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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

U.S. Casting Director to Visit Austria: Guest Lecturer at Webster University & Workshop at IfiF Productions

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For our German-speaking friends: An article on Lana’s upcoming lecture and workshop on Austria’s university portal, Studium.at:

US Casting-Direktorin zu Besuch in Österreich
Gastvortrag an der Webster University sowie Workshop bei IfiF Productions
Studium.at
22 September 2011

Lana Veenker (bekannt durch Filme und Serien wie “Twilight,” “Paranoid Park,” “Leverage”) ird am 28. September einen Gastvortrag für angehende Filmemacher an der Webster University Vienna halten.

Lana Veenker war schon an hunderten Filmen beteiligt, darunter solche Blockbuster wie “Twilight,” Gus Van Sants “Paranoid Park,” und über 40 Episoden der TV-Hit-Serie “Leverage” mit Timothy Hutton. Sie arbeitete für so herausragende Filmkünstler wie Robert Benton, Dean Devlin, und Tim Robbins und betreute Stars wie Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Aniston, Harrison Ford, Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron um nur einige der Namen zu nennen. Gerade eben erst hat ihre Firma das Casting für den neuen Heitor Dhalia-Film “Gone” mit Amanda Seyfried abgeschlossen.

Im ihrem Workshop am 29.September bei IfiF Productions wird sie alles Wissenswerte über die richtige Vorsprechtechnik beim Film verraten. Die Unterrichtssprache ist Englisch.

Schauspieler in Wien haben die einmalige Gelegenheit das Vorsprechen für einen amerikanischen Film zu üben, und zwar durch eine prominente amerikanische Casting-Direktorin am 29. September im Studio der IfiF productions im 8. Wiener Gemeindebezirk.

In ihrem Drei-Stunden-Workshop, betitelt “In the Hot Seat: On-Camera Audition Workshop,” wird den Schauspielern gezeigt, wie “auditions” für amerikanische Serien und Filme genau ablaufen. Sie werden lernen, worauf Regisseure, Produzenten und Caster achten und werden in englischer Sprache anhand von Texten aus Lanas letzten Filmen die Situation beim Vorsprechen üben. Das wird – so hofft Lana Veenker – sich auch positiv auf die persönlichen Vorsprechtechniken in jedweder anderen Sprache auswirken.

“Es war immer mein größtes Interesse, Schauspielern, die NICHT aus Hollywood stammen, zum Durchbruch zu verhelfen,” bekennt Lana Veenker. Sie hat sich darauf spezialisiert vor Ort an den Drehschauplätzen zu besetzen, sie sucht Leute, die einheimisch sind. “Ein George Clooney braucht meine Hilfe nicht. Es macht viel mehr Spaß jemandem seine erste Rolle in einem großen Film zu verschaffen, jemandem das Sprungbrett für die große Karriere zu bieten.”

Bis jetzt hat Lana ihre Workshops in Paris, London, Berlin, Prag und Wien abgehalten und natürlich auch überall in den Vereinigten Staaten und hat manchen Stern am Himmel dank ihrer Starthilfe aufgehen gesehen. Dennoch betont sie, dass ihre Workshops als Unterricht gedacht sind. Es sind keine eigentlichen Auditions und eine Garantie für eine Besetzung gibt es auch nicht. “Schauspieler, die etwas lernen wollen, sind bei uns richtig. Es genügt nicht, einfach nur seine Set-Card abzugeben und zu hoffen, gesehen zu werden.” Die Workshops halten sich strikt an die Bestimmungen der Casting Society of America. Somit ist das richtige Ambiente für eine authentische Lernerfahrung gewährleistet.

Detaillierte Infos zum Workshop am 29. September gibt es unter folgendem link:

http://castingscoop.blogspot.com.

Deadline für die Anmeldung ist der 24.September. Die Kosten betragen EUR 95.-

(Quelle: Webster University)

Link to article.

 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Don’t Miss Lana’s Workshops in Paris and Vienna This Month!

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If you’re based in Europe, don’t miss Lana’s workshop in Paris on Monday, September 26th or in Vienna on Thursday, September 29th! Details below.

