling chemistry between Downey Jr. and Tom Holland, putting the young Brit forward for consideration by the filmmaking team as the latest Peter Parker. For many fans of George R.R. Martin’s expansive saga, casting appropriate actors seemed like an impossible task, yet previously unknown players like Gwendoline Christie, Sophie Turner, and Jack Gleeson, to name but three, ended up being perfect choices. Our entire concept of a pop-culture hero has been remolded for a new generation by the behind-the-scenes work of people like Finn and Gold.

Of course, the director and producer are also part of the casting process, particularly on huge projects like the MCU or the like. And that only feeds into the problem for casting in that it’s something of an invisible art. As Debbie McWilliams, who cast the recent Bond films, told the Guardian last year, “If you notice the casting of a film, we haven’t done a good job.” But what goes into the art of casting?

The problem for casting [is] that it’s something of an invisible art.


“”In the same way that production designers and costume designers use their skills, creativity and discernment to bring a selection of options to the director—who then signs off on the final choices—casting directors amass a library of talent through the thousands of hours of auditions they direct, plays and showcases they attend, and films and TV shows they watch,” Lana Veenker tells IGN. She’s the Executive Board Member of the International Casting Directors Network and founder of Cast Iron Studios, which has worked on the casting of projects like American Vandal, Grimm, and Twilight. “The tremendous amount of labor this entails results in a keen eye that allows them to hone in on exactly the right actors for the part, elicit powerful performances in the audition room, and present a tight selection of the most compelling choices to the final decision-makers. When it comes to the cast, they are a production’s best resource, advocates, and guardian angels.”

Link to full article.

Many thanks to Kayleigh Donaldson and IGN for putting a spotlight on casting directors this Oscars season!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Eryn Goodman and Lana Veenker nominated for International Casting Director Award

by Cast Iron Studios Staff

In case you missed it, earlier this month, our own Eryn Goodman and Lana Veenker were nominated–alongside L.A. Casting Director Heidi Levitt–for the 2018 International Casting Director Award for “Bad Samaritan,” directed by Dean Devlin!

Lana was on hand at Sarajevo Film Festival for the Award Ceremony, and also helped her fellow International Casting Directors Network colleagues to produce a week-long program of events focused on the casting profession as part of the Festival. Check out the press release below!

ICDN Casting Directors Tusse Lande (SE), Anja Dihrberg (DE), Lana Veenker (US), Timka Grin (BA), Beatrice Kruger (IT), Debbie McWilliams (UK), Harika Uygur (TU), Magdalena Szwarcbart (PL) and Nancy Bishop (US) pose with 2018 International Casting Director Award Winner Francesco Vedovati (IT) (second from left).

FRANCESCO VEDOVATI WINS 2018 INTERNATIONAL CASTING DIRECTOR AWARD

ICDN Award for Best Casting presented on August 15that 24th Sarajevo Film Festival

(Sarajevo, BA) On August 15th, the International Casting Director Award was presented to Italian Casting Director Francesco Vedovati at Sarajevo Film Festival. Festival President Mirsad Purivatra presided over the Ceremony.

The Award was established in 2016 by the International Casting Directors Network (ICDN), and represents the first ever international prize for best casting of a feature film.Board President Beatrice Kruger noted in her opening remarks that casting directors are virtually the only department heads to receive main-titles credit on a film without a corresponding national award (such as an Oscar , César or Lola). The ICDN therefore introduced the prize two years ago at Locarno Film Festival to help increase awareness of the essential role that casting directors play in the production of a film.

Vedovati won for the Matteo Garrone film “Dogman,” which made a splash earlier this year at Cannes. He had previously earned laurels from the Italian press association–the Nastro d’Argento–for Best Casting for the same film.

“This is the second award that I have received for this movie,” said Vedovati, “but for me, this is very special, because it is an award given by colleagues. […] It’s also very important to me, because, in the history of Sarajevo, I am the first casting director to receive an award for casting, so this will remain a part of history.”

2018 International Casting Director Award winner Francesco Vedovati with ICDN Board President Beatrice Kruger and Sarajevo Film Festival Director Mirsad Purivatra.

Casting Directors representing 14 different countries received nominations for the International Casting Director Award:

ROMANIA

FLORENTINA BRATFANOF
Touch Me Not
by Adina Pintilie

SWEDEN

JEANETTE KLINTBERG*
Sami Blood
by Amanda Kernel

SPAIN

CAMILLA-VALENTINE ISOLA*
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
by Terry Gilliam

ITALY

FRANCESCO VEDOVATI*
Dogman
by Matteo Garrone

GERMANY

ANJA DIHRBERG*
Casting Willi Herold:
JACQUELINE RIETZ
The Captain
by Robert Schwentke

IRELAND

AMY ROWAN*
CARLA STRONGE
Kissing Candice
by Aoife McArdle

NORWAY

METTE HOLME NIELSEN*
BELINDA SØRENSEN
U – JULY 22
by Erik Poppe

THE NETHERLANDS

MARINA WIJN*
Just Friends
by Ellen Smit

ISRAEL

EMMANUELLE MAYER
Scaffolding
by Matan Yair

FRANCE

SARAH TEPER
LEILA FOURNIER
120 Beats per Minute
by Robin Campillo

UNITED KINGDOM

SHAHEEN BAIG
Lady Macbeth
by William Oldroyd

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

TIMKA GRIN* (as Timka Grahic)
Casting Turkish actors:
HARIKA UYGUR*
Never Leave Me
by Aida Begic

