Check out this bit of footage from Zulu 7 Productions. Directed by Timothy Hutton and starring Christian Kane (along with Silas Weir Mitchell!). Thanks to Paul Bernard for inviting Cast Iron Studios to be a part of the action. You can see Portland’s own Doren Elias make an appearance at the end!
January 22, 2010
by KGW Staff
PORTLAND — An 8-year-old cast last year to play the role of Brendan Frasier’s son in “Extraordinary Measures” got the celebrity treatment at the Hollywood and then again at a cast party in Portland Thursday night.
Diego Velazquez, then 7, emerged from several hundred boys who tried out for the role of “Patrick”, according to casting director Lana Veenker. ”
On Tuesday, Diego joined the rest of the star-studded case at the film’s Los Angeles premier, hanging out with stars Harrison Ford, Brendan Frasier, and Keri Russell. Then, Thursday night there was a cast and crew party at Portland’s Baghdad theater where he once again got the celebrity treatment.
The movie was filmed last spring in Portland and Vancouver, Wash. It was produced by Harrison Ford who also acts in the movie.
“It was a challenging role to cast because the character of Patrick is in a wheelchair,” Veenker said, “and so we needed a boy who could not only act, but who could remain relatively still during the times in which his scenes were to be shot.”
Velazquez, who is represented by Portland’s Puddletown Talent, has also been cast a young Timothy Hutton on the TNT network show “Leverage” which films in Portland. He appears in an episode called “The Bottle Job” where Hutton has a flashback to childhood.
More video! Meet the young star of Extraordinary Measures:
Here’s also a video from January 15th, before the premiere:
27 August 2009 11:00 AM, PDT
By James Hibberd
TNT has renewed “Leverage” for a third season
The Timothy Hutton starrer, about a team of con artists and hackers who bring down corrupt bigwigs, has been averaging 4.1 million viewers and ranked ninth on the list of most-watched returning TV shows on cable this summer.
“Thanks in large part to its engaging cast and clever storytelling, ‘Leverage’ has proved itself to be one of the most exciting and fun hours on television,” said Michael Wright, head of programming for TNT. “The producers, cast and crew have been incredible to work with, and we anticipate another wonderful season.”
The network ordered 15 episodes to debut next year. The show’s summer finale is Sept. 9, then it will return to finish its second season this winter.
TNT this month also renewed freshman drama “Hawthorne”; another new drama, “Dark Blue,” remains on the fence. »
See full article at HollywoodReporter.com
(Congrats, cast and crew!)
KOIN 6 News’ Jessica Morkert interviews Filmmaker TJ Civis, Casting Director Lana Veenker and Executive Director Vince Porter of the Governor’s Office of Film and Television on the arrival of two Hollywood film productions in Oregon:
- CBS Films’ “The Untitled Crowley Project,” starring Harrison Ford
- The TNT series “Leverage,” starring Timothy Hutton. The productions will bring jobs and millions of dollars to the state.
Many thanks to the Film Office and the Legislature for their hard work implementing our very successful film incentive program, but current levels only meet about half of the demand, meaning only six months of production.
OREGON RESIDENTS: PLEASE DO YOUR PART
Please contact your legislators now to support Senate Bill 621 (Oregon Production Investment Fund or OPIF), so that we have enough film incentives to bring these kinds of projects to Oregon year round, benefiting hotels, restaurants, tourism, accountants, medics, carpenters, electricians, rental car companies, thrift stores, payroll companies, not to mention hundreds of actors and thousands of background performers. Film production brings millions of dollars into the state, creates good paying jobs and is a green industry.
Join us on March 17, 2009 at the Capitol to talk to legislators about OPIF. More information on the Film Office website.