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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!



 

Friday, December 15, 2017

7th Annual Meals for Monologues Post Game

by ranielle

Thank you once again to everyone, near and far, who participated in our 7th Annual Meals for Monologues event on November 28, 2017.

Casting Director Eryn Goodman CSA, Casting Associate Ranielle Gray CSA, and Front-of-House Assistant Kristen Epland.

Through both the in-person donations by actors at our office plus the monetary donations made by actors using our self-tape option, we collected 420 pounds of food and $1,041.60 in donations. All combined, that’s enough to provide 3,460 meals to people in need this holiday season.

As always, we couldn’t do it without all of you, our wonderful community. We look forward to next year!

Friday, October 20, 2017

7th Annual Meals for Monologues

by ranielle

We here at Cast Iron Studios are firm believers in giving back, especially during the holiday season.  We’re happy to announce our seventh annual “Meals for Monologues” canned food drive-slash-holiday get-together.

Meals for Monologues
Food Drive Benefiting

&

Cookies ‘n Cocoa
with

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM* (M4M)
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (cookies)

1430 SE 3rd Ave, Suite 100
Portland, OR 97214

3 NON-PERISHABLES
GET YOU SEEN BY A CASTING DIRECTOR
** FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED — AUDITION SLOTS ARE LIMITED **

Actors from far and wide, you’re invited to come to our offices for an open general audition call, where you can be seen by a casting director in exchange for three (3) non-perishable food items benefiting the Oregon Food Bank.

  • Bring HEADSHOT & RESUME (stapled back-to-back or resume printed on back of photo).
  • Perform a short, prepared monologue (or two!) of your own choosing.
  • Choose a contemporary piece (we just don’t cast much Shakespeare).
  • Audition slots are 2 MINUTES MAX, so make the best use of your time!
  • No appointment necessary.  No phone calls.  One day only.  First come, first served. There are only so many auditions we can squeeze into the day; we appreciate your understanding if we run out of time!
  • If you’re a repped actor and a regular to our studio, we encourage you to drop off your non-perishables and leave audition slots open to the unrepped actors who may be new to us. (Repped and still want us to see what you’ve got? Try the self-tape option! Details below.)
  • Collection bins will be in our office from 11/20-12/1, for those unable to attend/donate on the day.

COOKIES ‘N COCOA

Join us at the end of the day for an assortment of cookies and a hot cocoa! We’ll provide the sweet treats, you provide the Oregon Food Bank donations and good cheer!

*No auditions will take place 12:00PM-12:30PM & 3:30PM-4:00PM to give Casting Directors a short break.

Not sure what to bring? Check out OFB’s list of Most Wanted Items and this article on How to Donate Food So It Won’t Go to Waste.

Spread the word! RSVP and share our Facebook Event.

SELF-TAPE AUDITIONS BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Not in Portland, but still want to audition? Repped by an agent, regularly seen at our office, and helping us out by leaving audition slots open to unrepped talent who may be new to us? We will accept demo reels or self-tapes from actors who are Oregon local hires, in exchange for a screenshot of your donation to the Oregon Food Bank. Submission must be received by November 28th to guarantee viewing by our casting directors. See instructions below.

SELF-TAPE SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS FOR OUT-OF-TOWN ACTORS

  • You must be an OREGON LOCAL HIRE to submit for this general audition.
  • Self-taped monologue or professional demo reel must be no longer than TWO MINUTES.
  • If self-taping, be sure you are framed in a CLOSE-UP (head and shoulders), with good lighting and sound. Typically, you would direct your lines to the side of camera, not directly into the lens (it may help to use a real human off-camera).
  • Submission MUST be a LINK to view your video online, NOT a FILE attached to your email. Upload your video to VimeoYouTube or a similar platform and send us the direct URL only. Emails containing video attachments will be deleted.
  • You may password-protect your video, but be sure to send us the password with your submission.
  • Go to http://oregonfoodbank.org/donatenow to make your donation.
  • Please list “Meals for Monologues” in the Leave a comment text box on the donation form.
  • Please send a screenshot or PDF of your donation receipt with your submission.
  • You may include one headshot and resume (or a link to an online casting profile) with your submission.
  • Include your name, contact information, and city where you are currently based.
  • Please confirm in your email that you are a local hire.
  • Email submission to talent[at]castironstudios.com, subject heading: M4M Local Hire. (Replace [at] with @ in the email address.)
  • Deadline for self-tape submissions is November 28, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST. We cannot guarantee your video will be reviewed if received after the deadline.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Casting Call: Stand-Ins for HBO Series, August 15-19, 2017

by admin

Calling all Oregon/SW Washington stand-ins and people with significant on-set experience!

