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Monday, January 21, 2013

Nancy Bishop Casting Workshop in Berlin – with Special Guest Lana Veenker

by admin

Prague Casting Director Nancy Bishop CSA has invited Lana to help coach actors at her annual Casting Workshop during the Berlinale. This will mark Lana and Nancy’s fifth year of collaboration in Berlin.

Please note: This is not a Cast Iron Studios or Tools for Actors event; you must register directly with the organizers at the email address below.

CASTING WORKSHOP – BERLIN, 11 February 2013

Nancy Bishop, CSA, is teaching her annual casting workshop during the Berlinale
Special Guest: Lana Veenker, CSA

In this workshop, actors will have the opportunity to collaborate with top European and American casting directors. Ideal for actors who wish to improve auditioning skills in English and make valuable connections for international work. Actors will be assigned scenes to prepare in advance. Nancy Bishop (US/Prague) will coach the scenes, with her proven technique, outlined in her book, Secrets from the Casting Couch. Subsequently, the scenes will be taped and critiqued by US Caster Lana Veenker.

Nancy Bishop, CSA, has cast more than seventy films from her base in Prague ranging from large scale studio pictures, such as Mission Impossible IV, Prince Caspian, Bourne Identity, to independent films such as The Illusionist. She just finished the European casting on The Last Knights, starring Morgan Freeman and Clive Owen. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work on Anne Frank the Whole Story. She is also a top ranked acting coach, and her workshops are in demand internationally from Rio De Janeiro to Istanbul. At the Prague Film School, she founded the Acting for Film Program, and penned the best-selling book, Secrets from the Casting Couch. Currently she is working on an international Tandem TV series, Crossing Lines, starring Donald Sutherland.

Casting Director Lana Veenker began her career in London and, upon returning to her Northwest roots, founded one of the most successful location casting companies in the U.S. She has found her calling in helping actors who live outside Hollywood break into the business. Recent projects include NBC’s Grimm, now in its second season, and 64 episodes of TNT’s Leverage. Gus Van Sant, Catherine Hardwicke and Tim Robbins figure among past film clients. Lana is a member of the Casting Society of America and the International Casting Directors Network. She has been featured in The Hollywood Reporter, USA Today, MSNBC.com, MTV.com, AccessHollywood.com, and Wired, and is a regular contributor to Backstage.com. Follow her on Twitter @lanaveenker.

WORKSHOP INFORMATION:

When: Monday, February 11, 2013
Time: 11-15:00
Where: The Acting Studio, Schillerstrasse 64, 10627 Berlin-Charlottenburg

Directions: U2 + U7 Bismarckstrasse or U2 Sophie-Charlotte-Platz, for a detailed map

Please go to:  www.acting-studio.de
Cost: 110 EUR for the workshop
Signed copies Secrets from the Casting Couch available for 10 EUR (normally 15 EUR)

Registration Instructions: The workshop is limited to 16 actors and we anticipate the workshop to fill up quickly so please register soon.  Please contact Joel Kirby (in English or German) with a current CV and Headshot at: application@nancybishopcasting.com

Link to original post.

 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Casting Director Lana Veenker to Teach Bend Actors How to Go Pro

by ranielle

Lana is making a rare tour of Southern & Central Oregon in the coming days, stopping in Bend next week to teach one of her popular Tools For Actors workshops.

Casting Director Lana Veenker to Teach Bend Actors How to Go Pro

Posted Nov. 6, 2012

Location casting director of films such as Twilight, Management, Untraceable and Feast of Love brings her successful business-of-acting workshop to Bend November 13.

Casting Director Lana Veenker will teach at Volcanic Theatre Pub. Veenker is the owner of Cast Iron Studios, one of the most successful location casting companies in North America and, over the past decade, has built a career helping actors outside Hollywood break into the business.

She offers Go Pro and Auditioning for TV & Film in regional markets across the country to help actors learn what they need to do to make themselves attractive commodities in their hometowns and beyond.

Link to full article.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Think Hollywood is the only place for an acting career? Think again.

by admin

Regional markets are booming, while production flees Los Angeles.

What does this mean for actors? Find out in Lana’s latest Backstage column!

