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!
Wow! Check out this news item, folks. Sophia Mitri Schloss, whom we cast as little “Robin”, the young girl wearing the red hoodie and kidnapped by the Big Bad Wolf (or Blutbad, for those in the know) in the “Grimm” pilot episode, has been cast in the title role in a new NBC comedy pilot, “Isabel”.
Congratulations, Sophia! We’re so proud!
In case you missed this the other day, Oregon filmmakers visited the State Capitol in Salem last week to testify before the Joint Tax Credit Committee on HB 2167, the bill that would extend and expand our state film incentive program.
Committee members later said that this hearing was a model for how legislative hearings should go, as Oregon film industry members painted a very clear picture of the value of our incentive program from every possible angle.
Legislators first heard testimony from Dean Devlin, Executive Producer of TNT’s Leverage, Vince Porter, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Film and Television, Steve Oster, Producer of the NBC pilot Grimm and former Executive Director of the Film Office.
They were followed by producers, crew members and vendors from around the state, a talent agent and casting director (moi!), and two representatives from educational institutions offering Film Studies programs.
As Co-Chair Berger summed it up: “This has been a real revelation of an industry that some of us, we only see what’s up in front, we don’t see all the things that are going on behind. Fascinating.”
You can listen to the audio of the hearing here:
RealPlayer required (free download here).
Film production is off the charts in Oregon right now, thanks in large part to OPIF, our state film incentive program!
Casting is underway for three major film and television projects at Lana Veenker Casting, including Season 4 of TNT’s “Leverage,” starring Timothy Hutton,
a new pilot for NBC called “Grimm” starring David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Russell Hornsby and Bitsie Tulloch,
|David Giuntoli (left), Silas Weir Mitchell (right)|
and a feature film for Lakeshore Entertainment called “Gone,” starring Amanda Seyfried.
To find out how to get involved in these productions as an actor or extra, CLICK HERE to jump to the bottom of the page.
OTHER PRODUCTIONS IN OREGON
“Portlandia,” the IFC series starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, has just been picked up for 10 more episodes, scheduled to debut next January,
and producers should be finding out soon whether or not “Brain Trust,” the TBS pilot that shot here in December, starring D.B. Sweeney and Michael Urie, will be going to series!
|D.B. Sweeney (left), Michael Urie (right)|
Congrats to everyone involved in Oregon film and television production. This year is shaping up to be our busiest yet!
Moreover, our homegrown productions are gaining national and international attention:
SPECIAL SCREENING OF “MEEK’S CUTOFF”
On March 15th at 7:00 PM in Salem, there will be a special screening of “Meek’s Cutoff” starring Michelle Williams, which recently shot in Eastern Oregon, and was shown at Sundance, Toronto and Venice Film Festivals. Come show your support for the Oregon film industry, and all of the clean, green, family-wage, high-tech jobs we are creating all across the state!
“RID OF ME” TO PREMIERE AT TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
Tribeca Film Festival in New York has just announced that feature film “Rid of Me,” directed by James Westby and produced by Katie O’Grady, and shot entirely in Oregon, will premiere in April 2011 as part of its Viewpoints lineup. Not to miss!
Bravo to all the hardworking cast and crew who make these productions possible.
NOTE: This information is for extras and actors who live in the Pacific Northwest.
INFO FOR EXTRAS:
For information on working as an extra on “Leverage” or “Gone,” please contact Extras Only.
For information on working as an extra on “Grimm,” please keep an eye out on Portland Craigslist, under Talent Gigs. Any openings will be posted there.
INFO FOR PROFESSIONAL ACTORS:
If you are a professional actor based in Oregon or Washington and you are NOT represented by a talent agency, you can create a free profile in our casting database.
- Go to The Casting Frontier
- Create a Basic (Free) profile in the Pacific NW Region
- Fill your profile out completely, including your headshot and resume
- Send the Public Link of your profile to talent[at]slateplease[dot]com, subject line: NW Actor Submission
Hint: Your public link contains a lot of random letters and numbers. If there aren’t a lot of random letters and numbers, it’s not a link we can use.
ACTORS SEEKING REPRESENTATION
If you are seeking representation in the Northwest, please contact SAG or AFTRA for a list of franchised agencies, or check the Production Directory on the OMPA website under Talent Agencies.
NOTE: We are a casting company, not a talent agency, so we don’t represent actors. Creating a Casting Frontier profile will put you in our database, but you still need an agent to promote you!
If you are a professional actor based in Oregon or Washington and you ARE represented by a talent agent, you should already be on Casting Frontier. There is no need for you to resubmit or self-submit. Just let your agent know you’re interested and available, and they’ll do the rest.
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.