We’re looking for STAND-INS for the Untitled Alan Ball HBO Series, shooting in Portland August 15-19, 2017.

If you fit the specs below, have pretty open availability on our dates, and know your way confidently around a TV or film set, please fill out our Extras Submission Form ASAP, and include in the notes that you’re applying for a STAND-IN role.

All roles are paid at $123.50 for a 9.5 hour guarantee, plus overtime. Deadline is Thursday, August 10th, 2017.

STAND-IN ROLES:

ROLE #1: Middle-Eastern Male, age 18-30, 5’9″, 126 lbs, black hair

ROLE #2: Caucasian Male, age 20-40, 6’0″, 195 lbs, wavy brown to reddish-brown hair

ROLE #3: Latino Male, age 18-30, 6’1″, 165 lbs, shoulder-length dark brown hair

ROLE #4: Caucasian Male, age 20-40, 5’11”, 170 lbs, wavy dark brown hair

ROLE #5: Caucasian Male, age 45-65, 6’5″, 240 lbs, grey hair

Do you fit one of the descriptions above? Apply now:

Extras Submission Form

NOTES:

Being a stand-in is an important job that requires you to know and duplicate every action that your character does, so we are especially interested in people with prior experience.

If you’ve never done it before, but have worked several times on set, we might still consider you, if your sizes very closely match our actors and you can follow detailed instructions.

If you don’t fit these specs, but have done lots of stand-in work in the past, you may still complete the application form. Let us know that you are applying for future stand-in work.

PS: If you previously filled out our Extras Submission Form, we already have your information on file and will be in contact if you are the right type for one of the roles we are casting. No need to complete a new application. Thanks!

Please, no phone calls or drop-by visits. No other roles are available at this time. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates and future casting calls.

 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Casting Call: Late 20s or Early 30s Portland Couple for Credit Union Commercial

by ranielle

SEEKING: An awesome couple in their late 20s or early 30s living in and enjoying the Portland community.*

The commercial will be documentary-style, following the couple in their house, out and about in town at their favorite hangouts, or on nature adventures with them. Couple should be interested in sharing their lives, their home, their interests, their hobbies, and their favorite places to be in and around Portland.

*No visible tattoos, please. If they can be easily covered up, that’s OK!

CASTING: Monday, May 22, 2017 – BY APPOINTMENT ONLY; LIMITED NUMBER AVAILABLE**
CALLBACK: TBD
SHOOTS: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 -or- Wednesday, June 14, 2017
SHOOT LOCATION: Portland, OR (and perhaps your house and favorite hangouts!)
PAY: $1,250 per person

Sound like you or someone you know? Send an email ASAP to talent@castironstudios.com with the following info:

  1. First and Last Name of Both Members of the Couple
  2. Contact Phone Number(s)
  3. FOUR PHOTOS: One of each of you separately, one of you together, and one of your home; these can be photos you’ve already taken, or photos you snap with your cell phone just for this submission, but please be sure they resemble the way you look today! They DO NOT need to be professional photos.
  4. Let us know if you have a connection to OnPoint, such as a checking/savings account, home mortgage loan, or other membership. Please note: OnPoint connection is NOT required to submit for this casting.

**Once we receive your email, we will review your submission. If you are a good fit, you will be contacted with an appointment time. Please confirm your appointment quickly; otherwise, we may replace you with the next suitable submission.

Check out last year’s spot to get an idea of the style and scope!

No phone calls, please.

If you are represented by a talent agent, please have them submit you through Casting Frontier for this opportunity. This notice is meant for unrepresented talent.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Casting Call: Extras Experienced at Driving On-Set

by admin

Cast Iron Studios is currently seeking extras with EXPERIENCE DRIVING ON-SET for a major television series shooting in and around Portland, Oregon on April 24-26, 2017, and returning on several more occasions throughout the summer.