Think Hollywood Is The Only Place For An Acting Career? Think Again.

By Lana Veenker, CSA | Posted Oct. 10, 2012, 3 p.m.

To the chagrin of many a Hollywood-based actor, production is booming in regional markets. Even with Governor Brown’s recent extension of California’s film tax credits, it’s likely that productions will continue to shoot in incentive states like Louisiana, Michigan and Oregon, as they can be easier on producers’ bottom lines and provide fresh new locations as a backdrop.

What does this mean for actors? Well, if you live in L.A. and you’re not a celebrity, good luck getting cast on a series based halfway across the country. Producers shooting on location often hire only the “name” guest stars out of L.A., with all the smaller guest and co-star roles going to regional actors.

If you’re a skilled actor in a regional production hub, however, your employability just might skyrocket.

Link to full article.

What do you think? Have you had better luck working in L.A. or in a smaller market? Let us know in the comments.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Interview with Casting Directors Paul Weber & Lana Veenker

by admin

In anticipation of their upcoming joint workshops in Portland, Lana Veenker gave Paul Weber a call to talk about what they plan to cover in “The Art of the Audition; The Business of the Art.”

Among other things, Paul mentions that he worked with Michael Shurtleff in his early days as an actor. Both he and Lana agree that Shurleff’s book Audition is essential reading for all actors.

Out of this phone conversation came the suggestion that attendees read the acclaimed book prior to the workshop. It’s not a requirement, but it will certainly help to have everyone on the same page. If you don’t have a copy, find a cheap used one at Powell’s or on Amazon!

Hear more about Paul and Lana, and what participants can expect at The Art of the Audition; The Business of the Art in this 12-minute audio interview:

Paul Weber & Lana Veenker Interview

Use this link, if the player above doesn’t work in your browser:
Paul Weber & Lana Veenker Interview

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Is Acting the Business for You?

by admin

Lana’s first contribution as a Back Stage Expert is now available on Backstage.com. Check it out and take the quiz to decide if you have the mettle for an acting career!

12 Questions to Determine Whether You’re Ready to Pursue Acting

By Lana Veenker, CSA | Posted Oct. 2, 2012, 5:41 p.m.

Think you have the temperament and business sense to survive in the entertainment industry? Take Lana’s self-evaluation quiz and see how you score.

1. Is acting the only career that will make you happy? Would you be miserable if you only pursued acting for fun?

2. Are you comfortable not knowing where your next paycheck will come from? Or realizing that it may depend on something as arbitrary as your looks or the way you deliver a line? Does security sound like death to you?

 

Link to full article.

How did you score? Let us know in the comments below, and if you’re not already following Lana on Twitter and subscribed to her Tools for Actors weekly newsletter, you should be!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Introducing Paul Weber CSA & Lana Veenker CSA

by admin

Hey Portland actors! Spots are still available for our October 27 & 28, 2012 workshops with Paul Weber CSA and Lana Veenker CSA, but our early bird prices won’t last long, so be sure to sign up now if you’re planning to attend!

In case you don’t know Paul, here’s a video to introduce you:

And here’s an oldie with Lana:

If you missed our original blog post about the workshop, you can find it here.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Tools for Actors Workshops in Bend, OR

by ranielle

Cast Iron Studios & Volcanic Theatre Pub
present

TOOLS FOR ACTORS WORKSHOPS
IN BEND, OR

with Casting Director Lana Veenker

 

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2012
This workshop has been canceled due to scheduling conflicts; please register for Tuesday.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2012
6:00PM-10:00PM “Go Pro” and “Auditioning for TV & Film” – $200

REGISTER USING PROMO CODE “SUPERSAVER” & PAY ONLY $189!

 

Volcanic Theatre Pub
70 SW Century Drive
Bend, OR 97702

GO PRO with Lana Veenker

Sometimes talented actors blow their chances, because they don’t understand that it takes more than being a good actor to book jobs.  It takes the mindset and focus of a pro.  This is not an acting or auditioning workshop.  Instead, Lana’s most popular course provides simple, proven techniques to help actors go from amateur to professional.  This workshop is appropriate for actors 18 and older, as well as parents of child actors. (Actors age 14 to 17 accepted, if they’re serious about pursuing a career in acting and have prior experience.)