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

HEIDI LEVITT
LANA VEENKER*
ERYN GOODMAN
Bad Samaritan
by Dean Devlin

SWITZERLAND

CORINNA GLAUS*
Blue My Mind
by Lisa Brühlmann

 

 

 

*ICDN Members


In addition to the accolade, the ICDN and Sarajevo Film Festival teamed up to present a full program of events centering on the casting profession from August 12th to the 16th. Entitled “Casting at the Heart of Filmmaking,” the program comprised of panels, Q&As, an international acting workshop, a master class through Talents Sarajevo, an Award reception hosted by Spotlight, and “Meals for Monologues,” a food drive/casting call benefiting the refugees of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Participating casting directors included Debbie McWilliams (UK), Beatrice Kruger (IT), Harika Uygur (TU), Anja Dihrberg (DE), Timka Grin (BA), Lana Veenker (USA), Francesco Vedovati (IT), Nancy Bishop (USA), Tusse Lande (SE) and Magdalena Szwarcbart (PL).

“It’s amazing that on behalf of the Festival and myself that I can welcome so many prestigious casting directors to Sarajevo for the first time,” said Festival Director Purivatra. “And I’m quite sure that this week-long program focused on casting is going to be important, not only for you who are members of ICDN, but also for so many talents from the region […]. I hope we will not only build this together as the most prestigious event for casting directors, but that actors and actresses will also be almost queueing here. It’s going be a ‘must’ event.”

ICDN Casting Directors Francesco Vedovati (IT), Debbie McWilliams (UK), Lana Veenker (US), Magdalena Szwarcbart (PL), Harika Uygur (TU) and Beatrice Kruger (IT) pose with Sarajevo Film Festival Director Mirsad Purivatra (rear center).

 

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Lana Veenker Casting 2009 Film & TV Audition Awards

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As many of our actors know, at this time of the year we are usually hosting our annual awards shindig, inviting scads of nominees and presenting the winners their certificates with all of the pomp and circumstance we can muster.

As many of our actors also know, we have some very exciting projects now underway that are keeping all of us busy.

In order to save some very valuable time this year, we presented our Film & TV Audition Awards on Sunday evening after a last-minute town hall meeting that we had organized with many of our local professional actors. For the curious, and those who missed the ceremony, here is our list of winners.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CALLBACKS

As you all know, sometimes actors with the best callback auditions don’t end up booking the job. Nonetheless, they deserve kudos for all their hard work and professionalism. Our runners-up for Most Callbacks get Outstanding Achievement Awards.

The Outstanding Achievement Awards for Callbacks in 2008 went to:

    • George Castillo

 

    • Tim Hill

 

    • Tim Jaeger

 

    • David Williams

 

    • Delilah Anderson

 

    • Amanda Englund

 

    • Katie O’Grady

 

  • Cait Powers

MOST CALLBACKS

Next, we presented our awards for Most Callbacks at our offices in 2008. These actors never cease to amaze us with their solid preparation, incredible talent and consummate professionalism.

The Awards for Most Callbacks were presented to:

    • Gracie Starr

 

    • Kyra Walters

 

    • John Hugill

 

  • Marcella Laasch

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMMERCIAL BOOKINGS

Our runners-up for Most Commercial Bookings received an Outstanding Achievement Award.

The Outstanding Achievement Awards in Commercial Bookings for 2008 went to:

    • George Castillo

 

    • Leif Norby

 

  • Laura Duyn

MOST COMMERCIAL BOOKINGS

Our top award for Commercial Bookings was presented to the actors and actresses who received the most commercial bookings through our offices in 2008.

The Awards for Most Commercial Bookings in 2008 went to:

    • Emma Anderson

 

    • Cory Bossom

 

    • Sara Fanger

 

    • Kai Jayubo

 

    • Caleb Matias

 

    • Evan Morgan

 

    • Mary Nelson

 

    • Riley Rexine

 

    • Jordan Wilson

 

    • Jason Newell

 

  • Julie Vhay

MOST FILM BOOKINGS

We only had one award this year for film bookings and it went to the single actor who received two film bookings through our offices in 2008.

The 2009 LVC Award for Most Film Bookings went to:

  • Catherine Grimme for “Twilight” and “Lady Who Swallowed a Fly”

STAND-OUT AUDITIONS

Our most prestigious award goes to actors and actresses whose auditions were so brilliant that they stood out as the most touching or the most humorous, the most connected and the most inspiring auditions of all of 2008.

Although 2008 was not a year flush with bookings and callbacks, it was an incredible year for stand-out auditions. The other awards presented were based on statistics; these awards were voted on by staff. These are auditions that, months later, we still recall with admiration and wonder.

The Stand-Out Audition Awards for “Without a Paddle: Nature’s Calling” went to:

    • Robert Blanche

 

    • Cory Bossom

 

    • Derek Nolan

 

  • Todd Robinson

The Stand-Out Audition Awards for HP “Ink Jerks Viral” were awarded to:

    • Chris Bolton

 

    • Eric Newsome

 

    • Leif Norby

 

    • Eleanor O’Brien

 

  • Ritah Parrish

The Stand-Out Audition Awards for ORCAS “Aggression II” went to:

    • Earl Culbertson

 

    • Arlene East

 

  • Fayra Teeters

The Stand-Out Audition Award for UbiSoft RRR TV “Rabbit” was presented to:

  • Jim Crino

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Congratulations to all of our nominees and winners!

Do you see your name among the winners, but didn’t hear about the awards ceremony on Sunday? Shoot us an email at tools4actors[at]slateplease[dot]com to make arrangements to pick up your award. (Be sure to check with your agent first. Some agents took awards home for their clients.)