This is not a call for on-set precision drivers (although if you have that experience, please go ahead and submit; we may need you, too!).

This is a call for extras who have previously brought their own car to set and driven it during a film or TV shoot.

The positions are non-union, and paid at competitive rates. No agency fees.

Those who have previous on-set driving experience should send their Casting Frontier Public Profile link* to talent[at]castironstudios[dot]com.

Please include the subject line: On-Set Driver, and let us know in the body of your email if you are available April 24, 25 and 26, 2017.

If you fit the requirements, but do not have a Casting Frontier profile, please create one:

  • Go to The Casting Frontier
  • Create a Basic (Free) profile in the Pacific NW Region
  • Fill out your profile completely, including headshot, wardrobe sizes, resume (detailing previous on-set driving experience) and contact information
  • Send your Public Profile link* to talent[at]castironstudios[dot]com.
  • Include the subject line: On-Set Driver.
  • Let us know in the body of your email if you are available April 24, 25 and 26, 2017.

*Hint: Your Public Profile link contains a lot of random letters and numbers. (This URL won’t take us to your unique profile: https://database.castingfrontier.com/account/my_profile.)

You can send us your Public Profile link by selecting More Options from your profile page, then choosing either Public Profile, which opens a new window where you can grab the URL from the address bar, or Share Profile, which will email your Public Profile to us. See example below:

Thanks, and good luck!

NOTE: This casting call is for experienced on-set drivers (and precision drivers) only. Please do not submit for these positions unless you meet the requirements. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or join our Tools for Actors mailing list to stay apprised of upcoming casting calls. No phone calls, please.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A grim future for Portland’s film industry?

by admin

Don’t let the Portland Business Tribune‘s headline scare you!*

While we might not see another Grimm for a while, there are lots of productions coming down the pike in Oregon, from cable series (including The Librarians Season 4), to projects for newer digital platforms (think Hulu, YouTube Red, Amazon and the like), to independent features and commercials.

That’s not even counting the magic happening over at LAIKA and other animation companies, our thriving video game production scene, nor the forays into virtual reality and augmented reality, all taking place right here in Oregon.

In all, we’d say that in terms of the entertainment industry, the future is bright for Portland and the whole state!

*We just had to be a little coy at the Portland Business Alliance breakfast, as many of the projects hadn’t been announced yet. Stay tuned!

A grim future for Portland’s film industry?

‘The Librarians’ will soon be the only series being filmed in Portland.

A mystery worthy of Grimm hung over a discussion of the Oregon film and video industry last Wednesday morning.

To be solved, what is the next major TV series to be shot in Portland after the popular supernatural thriller on NBC wraps up its sixth and final season this year?

Lobbyist Janice Shokrian, executive director of the Oregon Media Production Association, said she has some clues but is sworn to secrecy. Although Shokrian said some new shows are in the works, the next Portland-based one might not be a conventional seasonal network show like Grimm or Portlandia, the cult comedy nearing the end of its run on IFC.

“Traditional series are not something that many companies want to invest in anymore,” said Shokrian, explaining that one-time and short-run series on such subscription-based media platforms as Hulu and YouTube Red are becoming more and more popular.

The question of what follows Grimm and Portlandia in Portland is not merely one about entertainment options. As the Portland Business Alliance learned at its monthly breakfast forum, such productions pump millions of dollars into the state, regional and local economies every year. Film and TV production companies have spent over $350 million on wages, supplies and services in Oregon over the past year and a half, said Shokrian, whose organization was formed in 1982 to advocate for more such productions in the state.

Link to full article.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Oregon Film Industry in the News

by Georgia Luke

Lana Veenker and Oregon Film Commissioner Tim Williams recently sat down with Mary Loos from KATU to talk about Oregon’s growing film industry. Grimm and Portlandia have ended, but their success, along with Oregon’s reputation and film incentive, make the possibility of higher quality productions in the future probable.

Monday, January 9, 2017

6th Annual Meals for Monologues Post Game

by ranielle

We have just one word for you all: WOW!

Our 6th Annual Meals for Monologues event on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 was the BIGGEST. YEAR. EVER.