Topics include:

  • Taking your career into your own hands
  • Making yourself invaluable to agents, casting directors, producers and directors
  • Productivity and creativity
  • Marketing and branding
  • Mapping out a strategy to achieve career and lifestyle goals

 

AUDITIONING FOR TV & FILM

Try your hand at auditioning with real film and television scripts.  Learn techniques and get feedback on how to improve your chances at getting hired.  This workshop is appropriate for actors 18 and older. (Actors age 14 to 17 accepted, if they’re serious about pursuing a career in acting and have prior experience.)

 

ABOUT LANA VEENKER, CSA, ICDN

Lana Veenker CSAWith more than twenty years of experience in the entertainment industry, Lana Veenker’s credits span the globe. Before founding her casting company in 1999, she acted in France, England and Venezuela, lived in India and the West Indies, and helped hire European leads for major studios and networks as part of a London casting office.

In the U.S., she has grown Cast Iron Studios into one of the top location casting companies in the country by working with directors such as Gus Van Sant, Robert Benton, Guillermo Arriaga, Catherine Hardwicke, Frank Oz, Tim Robbins and Sean Penn. Past projects include Twilight, Paranoid Park, Gone, Extraordinary Measures, Management, Feast of Love, and many others.

Her company’s commercial division has spearheaded countless award-winning projects for brands such as Nike, Apple, Nintendo, Intel, Kellogg’s and Volkswagen, and has worked on major international campaigns everywhere from Shanghai to Santiago.

As a member of the International Casting Directors Network and the Casting Society of America, Ms. Veenker maintains strong partnerships worldwide. She speaks French and Spanish, and frequently lectures in the U.S. and abroad, most recently at Prague Film School, The Actors Centre in London, IfiF Productions in Vienna, The Acting Studio in Berlin, Studio Bleu in Paris, and in ports of call from Tonga to Trieste aboard the luxury liner M/V The World. An Oregon native and former expat, her passion is helping actors who live outside Hollywood to succeed.

Please note: This workshop is an educational experience. It is not an audition or employment opportunity. The presence of a casting director is neither a guarantee nor a promise of work. As such, casting director will not be retaining, nor be given access to your headshot, resume or any of your other promotional materials. This workshop and its facilitators adhere to CSA teaching guidelines approved by SAG-AFTRA.

Fine Print

REFUNDS: A full refund will be issued if registrant cancels at least one week prior to start of workshop.  All hardships will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  For any cancellations or refund requests or concerns, you must contact us directly at toolsforactors@castironstudios.com.

Contact Tools For Actors for event and ticket information.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Tools For Actors Workshops in Medford, OR

by ranielle

Cast Iron Studios & Image Modeling Development
present

TOOLS FOR ACTORS WORKSHOPS
IN MEDFORD, OR

with Casting Director Lana Veenker

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2012
10:00AM-2:00PM “GO PRO” (includes lunch break) – $129*
2:00PM-5:00PM “Auditioning for TV & Film” – $129
REGISTER FOR THE SUPER SAVER & GET BOTH WORKSHOPS FOR ONLY $229!

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2012
UPDATE: This workshop has been canceled, due to scheduling conflicts. Please register for Saturday, November 10.

*NOTE: The lecture-style “GO PRO” workshop accommodates more attendees than the “Auditioning for TV & Film” workshop, so a limited number of LECTURE ONLY tickets are available.  Please verify whether you want to register for a FULL DAY (SUPER SAVER) or a LECTURE ONLY ticket before completing your purchase.

IMD (Image Modeling Development)
1257 N Riverside Dr, Suite 10
Medford, OR 97501

GO PRO with Lana Veenker

Sometimes talented actors blow their chances, because they don’t understand that it takes more than being a good actor to book jobs.  It takes the mindset and focus of a pro.  This is not an acting or auditioning workshop.  Instead, Lana’s most popular course provides simple, proven techniques to help actors go from amateur to professional.  This workshop is appropriate for actors 18 and older, as well as parents of child actors. (Actors age 14 to 17 accepted, if they’re serious about pursuing a career in acting and have prior experience.)

