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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Cast Iron Studios co-sponsors Oregon Film History Mural

by Cast Iron Studios Staff

We are super proud to be one of the community sponsors of a new exhibit at Portland International Airport, which was unveiled on Tuesday, May 29th, 2018, and will remain in place for at least the next two years!

The new Oregon Film History Mural and Poster Exhibit showcases #OregonMade productions such as Paint Your Wagon, Stand By Me, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and more recent projects, such as Twilight, Grimm, and Wild.

The mural is located in the Portland International Airport’s south pedestrian tunnel which connects the parking garage to the terminal. It provides travelers with over 160 uninterrupted feet of mural art and posters, representing a small collection of Oregon’s rich film history, and casts a light on Oregon’s unique locations, talented industry members, and film-friendly environment.

The mural and exhibit have been created in support and collaboration with Portland International Airport and the PDX Art Program.

It was made possible through partnership with Travel Oregon, Travel Portland, and additional community members Pacific Grip & Lighting, PDXpendables, Koerner Camera Systems, BLT Productions and Hollywood Theatre.
Darren Cools illustrated and designed the mural in collaboration with Oregon Film, via the Oregon Made Creative Foundation.

We’re excited to be a part of this great project. Check it out at PDX next time you travel, and be sure to post photos to your social media accounts using the hashtag #OregonMade!


Thursday, July 28, 2011

What’s New in Portland Film & TV? AM Northwest Finds Out.

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Great to see KATU’s Dave Anderson again (after his star turn on Leverage episode 408, which will air in a few weeks!) on this morning’s AM Northwest.

Portland is buzzing with TV and Film productions. Casting Director Lana Veenker stopped by to tell us what’s happening now…and how we might get in on the action.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

We all have jobs because of Oregon’s film incentives!

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Check out this great video from the set of Leverage to see the broad range of people that a TV series or film employs on a day-to-day basis. People from all walks of life, from chefs and electricians to accountants, drivers and make-up artists.

We all have our jobs, because Oregon’s successful film incentive program helps to attract productions like Leverage to our state.

Whereas the rest of the economy is flagging, 2011 is projected to be the busiest year ever for Oregon film, creating clean, green, high-paying jobs in all sectors, all across our state.

Let’s keep the momentum going and continue to fund OPIF (Oregon Film Investment Fund) at the levels needed to meet this increased demand!

We have a proven track record, and more productions banging on our doors than current incentive levels can accommodate, so we need our legislators to fully fund OPIF.

Say yes to JOBS!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Show business is ‘on a roll’ in Oregon

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Ken Boddie talks to Vince Porter, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Film and Television, and Lana Veenker, about the state of the film industry in Oregon.

Show business is ‘on a roll’ in Oregon
KOIN 6 News
March 1, 2011
by Ken Boddie




They’re just three of the television and film productions made right here in Oregon; and there’s more where that came from.

Film and television in Oregon is headed for a record year in 2011. A major network, NBC Universal, is committed to shooting a pilot in Oregon based on the Grimm’s fairy tales, and several more projects are coming that could put hundreds of Oregonians to work.

Leverage is into its third year–they just started shooting this week up on Mount Hood,” said Vince Porter, director of the Governor’s Office of Film and Television.

Portlandia caught the imagination of enough people that they’re coming back for a second season this summer,” said Porter.

“We can say that 2011 will be the biggest year we’ve ever had in the state.”

At any given time there are about 13,000 Oregonians working in the film and television industry.

Since 2007, producers have spent about $178 million in Oregon, with an overall economic impact of $350 million.

Those numbers are expected to grow to $275 million and about $500 million, respectively, by the end of the year.

Lana Veenker owns a Portland casting agency that hires for Leverage and is currently casting for the new NBC’s upcoming Grimm-based project.

She sees the growth in Oregon’s film industry, adding that Oregon is definitely on the map when it comes to film and the proof is in the jobs.

“We have fantastic film crews, we have a really strong base of actors, we have every kind of location you can imagine,” said Veenker.

Link to full article.


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Portland Development Commission Hiring Mayor’s Office Film & Video Liaison

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Do you want to have a meaningful impact in sustaining and growing the Portland film industry? Do you have the experience and skills it takes? Here’s your chance to answer that question and more by applying for the liaison position in the Mayor’s Office of Film and Video at the Portland Development Commission.

Check out the full listing here for more information and instructions on applying.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Lana Veenker on OPB’s Think Out Loud Friday, August 13th

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Lana will be on Oregon Public Broadcasting‘s Think Out Loud tomorrow, Friday, August 13th, from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM to talk about the state of Oregon on screens both big and small.

Additional guests include Kearie Peak (co-executive producer of “Leverage”), Todd Freeman (independent filmmaker), Kevin Klowden (managing economist and director of the California Center), and Kristi Turnquist (pop culture reporter for The Oregonian).

You can submit your questions ahead of time in the comments section at OPB.

If you missed the show, here’s the link to download the MP3, or you can stream it on the OPB website. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Hollywood Reporter: Made in Oregon

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The June 25-27, 2010 issue of The Hollywood Reporter put the spotlight on Oregon: its incentives, landscapes, and talent.