Photo by Deneb Catalan from 2014 Meals for Monologues.
Photo by Deneb Catalan from 2014 Meals for Monologues.

When you combine a fabulous turnout of actors in our office with the number of actors utilizing our self tape option (nearly tripled from 2015!), we collected 595 pounds of food and $1,395.12 in donations. All combined, that’s enough to provide 4,681 meals. That is double the amount of meals we’ve donated in any other year.

“…[this] blows our average drive out of the water,” reported Kyle Hummel, Corporate and Community Relations Coordinator for the Oregon Food Bank. “I can’t state enough how lucky we (OFB) and our community are to be able to work with such a thoughtful group like [Cast Iron studios] and your clients. Amazing stuff right there and I hope you take as much pride in those numbers as we do in working with you to help achieve them.”

So there you have it, folks. You have truly outdone yourselves! Thank you once again to everyone who participated, both near and far and far and wide. We couldn’t do it without you and your generosity is a testament to the acting and production community as a whole.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Another Successful Year for the NW Talent Diversity Initiative

by Georgia Luke

It’s a wrap!

On November 12th, the 2016 Talent Diversity Initiative students completed their six-week program with a reception at Cast Iron Studios.
Our 32 first-year students were joined by a group of 16 intermediate students who were able to come back for more training, thanks to the support and generosity of the Portland Film Office and the Governor’s Office of Film and Television.
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The need for more diverse actors in shows like The Librarians and Grimm is what led to the creation of the Initiative in 2015.
Turner Network Television, whose series The Librarians shoots in Portland, has been a primary financial partner in the project both years, thanks to their Manager of Casting, Alexis Booth.
Additional support was provided by Milagro Theatre, The August Wilson Red Door Project and Artists Repertory Theatre.
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The TDI has been lucky enough to provide excellent coaching by some of Portland’s best: Scott Rogers of Scott Rogers Studios and Jana Lee Hamblin of Act Now Studio returned this year to teach our intermediate program. Kristina Haddad of The Actor’s Lab Portland, and Ben Newman of Portland Actors Conservatory came on board in 2016 to work with our first-year students.
Their passion and enthusiasm was contagious, which really helped spark the desire to succeed in their students. Ben recently wrote:

“Being asked to teach–anything really–but especially something I’ve spent the majority of my life pursuing, is the greatest affirmation one can hope for. Empowering ‘young’ actors to reach full potential has quickly become the most rewarding thing in my life over the past few years. This group was no exception. Humility is key, but I’d venture to say that a few of these people had some big moments of self discovery. It also seems like they made some new and important friendships.”

As part of the application process, the nominees were able to list what specific things they felt they needed to work on in order to become more successful. Acting on camera, audition jitters, memorizing lines and taking direction are just a few examples of skills that they wanted to work on. Coaches Ben Newman and Kristina Haddad took this list into consideration when they planned their classes.
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The first-year program culminated on Saturday with mock auditions, two break-out sessions on special skills by Fight Choreographer Kendall Wells and Dialect Coach Mary MacDonald-Lewis, a Q&A with the Cast Iron Studios team, plus special guest speaker Norberto Barba, Director and Executive Producer on five seasons of Grimm. Norberto serves on the DGA Diversity Committee, as well as their Latino Committee and Creative Rights Committee, and shared invaluable information with our graduates.
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The second-year students joined our first-year students at a post-graduation reception at CIS.

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Cast Iron Studios is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive talent pool in the Northwest, and wants to thank all of its generous sponsors. We would love to see this program expand and flourish in the coming years, perhaps one day becoming its own entity!
PS: Check out our full photo gallery here, courtesy of NebCat Photography.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

6th Annual Meals for Monologues

by ranielle

We here at Cast Iron Studios are firm believers in giving back, especially during the holiday season.  We’re happy to announce our sixth annual “Meals for Monologues” canned food drive-slash-holiday get-together.

Meals for Monologues
Food Drive Benefiting

&

Cookies ‘n Cocoa
with

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM* (M4M)
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM (cookies)

1430 SE 3rd Ave, Suite 100
Portland, OR 97214

3 NON-PERISHABLES
GETS YOU SEEN BY A CASTING DIRECTOR
** FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED — AUDITION SLOTS ARE LIMITED **

Actors from far and wide, you’re invited to come to our offices for an open general audition call, where you can be seen by a casting director in exchange for three (3) non-perishable food items benefiting the Oregon Food Bank.