Topics include:

  • Taking your career into your own hands
  • Making yourself invaluable to agents, casting directors, producers and directors
  • Productivity and creativity
  • Marketing and branding
  • Mapping out a strategy to achieve career and lifestyle goals

 

AUDITIONING FOR TV & FILM

Try your hand at auditioning with real film and television scripts.  Learn techniques and get feedback on how to improve your chances at getting hired.  This workshop is appropriate for actors 18 and older. (Actors age 14 to 17 accepted, if they’re serious about pursuing a career in acting and have prior experience.)

 

ABOUT LANA VEENKER, CSA, ICDN

Lana Veenker CSAWith more than twenty years of experience in the entertainment industry, Lana Veenker’s credits span the globe. Before founding her casting company in 1999, she acted in France, England and Venezuela, lived in India and the West Indies, and helped hire European leads for major studios and networks as part of a London casting office.

In the U.S., she has grown Cast Iron Studios into one of the top location casting companies in the country by working with directors such as Gus Van Sant, Robert Benton, Guillermo Arriaga, Catherine Hardwicke, Frank Oz, Tim Robbins and Sean Penn. Past projects include Twilight, Paranoid Park, Gone, Extraordinary Measures, Management, Feast of Love, and many others.

Her company’s commercial division has spearheaded countless award-winning projects for brands such as Nike, Apple, Nintendo, Intel, Kellogg’s and Volkswagen, and has worked on major international campaigns everywhere from Shanghai to Santiago.

As a member of the International Casting Directors Network and the Casting Society of America, Ms. Veenker maintains strong partnerships worldwide. She speaks French and Spanish, and frequently lectures in the U.S. and abroad, most recently at Prague Film School, The Actors Centre in London, IfiF Productions in Vienna, The Acting Studio in Berlin, Studio Bleu in Paris, and in ports of call from Tonga to Trieste aboard the luxury liner M/V The World. An Oregon native and former expat, her passion is helping actors who live outside Hollywood to succeed.

Please note: This workshop is an educational experience. It is not an audition or employment opportunity. The presence of a casting director is neither a guarantee nor a promise of work. As such, casting director will not be retaining, nor be given access to your headshot, resume or any of your other promotional materials. This workshop and its facilitators adhere to CSA teaching guidelines approved by SAG-AFTRA.

Fine Print

REFUNDS: A full refund will be issued if registrant cancels at least one week prior to start of workshop.  All hardships will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  For any cancellations or refund requests or concerns, you must contact us directly at toolsforactors@castironstudios.com.

Contact Tools For Actors for event and ticket information.

Friday, September 21, 2012

8 Ways for Kids to Stand Out at a Commercial Audition

by admin

Backstage.com recently checked in with Lana to find out her top tips for kids going out on commercial auditions.

Read up to make sure your child actor is equipped with the tools for success:

8 Ways for Kids to Stand Out at a Commercial Audition

By Mary Wheeler | Posted Sept. 10, 2012, 4:47 p.m.

Lana Veenker, CSA, ICDN, founder and president of Cast Iron Studios, shares these eight tips on how kids can standout at commercial auditions. Veenker and Cast Iron Studios have been casting commercials for 14 years including everything from small regional spots and PSAs to international campaigns for clients like Nike, Intel, Nintendo, Apple, Colgate, BMW, Ford, and Chrysler.

1. Look like your headshot.

It doesn’t make sense to spend a fortune on kids’ headshots, since they’ll need to be updated frequently. However, it’s crucial that they reflect how the child currently looks. If your child is 9, but his/her photo shows them at 7, they’ll get passed over when we’re looking for nine-year-olds. They’ll also get called in mistakenly when we’re looking for seven-year-olds, which is a waste of everyone’s time. (A headshot photographer once told me, “If you’re getting called in for the wrong jobs, you’re not getting called in for the right ones.”)

Link to full article.