What people are saying about workshops with Lana Veenker:
 “It’s always useful for an actor to meet a casting director in a non-audition situation, and if that casting director is as motivating a person as Lana, the experience is pleasurable as well as useful.” 
“As an American actress in Paris, this workshop opened my eyes and helped put into perspective the things I need to be doing in order to advance my career on both sides of the ocean. As actors, we are so often bombarded with information from other actors as to what they ‘think’ is useful, that it is so nice and streamlined to have a Casting Director break everything down into what you NEED to be doing and explain why it works, it makes the task of marketing yourself seem less overwhelming.” 
“It has been a real pleasure to attend Lana’s workshop because not only it allowed me to meet her and receive some credible, relevant infos on the job & Hollywood market but also to meet other actors. Thanks to Lana, I feel more confident now about the fact of moving to L.A since I have now some tools about CVs, photos and how to contact CDs and I feel relieved about my choice of the Lee Strasberg school.”
“Very interesting !!! Every actor (or aspiring actor) who’d like to move in the USA should first take notes by Lana Veenker’s workshop. Very important for the resume and the headshot and how to behave in front of agents and professional. Thank you Lana for helping us in our first steps ;);) “

“It [was] a real delight to attend Lana Veenker’s workshop. She understands how Europeans work so she can very clearly explain to us the main differences with the USA. It is a real plus value in the pursue of my career. Thank you very much.”

In the Hot Seat: On-Camera Audition Workshop
with Casting Director Lana Veenker
Presented in English by Tools For Actors
Have you ever wondered what it is like to audition for film & TV in the United States?  Join American casting director Lana Veenker for this three-hour workshop and:
 

  • Learn how film & TV auditions are conducted in the States
  • Discover what directors, producers and casting directors are looking for
  • Practice auditioning in English with scenes from Lana’s past projects
  • Improve your on-camera audition technique


Lana Veenker CSA (“Twilight,” “Paranoid Park,” TNT’s “Leverage,” NBC’s “Grimm”) has built a career helping actors OUTSIDE Hollywood break into the business. If you want to learn what it takes to succeed when there’s an ocean between you and Hollywood, don’t miss her workshops in Paris and Vienna.


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In the Hot Seat: On-Camera Audition Workshop with Casting Director Lana Veenker
Monday, September 26th, 2011
18h-21h
Studio Bleu
7-9, rue des Petites Écuries
75010 Paris
Métro Château d’Eau, Strasbourg St Denis

EUR 95.00
Register by 23:59h on Wednesday, September 21st, 2011


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In the Hot Seat: On-Camera Audition Workshop with Casting Director Lana Veenker

Thursday, Sept 29, 2011
19h-22h
IfiF Productions
Bennogasse 24/2/14
A-1080 Wien

Strassenbahn 44 (Schottentor) to Hernalser Gürtel (15 minutes)

EUR 95.00
Register by 23:59h on Saturday, Sept 24, 2011

Friday, September 3, 2010

Don’t Miss Lana’s Workshop in Vienna This Month!

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If you’re in Europe and you missed Casting Director Lana Veenker’s “Cracking the US Market” workshop in London last month, you can catch her in Vienna on September 13, 2010.

What people are saying about “Cracking the US Market” and Lana Veenker:

“It was very informative and invigorating. Lana is a truly inspirational speaker. Her advice is practical,uplifting and clarifies the whole casting process. I look forward to her coming back to London!”
— Ava

“I found it so interesting to learn how the business works in America and I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop… It was brilliant!”
— Tami

 

 

“I attended Lana’s workshop, which I thought was a fantastic and detailed eye-opener to the challenges to working in the US as an actor.”
— Neal

“I’d be delighted to recommend Lana’s workshop as I thought it was absolutely invaluable. I’m very interested in working in the USA and it was a real god-send to have such useful advice. Lana was extremely friendly and helpful.”
— Philip

 

 

“I found Lana’s workshop both illuminating and inspiring. She really emphasised the value of my individuality in the industry; and how to market it from a very active point of view. A very open and frank lady – something that can be very hard to come by. I have already taken steps to gain more control over my career and will let you know as things develop!”
— Samantha

“Thanks for the workshop, Lana. It was very helpful and it was lovely to meet you.”
— Josh

 

“My young actor friend in London loved your workshop and was so impressed by you and the knowledge you gave him! Thanks.”
— @jewelspice

I’m An Actor, But I Don’t Live in Hollywood: How to Crack the US Market

Presented in English by Tools 4 Actors

Hollywood attracts countless actors to Los Angeles every year, but most leave after they spend all their money and discover they can’t even get an audition.