  • Bring HEADSHOT & RESUME (stapled back-to-back or resume printed on back of photo).
  • Perform a short, prepared monologue (or two!) of your own choosing.
  • Choose a contemporary piece (we just don’t cast much Shakespeare).
  • Audition slots are 2 MINUTES MAX, so make the best use of your time!
  • No appointment necessary.  No phone calls.  One day only.  First come, first served. There are only so many auditions we can squeeze into the day; we appreciate your understanding if we run out of time!
  • If you’re a repped actor and a regular to our studio, we encourage you to drop off your non-perishables and leave audition slots open to the unrepped actors who may be new to us. (Repped and still want us to see what you’ve got? Try the self-tape option! Details below.)
  • Collection bins will be in our office from around Thanksgiving to the week after the event (specific dates TBD by OFB barrel delivery schedule), for those unable to attend/donate on the day.

COOKIES ‘N COCOA

Join us at the end of the day for an assortment of cookies and a hot cocoa! We’ll provide the sweet treats, you provide the Oregon Food Bank donations and good cheer!

*No auditions will take place 2:00PM-2:30PM to give Casting Directors a short break.

We’re looking to crack 1,000 lbs of food again this year! Not sure what to bring? Check out OFB’s list of Most Wanted Items and this article on How to Donate Food So It Won’t Go to Waste.

Spread the word!  You can join our event on Facebook.

SELF-TAPE AUDITIONS BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Not in Portland, but still want to audition? Repped by an agent, regularly seen at our office, and helping us out by leaving audition slots open to unrepped talent who may be new to us? We will accept demo reels or self-tapes from actors who are Oregon local hires (meaning you have a physical address in Oregon and/or are repped by an Oregon talent agency), in exchange for a screenshot of your donation to the Oregon Food Bank. Submission must be received by December 6th to guarantee viewing by our casting directors. See instructions below.

SELF-TAPE SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS FOR OUT-OF-TOWN ACTORS

  • You must be an OREGON LOCAL HIRE to submit for this general audition.
  • Self-taped monologue or professional demo reel must be no longer than TWO MINUTES.
  • If self-taping, be sure you are framed in a CLOSE-UP (head and shoulders), with good lighting and sound. Typically, you would direct your lines to the side of camera, not directly into the lens (it may help to use a real human off-camera).
  • Submission MUST be a LINK to view your video online, NOT a FILE attached to your email. Upload your video to VimeoYouTube or a similar platform and send us the direct URL only. Emails containing video attachments will be deleted.
  • You may password-protect your video, but be sure to send us the password with your submission.
  • Go to http://oregonfoodbank.org/donatenow to make your donation.
  • Please list “Meals for Monologues” in the Leave a comment text box on the donation form.
  • Please send a screenshot or PDF of your donation receipt with your submission.
  • You may include one headshot and resume (or a link to an online casting profile) with your submission.
  • Include your name, contact information, and city where you are currently based.
  • Please confirm in your email that you are a local hire, either because you have a physical address in Oregon or are repped by an Oregon talent agent or manager.
  • Email submission to talent[at]castironstudios.com, subject heading: M4M Local Hire. (Replace [at] with @ in the email address.)
  • Deadline for self-tape submissions is December 6, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST. We cannot guarantee your video will be reviewed if received after the deadline.
Friday, May 6, 2016

The Grimm team supports the upcoming 2016 OHS Doggie Dash!

by Georgia Luke

Lana and her puppy Justin represented the Grimm Loves Pets Team last night on KGW’s Live at 7 to help spread the word about the 29th Annual Oregon Humane Society Doggie Dash, happening on May 14th!

They’d love for you to contribute to their fundraiser, or join the Grimm Loves Pets Team yourself!

Won’t you help Justin raise $10K to help other rescue puppies, like himself?

How can you say no to that face?!

Justin thanks you in advance.

Link to original post.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Thank Grimm It’s Friday: “Skin Deep”

by ranielle

Don’t miss these Pacific Northwest actors in an all new episode of “Grimm“ tonight at 9PM on NBC (check local listings).