 

What do you think?  Feel free to leave us a comment and share this article with other parents!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Changes to Parking Around Cast Iron Studios

by ranielle

We recently received a letter notifying us that the Zone G Area Parking Permit Program is expanding for the Central Eastside Industrial District.  Nearly half of all on-street parking in the district is unregulated, which results in a significant number of employees from downtown and the Lloyd District parking their vehicles in the Central Eastside during the day to avoid parking costs in downtown and the Lloyd District.

An expanded permit program will increase on-street parking for employees of the district and their patrons by designating more spaces as 2-hour time limits or permit parking.  As you can see on the map, the majority of the CEID will now allow permit parking with either 2-hour or 3-hour visitor time limits.

What does this mean for you?

Over the next several months, as the permit area expands, visitors to our office should be paying very close attention to all posted signs, as ticketing will likely ramp up for any violations.

UPDATE!  Check out Portland Streetcar’s Central Loop Line for a great transportation alternative.


Saturday, September 8, 2012

He only acts to support…his bartending career?

by admin

Many moons ago, when Lana and a few friends were running a small theatre company, she cast a stage actor named Brian Van Flandern in a play she was directing. Not long after, Brian moved to New York City to pursue his acting career.

Like any good actor, he found a job as a bartender, and kept his nose to the grindstone.

Within a few years, Brian was making regular appearances on national and international television, jet setting around the world, and hob-nobbing with celebrities.

Not as an actor…but as a world-renowned MIXOLOGIST!

 

Read his amazing success story.

It just goes to show that you never know where your acting career is going to take you.  It may sometimes veer off in surprising directions, but ones that may be equally fulfilling, if you embrace them. (Lana herself started off as an actor, then stage director, before falling into a job at a casting company in London. You can read up on that adventure here.)

Both stories are excellent reminders that if you remain open to possibilities and keep an eye out for opportunities, your passions can transform into lucrative endeavors. The key is to identify a deep and narrow niche; in Brian’s case: high-end designer cocktails, Michelin three-star service and a winning stage presence!

Check out some of Brian’s recent TV appearances:

Follow him on Twitter.  And pick up his best-selling book, Classic Cocktails:

 

Friday, August 10, 2012

Submit Your Tips For Getting Off-Book

by ranielle

We’ve seen some hot discussions lately on Facebook and some industry blogs about what it means in the grand scheme of auditioning to be off-book (or close enough to off-book, even for a near-cold read).  Given the same 24 to 48 hours to prepare for a television audition, who do you think is going to most impress the director and producers: the actor whose nose is buried in his sides so we only see the top of his head on the monitor, or the actor who commands the audition room by ensuring that every time she speaks she is listening to and connecting with the reader?

We all know the usual tips for memorizing lines.  Repeat them ad nauseum.  Record yourself and listen during your commute.  Write them out long hand.

We’re looking for some new tips on memorization and getting off-book.  What’s your tried-and-true method?  How do you deal with preparing for auditions when you have a quick turnaround between getting that audition notice and getting into the room?  Leave your tips and tricks in the comments section below.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Young Actress From “Grimm” Pilot In Talent Deal

by ranielle

You may remember a news item we shared earlier this year about young Sophia Mitri Schloss, whom we cast as little Robin in the pilot episode of “Grimm”.  It looks like Sophia is making headlines once more, this time signing a talent holding deal with Universal TV.  Congrats again, Sophia!

Click here for full news story at Deadline.com.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Fatal Devotion Tonight On ABC’s “Final Witness”

by ranielle

Lanie Hoyo as MaryJane Longo and Dirk Wallace as Christian Longo in ABC’s “Final Witness”

The new ABC series “Final Witness” is a true-crime series offering a unique perspective on some of the nation’s most shocking murders.  Tonight, the third episode in the series will air at 10PM|9PM Central.  The story of MaryJane Longo and her husband Christian was filmed last summer, in large part, in Oregon and cast locally by Cast Iron Studios.

UPDATE: Catch the episode online in its entirety here.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Former ‘Oprah Show’ Staffer Joins Cast Iron Studios

by admin

Former Oprah Show staffer, Gwen Martin, recently joined the ranks at Portland’s premiere casting company, Cast Iron Studios, as Director of Development & Marketing. Gwen brings nearly a decade of television experience to the veteran company that is currently casting for NBC’s Grimm and TNT’s Leverage, among other projects.