Read the article here on The Hollywood Reporter, or find a PDF version below.

Casting Director Lana Veenker was highlighted as one of “eight must-knows for an Oregon shoot”:

2010_06_25 – North by Northwest Made in Oregon – The Hollywood Reporter

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Mayor’s office chimes in on Leverage Boot Camp & Oregon jobs

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“Chance favors the well-prepared.”
By Jennifer Yocom
Tue, February 9, 2010 1:32pm

When John Rogers, writer and creator of TNT’s Leverage, talked to Portlanders at this weekend’s Leverage Boot Camp, one quote especially stuck out to me. Borrowed from great scientist, Louis Pasteur, he said, “Chance favors the well-prepared.” I can’t remember whether John was referring to the perspective auditioners should keep when trying out for minor roles or to be an extra in Leverage, or if he was attributing it to what I’m thinking of: how do we build a film industry in Portland?

Either way, he’s right.

When I worked in direct marketing, we auditioned actors for photo shoots and infomercials (yes, I worked on infomercials). And when we found the right person, it wasn’t always because he or she met all the criteria we were considering, but possessed that X factor–an element or aspect of his or her personality or “look” that would connect with the relevant audience or acting team. Translated, even if you fit the profile on paper, you might not get the job. The purpose of the Leverage Boot Camp was to get folks as familiar with the TV series as possible, increasing their chances of getting a job with the production. And who’s needed? Athletic or burly men to play cops, security guards and thugs.

“I look at all these strong guys who have lost their manufacturing or construction jobs and think ‘If we could just teach them how to say a line or two and maybe how to do an easy fight scene, they could probably audition for the show,’” says Leverage casting director and local business owner Lana Veenker. “It may be very sporadic work, but nobody’s going to sneeze at a thousand bucks for a day’s salary. That could make the difference between a family covering its mortgage payment or not.”

“Background performers only make minimum wage,” she acknowledges, “but with overtime, a day’s work could help someone who is job hunting pay their cell phone bill or buy a few tanks of gas.”

The Oregonian reported, “In Oregon, which has an 11 percent unemployment rate, the recession has been particularly hard on male workers in traditionally male-dominated industries. At his State of the City speech last week, for example, Portland Mayor Sam Adams said ‘one in three Portlanders’ in the construction industry is currently out of work.”

While Veenker is trying to get the word out to unemployed construction workers that they may have additional options in a tough economy and helping them have the tools they need to succeed at the auditions, she’s also doing a significant service to our City as a whole. In order to continue to attract television series like Leverage to Portland, we’ve got to have a solid pipeline of talent for them to hire.

The state offers fantastic incentives to film production through the Governor’s Office of Film and Television and the City of Portland provides a one-stop resource for permitting through the Mayor’s Office of Film and Video, but Lana’s efforts are a also a key piece to the overall film and tv production ecology in Portland.

So, we’ll continue to work to recruit productions to town with incentive packages but remember, “Chance favors the well-prepared,” so thank you to all those that attended the Boot Camp and thank you, Lana Veenker.

And thank you, Arts & Culture Policy Director Jennifer Yokum, Mayor Adams and the City of Portland, for helping us build this green, clean, high-tech industry of the future!

Link to article.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Interview with Rick Emerson on NW 32’s "Outlook Portland"

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Watch as Lana discusses the casting biz, scams, the craft of acting and Oregon film production with Rick Emerson on NW32’s “Outlook Portland.”

This weekend’s Outlook Portland: Of Twilight, Leverage, and starry eyes.

She’s done the casting for Leverage, Twilight, The Road, and myriad other projects for the big and small screens. She’s Lana Veenker, and as head of Lana Veenker Casting, she helps to craft the products that entertain billions of people around the globe. She’s also a gatekeeper of sorts, one through which Portland’s aspiring actors must inevitably pass.

So…how does casting work? What is a casting director really looking for? And how far have Twilight Moms gone in an attempt to get their kids cast in a flick?





Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tom Kane Film Production Workshop in Denver

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For our friends in Denver: You may be interested in checking out Hollywood veteran Tom Kane‘s upcoming Film Production Workshop, which runs from April 23rd to 26th, 2009.

Check it out:

Tom Kane’s Film and Video Production Workshop is the definitive course for aspiring Producers, Directors, Production Managers, Assistant Directors, Writers, Actors, Documentarians, Indy Filmmakers, and anyone wishing to begin a career in film or video production.

Join us for 4 inspiring, informative days as you learn how to plan, organize and manage a major feature, independent film or video project. From breaking down the script to your last day of shooting – plus everything in between – you’ll learn it all.

Explore the roles of the Producer, Production Manager (UPM) and Assistant Director (AD). Examine the procedures, attitudes, techniques and paperwork needed to plan and run a large or small film production. You will scout locations, break down a feature film script, create a production board, shooting schedule, “day-out-of-days,” and budget.

Over the course of 4 intensive days, you’ll be taught by Tom Kane, a highly successful film producer, who has over 30 years experience in the “business” and over 50 feature and television films and TV series to his credit.

Sounds great! Have fun in Denver, Tom!