Anne Leighton, M. Ben Newman, Amber Stonebraker, Claire Rigsby, Lauren Bair, Anya Ruoss, Julie Vhay, Dana Millican, Noah Greene.
Anne Leighton, M. Ben Newman, Amber Stonebraker, Claire Rigsby, Lauren Bair, Anya Ruoss, Julie Vhay, Dana Millican, Noah Greene.
Monday, March 28, 2016

The Oregonian asks “What’s it Like?”

by Georgia Luke

Kristi Turnquist of the Oregonian chatted with Lana–as well as Costume Designer Critter Pierce and Producer David Cress–about what it takes to put together a television series. Here’s Kristi’s story, which ran in the A&E this Sunday, March 28th.

Lana and her dog Justin at her SE Portland office.

LANA VEENKER
 
Job: Casting director; founder of Cast Iron Studios

Credits: Veenker’s company has cast actors in NBC’s “Grimm,” TNT’s “The Librarians,” TNT’s “Leverage,” and the movies “Twilight,” “Wild,” and “The Road,” among others.

How she got into this: A Portland native, Veenker moved overseas for about a decade, where she traveled and went to school. She completed her performing arts degree at Portland State University, then moved to London to pursue theater directing. “The job fell through, and it was winter, and I was starving, and I had no food.” After getting a job with a London casting director, Veenker eventually moved back to Portland.

“My parents were here, and I thought I could crash on their couch, save up some money, then go to Los Angeles. Somebody here found out I had experience, and hired me for a commercial. I hung up a shingle in 1999, and made it official. I started my casting company on a shoestring, with a cell phone and a card table as a desk.”

What a casting director does: After meeting with producers to find out what roles they need to cast for a commercial, TV show or movie, Veenker reaches out to acting agencies. “We look through hundreds of submissions, and we narrow it down. We do auditions and forward those clips, and they tell us who they want to see for callbacks. The actors come back and do the same thing for the directors and producers, who decide who they want to hire.”

Rising to the challenge: “One time an actor we booked on ‘Leverage’ walked into a glass wall and gashed his head. I got a call at 6:30 in the morning saying, ‘We need to replace this actor right now.’ Recently, on ‘Grimm,’ an actress who had signed a contract got a text from her agent saying she got booked for a job she wanted more. She left for L.A. the night before her shoot, and completely left us hanging. We knew who to call, and got someone on set.”
 
Casting for diversity: “Our clients are always asking us for more diversity. We put actors of color through a training program (in 2015) that TNT agreed to pay for. Hopefully, we’ll be booking them on ‘The Librarians’ and other shows. And I would love to see more women’s roles in shows. There are lots of good women in town who haven’t been cast.”

Familiar faces: “If you watch ‘Grimm,’ Bud the refrigerator repairman is a local, Danny Bruno. We cast another recurring role on ‘Grimm,’ Sgt. Franco, who’s played by Robert Blanche, who’s a local actor. We cast from five to 25 costar and guest star roles per ‘Grimm’ episode – it varies. Maybe they’re bringing two people up from L.A. as guest stars, but all the rest are budgeted to be hired locally. We cast mostly from Oregon, with some people coming down from Seattle.”

Can local actors make a living in Portland?: “There are a few that make a living full-time as actors. They kind of have to piece things together, doing voice-over, which pays pretty well, or commercials, or print modeling. Some teach acting classes, or have other little side businesses.”

Parting thought: “I went to the Fox Searchlight Oscar party when ‘Wild’ was at the Oscars, in 2015. I got to meet the director of ‘Birdman,’ Alejandro Iñárritu, and I got to hold his Oscar like, five minutes after he got off the stage. Mostly what we do is work, but every once in a while we get a little splash of glamour. So that’s kind of fun.”

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

KATU on the Success of Our Film Incentive Program!

by Georgia Luke

Anna Canzano of KATU caught up with Lana Veenker on Oscar night to discuss the Oregon Production Incentive Fund and how it has brought many great projects to Oregon!

‘Our film incentive program has brought a lot of TV series & movies to Oregon’

Did you know more than 400 films and television projects have been shot in Oregon? The state’s history in motion pictures dates back to silent films. The film Carol by director Todd Haynes of Oregon was nominated for six Oscars on Sunday evening.