There’s nothing that can make Hollywood an easy nut to crack, but there are a few things actors can do to make it easier.

In How to Crack the US Market, Casting Director Lana Veenker will reveal how show business is conducted in the States and provide tips on how to work as an actor in Los Angeles, New York or other American cities.

This workshop will be conducted in English, in lecture format, followed by a Q&A, so please bring a notebook or laptop computer. Students are also invited to join Lana afterwards for a meet-and-greet at a nearby bar or pub.

BIO
American casting director Lana Veenker trained as an actor/director and spent nearly ten years living, studying and working in France, England, Venezuela, India and the West Indies. After working as a casting assistant at Zimmermann Casting in London, she decided to return to the States, and in 1999, she launched one of the most successful location casting companies in the US.

Her passion is helping actors who live outside Hollywood to succeed. She has taught workshops across the United States and Europe, most recently at Sunscreen Film Festival in Florida, Prague Film School and English Theatre Berlin during this year’s Berlinale.

Projects include Twilight, Paranoid Park by Gus Van Sant, Extraordinary Measures starring Harrison Ford, and 31 episodes of TNT’s Leverage, which airs on Bravo in the UK. She is a member of the Casting Society of America and the International Casting Directors Network. Her workshops adhere to CSA teaching guidelines approved by SAG and AFTRA.

I’m An Actor, But I Don’t Live in Hollywood: How to Crack the US Market
Presented in English by Tools 4 Actors
Date: Monday, September 13, 2010
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: IfiF
Address: Haslingergasse 41/22, A- 1160, Vienna
Price: 95
Registration Info: http://CrackingUSMarketVienna.Eventbrite.com

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop requires a minimum of 15 attendees in order to take place. Students are asked to register by September 6, 2010 to hold their spot. If workshop is cancelled, Tools4Actors will notify attendees and provide a 100% refund.

 

Friday, August 20, 2010

Casting Director Lana Veenker Announces Workshop in Vienna Next Month

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I’m An Actor, But I Don’t Live in Hollywood: How to Crack the US Market

Presented in English by Tools 4 Actors

Hollywood attracts countless actors to Los Angeles every year, but most leave after they spend all their money and discover they can’t even get an audition.

There’s nothing that can make Hollywood an easy nut to crack, but there are a few things actors can do to make it easier.

In How to Crack the US Market, Casting Director Lana Veenker will reveal how show business is conducted in the States and provide tips on how to work as an actor in Los Angeles, New York or other American cities.

This workshop will be conducted in English, in lecture format, followed by a Q&A, so please bring a notebook or laptop computer. Students are also invited to join Lana afterwards for a meet-and-greet at a nearby bar or pub.

BIO
American casting director Lana Veenker trained as an actor/director and spent nearly ten years living, studying and working in France, England, Venezuela, India and the West Indies. After working as a casting assistant at Zimmermann Casting in London, she decided to return to the States, and in 1999, she launched one of the most successful location casting companies in the US.

Her passion is helping actors who live outside Hollywood to succeed. She has taught workshops across the United States and Europe, most recently at Sunscreen Film Festival in Florida, Prague Film School and English Theatre Berlin during this year’s Berlinale.

Projects include Twilight, Paranoid Park by Gus Van Sant, Extraordinary Measures starring Harrison Ford, and 31 episodes of TNT’s Leverage, which airs on Bravo in the UK. She is a member of the Casting Society of America and the International Casting Directors Network. Her workshops adhere to CSA teaching guidelines approved by SAG and AFTRA.

I’m An Actor, But I Don’t Live in Hollywood: How to Crack the US Market
Presented in English by Tools 4 Actors
Date: Monday, September 13, 2010
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: IfiF
Address: Haslingergasse 41/22, A- 1160, Vienna
Price: 95
Registration Info: http://CrackingUSMarketVienna.Eventbrite.com

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop requires a minimum of 15 attendees in order to take place. Students are asked to register by September 6, 2010 to hold their spot. If workshop is cancelled, Tools4Actors will notify attendees and provide a 100% refund.

Looking to register for Lana’s August 23 workshop in London? See this post.