Gwen Martin joins CIS after nearly a decade on The Oprah Show.

In November of 2011, Cast Iron Studios’ President, Lana Veenker, rebranded the company (formerly Lana Veenker Casting) and launched a new development division. “Gwen brings extraordinary production experience to the Cast Iron Studios team. After planning, producing and executing more than 60 episodes of The Oprah Show, she adds a wealth of knowledge and great production instincts to our development division,” says Veenker. “We are thrilled to have her on board and as part of our production community.”

As Director of Development and Marketing, Martin will be overseeing new commercial casting accounts as well as exploring exciting development opportunities for the company.  Martin is passionate about bringing more production work to Oregon, and has been actively involved as a volunteer at the Oregon Media Production Association, among other organizations.

Cast Iron Studios’ most recent project, a public service announcement aimed at helping stop the use of rape as a weapon of war in Congo, is set to launch this spring. In addition to the PSA, the company is currently helping to develop the script of a feature film that takes place in Paris, using Veenker’s overseas connections to line up the international cast.

ABOUT CAST IRON STUDIOS

Since 1999, Cast Iron Studios has cast thousands of actors in hundreds of projects, including national and international campaigns for brands such as Nike, Apple and Nintendo, blockbuster films such as Twilight, and the hit television series Grimm and Leverage.

To stay apprised of all of Cast Iron Studios’ news and updates, please subscribe to our quarterly newsletter here.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Film Industry Power Players Meet Mayoral Candidate Eileen Brady

by ranielle

On Sunday, January 8th, Cast Iron Studios and On Par Production Services hosted the first in a series of events inviting film industry power players to meet with the mayoral candidates.  Our first guest was Eileen Brady.  The purpose of these events is to get to know the candidates, discuss the issues that matter to the film industry in Oregon and get their take on them.

Eileen Brady addresses meet & greet attendees

Among those in attendance were Director John Kent Harrison, Governor’s Office of Film & Television Executive Director Vince Porter, Strategist Sharon Kitzhaber, Bruce Lawson of BLT Productions, former Film & Video Liaison for the Portland Mayor’s Office of Film & Video Michael Fine, and current Film and Video Liaison Shelly Midthun.

Eileen Brady wearing a prop from Grimm
Lana Veenker, Bruce Lawson, and John Kent Harrison chat with Eileen Brady
Sara Burton of On Par Production Services with Eileen Brady
Vince Porter and Michael Fine
Nathalie Sept talks to Eileen Brady
Sharon Kitzhaber talks to Michele Carnes Ellis
Lana Veenker
Kristin Leppert
Andrew Shakman, Lisa Shannon and Ranielle Gray

Photos by Frank DiMarco.

The event also featured the artwork of Orianna Herrman Milne.  Here’s just a sampling of pieces currently on display at Cast Iron Studios.

“Upon Your Shore”
Untitled
“Sun and Roots”
Untitled

For more information about Orianna’s artwork, please contact her at ohvox[at]yahoo[dot]com.

 

 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

FORGE: Cast Iron Studios is Launched

by admin

On Saturday, November 5th, the team at Cast Iron Studios threw a VIP reception for contributors to its “F*ck Apathy” PSA campaign, followed by a launch party of the company’s new brand and services, in celebration of its 12th year in business.

John O’Connell and Bruce Lawson at FORGE

In attendance were Cast Iron’s clients from companies such as Wieden + Kennedy and CMD, model and talent agents such as Justin Habel of Q6 and Kaili Carlton of Arthouse Talent & Literary, cast and crews of NBC’s “Grimm” and the new FX pilot “Legit,” as well as the production team of the “F*ck Apathy” PSA, including director Andrew Warnecke, producer Heather Harlow and director of photography Gary Nolton.

Gary Nolton and Heather Harlow at FORGE

Additional sightings included musician Holcombe Waller, former Oprah producer Gwen Martin, director Peter O’Fallon, cinematographer Walt Lloyd, performers from LiveWire! Radio, The 3rd Floor and Sweat, music promoter Pennie “Lane” Trumbull, author and activist Lisa Shannon, filmmakers/graphic artists The Pander Bros, and a host of others who have been supportive of our efforts since the early days.