But most days of the week in Portland, hopeful actors audition for parts in films and commercials. Cast Iron Studios, founded by casting director Lana Veenker, has cast parts for every major production that’s come through town including Grimm, Leverage, and The Librarians.*

“I think the perception of Oregon has really changed over the past seven to eight years, since we started implementing our film incentive program, which has brought a lot of TV series and movies to Oregon. And that has put us on the map,” said Veenker.

She joined Grimm actor Danny Bruno in Salem earlier this month. They went to the State Capitol, along with other members of the industry, to lobby lawmakers. They want the Legislature to expand Oregon’s film incentive program. That’s tax money used to bring productions to the state, essentially a rebate on their cost of doing business here.

Full Story and Video

* The video erroneously mentions that Cast Iron Studios does the casting for Portlandia. KATU regrets the error.

 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

KPTV covers Talent Diversity Initiative Graduation at Cast Iron Studios

by ranielle

On Saturday, November 21st, the 32 actors from our Class of 2015 Talent Diversity Initiative graduated at Cast Iron Studios.

The fun-filled day featured mock auditions, a Q&A with the team at CIS, and guest speakers Mary McDonald-Lewis (dialect coach), Kendall Wells (fight choreographer and instructor), and Grimm Executive Producer Norberto Barba.

The celebration ended with a press reception, with guests including Mayor and First Lady Hales, Representative Lew Frederick, Portland Development Commission’s Brian Lord, Portland City Council candidate Fred Stewart and many others.

We had a blast producing this Initiative, along with our partners at TNT, Act Now Studio and Scott Rogers Studios. Here’s to making it a yearly event!
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

XRAY FM’s Jenn Chavez covers the Talent Diversity Initiative

by ranielle

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Lana Veenker, the President of Cast Iron Studios, discusses diversity in Oregon film and television casting and her studio’s Talent Diversity Initiative with Jenn Chavez of XRAY FM’s The Five Quadrants of Portland. Running through October and November and culminating in a graduation on November 21st, the Initiative offered intensive acting training and coaching at no cost to Oregon actors of color, whom she’s found have been underrepresented in the top acting schools and acting classes, places that are often the gateway to talent representation and introduction to casting directors.  She argues that these and other barriers faced by actors of color can make diverse casting in Oregon a challenge, and hopes that graduates of the initiative are provided with the tools and confidence to book roles in regional film and television.

(Interview on 11/19/15; story starts at ~51:13)

 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

CASTING CALL: Female Athletes – All Sports – All Levels

by ranielle

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Cast Iron Studios is currently seeking

Female Athletes

All Sports, All Levels

Ages 18-27

Cast Iron Studios is seeking female athletes who are active (from beginner to advanced levels) in any sport for a new project!

To be considered for this project you should be between the ages of 18 and 27, and active in any sport (such as soccer, swim, basketball, running, gymnastics, yoga, dance, volleyball, tennis, cheerleading, rowing, football, ice skating, track & field, roller derby, lacrosse, rugby, boxing, surfing, skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, etc.).

Submission deadline is 12PM on Monday, November 16, 2015.

Applicants must be local hires in Oregon, and available to audition in Portland on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, with the possibility of a callback on Wednesday, November 18, 2015. Auditions are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Shoot will be one half-day on either Thursday, November 19, 2015 or Friday, November 20, 2015 in Portland.

This is for a non-union, internet project.

The shoot will pay $500. You must be able to clear your schedule to work on the chosen shoot day.

Role is open to any type and any ethnicity. Only requirement is activity at any level in any sport!

To be considered for this role:

Email the following information to talent[@]castironstudios.com (remove the brackets in the email address):

Name:
Contact Number and Email:
Current Picture:
*Tell us what sport you participate in and at what level*

Submissions must be received by 12PM on Monday, November 16, 2015 in order to be considered. If you match our specs, you will be contacted and given an audition appointment. ALL AUDITIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Please no calls or drop-by visits. Email submissions only, per the instructions above.

We will contact you if we need more information, or if we would like to schedule you for an audition on Tuesday, November 17, 2015.

There is no charge to audition, no offers of classes or services for pay, nor any other solicitations at the casting.