Check out photos of the shenanigans!

Arnold Pander and Jacob Pander at FORGE
Jonny Schultz, Holcombe Waller and Kavita Jhaveri at FORGE
Shilpa Sunthankar and Aaron Cohen at FORGE

More photos by Frank DiMarco

(Stay tuned for our photo booth photos by Nicholas Gunderson!)

 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Lana Veenker Casting is now Cast Iron Studios

by admin

We’re happy to announce a big change! After more than a decade in business, Lana Veenker Casting has become Cast Iron Studios, and we’re ready to celebrate all the growth and hard work that’s brought us to this moment.

We’re still the Northwest’s premiere film and television casting company, and we’re now delving into production development as well.

Why the new name?
For a long time, Lana has wanted to honor the contributions of her team, by taking her name out of the company moniker. And she’s keen to tackle new challenges, by playing a larger part in the productions that cross her desk.

 

 

In her new role as Executive Producer, she’ll maintain her involvement in film and television casting, while vetting projects of her own to shepherd through the production process.

Casting Director Eryn Goodman will continue to head up primary casting duties, while Office Dominatrix Ranielle Gray (henceforward Associate Producer) will keep the gears running at all cylinders.

Please keep up with us on our new Facebook page at http://facebook.com/castironstudios and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/castironstudios.

And, of course, right here on our blog.

Join us as we forge forward!

 

Friday, April 23, 2010

John Travolta, Patrick Wilson and more at Sunscreen Film Festival

by admin

After teaching a few workshops back in November for the Sunscreen Film Festival, I was excited to be invited back to St. Petersburg, Florida for their main shindig last weekend!

There was an excellent line up, with actors such as John Travolta (Wild Hogs, Pulp Fiction), Patrick Wilson (Watchmen), Alexa Vega (Spy Kids, Spy Kids 2), Bill Cobbs (Night at the Museum), Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back), Ethan Suplee (My Name is Earl), our own Ayanna Berkshire (Twilight, Extraordinary Measures) and Solomon Trimble (Twilight)–plus Ralph Winter (Producer of X-Men 1-3, Wolverine, Fantastic Four and Star Trek 2-4), Sean Covel and Doc Wyatt (Producers of Napoleon Dynamite), Dean Batali (Producer/Head Writer of That 70’s Show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) Phil Cooke (Director and Producer of Christian Films), Leo Partible (Comic Author-Producer), Michael Tolcher (Composer/Musician for Scrubs, One Tree Hill and ESPN).

On Saturday, I arrived on a red-eye flight, took a quick shower and raced over to sit on a panel with Solomon, Patrick, Ayanna, Alexa and Ethan to talk with actors about the biz.



In the evening, we attended the Festival Awards Ceremony and Party, featuring John Travolta and hosted by Paul Wilson, who then hit the stage with brothers Patrick and Mark for a special musical performance that brought down the house.

Many thanks to Tony Armer and Dave DeBorde of Sunscreen Film Festival and Sibyl Lazzara, actress and board member, whose support was instrumental in getting me there!

Click here to view more photos by Brad Kugler, Photographer Extraordinaire.

 

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Aldis Hodge and more at Leverage Boot Camp

by admin

Exciting news!

Series regular Aldis Hodge will participate in our Sunday Q&A at Leverage Boot Camp this weekend. Aldis plays Alec Hardison, the Leverage team’s hacker. Please come and welcome him back to Portland for another 15 episodes!

Other guests include Series Creators/Executive Producers John Rogers and Chris Downey on videoconference at our Saturday Behind-the-Scenes and Producer/Director Marc Roskin Skyping in during our Saturday Q&A.

John Rogers has written for “Transformers,” “Eureka” and was a Writer/Producer on “The Cosby Show.”

Chris Downey is the former Writer/Executive Producer of “King of Queens.”

Marc Roskin has been Executive Producer on “The Librarian,” “Blank Slate” and others. Last season, he directed an audience favorite, The Tap-Out Job, as well as The Three Days of the Hunter Job, The Runway Job and The Future Job, airing on February 3rd.

Click to register.