Blockbusters Gang

Production and marketing services by a network of media industry professionals

Who you gonna call... blockbusters!

WHO WE ARE

Blockbusters Gang is a production and marketing service provider in the media industry, formed by a network of freelancers. BBG joins the capabilities of hard working professionals to help the client to complete their production more easily through one channel. We can be the last-minute rescue or start with the crew from the very first meetings. You can book our forces both as individuals and as a full ready-to-go team. We are all that stands between you and the end of the world (a bad production).

WHY WE ARE SPECIAL

Our Gang has a fresh approach to the business. We build our service flexibly to fit your needs. We are passionate, motivated and ambitious. We want to rock the field and make your production a well-functioning, solid project to work in. We go all in – whether it’s a large-scale production or a small-size scheme. And let’s be honest: when we see the possibility of being a part of a great project, we are not too heavy for a tight budget. We trust each other and we share the same values: ambition, desire to work in the best way possible, respect towards everyone involved. This makes us your trustworthy partners in crime.

OUR SERVICES & CAPABILITIES

What can we do for you? By clicking the service headers you’ll get a better picture of the various services available and the positions we can be hired for. The specific professional skills of each Blockbuster can be found on our Members site.

OUR MEMBERS

BBG was founded by four freelancers who started working together in 2013. We think that a well-established team makes everyday work more productive, as the team members know the rules and responsibilities of the group, and know how to benefit of the collective knowledge. A team needs lots of time and effort to perform at its best - so we started to create this network to allow every member to back each other and to give others the productive advantages of our well-established team.

Our permanent Blockbusters are media industry full-timers who have a vision of working in the field and give their share of new ideas for the network development to make it better and stronger by the day.

Iiris Juutilainen

1st Assistant Director / Production Management
iiris(a)blockbustersgang.com
GSM +358 50 4065704

Emma Ilves

CEO, Head of Marketing
emma(a)blockbustersgang.com
GSM +358 40 5542086

Minna Valjanen

Location Manager / Production Coordinator
minna(a)blockbustersgang.com
GSM +358 40 861 4023

Meri-Tuuli Varis

Casting
meri-tuuli(a)blockbustersgang.com
GSM +358 504016941

Reetta Somppi

Camera and Lighting Crew / Production Staff
reetta(a)blockbustersgang.com

Mökö

Office Welfare Administrator

NEWCOMERS

BBG Newcomers are media professionals who have recently joined our gang. They might already be industry veterans or are soon finishing their studies of film, culture or marketing. We are thrilled and excited to see how they’ll be rocking our team and hope every single one of them will become a permanent Blockbuster in the future!

Luisa Zabel

Trainee Assistant Director / Production Assistant
luisa(a)blockbustersgang.com

Rosa Mäkinen

Lighting Technician
rosa(a)blockbustersgang.com
GSM +358 40 5735867

Sandra Enkvist

Production Staff / Makeup Artist
sandra(a)blockbustersgang.com
GSM +358 50 5640828

Mikko Asikainen

Marketing & Crowdfunding Specialist / Production Staff
mikko(a)blockbustersgang.com
GSM +358 44 0334126

Paula Haukinen

Production & Locations Staff
paula(a)blockbustersgang.com
GSM +358 50 41 38 160

Maiju Niemelä

Script supervisor / Production staff
maiju(a)blockbustersgang.com
GSM +358 40 5706063

Hanna-Mari Kuivalainen

Journalism & Copywriting / Production Staff
hanna-mari(a)blockbustersgang.com
GSM +358 40 566 8949

Iiris Kokko

Radio Journalist
kokko(a)blockbustersgang.com
GSM +358 50 566 2750

JUNIORS

BBG Juniors are eagerly learning rookies and students who are starting up their career and still finding their place in the media industry. All of them are with us for a certain, individual period of time as apprentices learning new stuff or testing their skills in a certain department. Juniors are usually working directly with our more experienced members and help them out in many different part-time productions to gain experience while studying or applying to universities of their choice.

Lida Moeini

Production Trainee
lida(a)blockbustersgang.com
GSM +358 44 5246590

Aino Niemi

Production Trainee
aino(a)blockbustersgang.com
GSM +358 50 4906264

MONEY TALK

None of our members or services have one fixed price tag. Logically, our remuneration depends on the length
and type of the project, level of responsibility, amount of members included and other components.

Are you interested in hiring an employee or buying services?

The best way is to send your contact request to info@blockbustersgang.com or call to +358 40 5542086.
This way we can build a team and create an offer to meet your specific needs.

Do you wish to hire a specific BBG member?

You can contact any of our members directly if you wish to - their contact information can be found here on the Members page.
All members are allowed to fix their own prices with any clients, so hiring them is super quick and easy.

Contact us and let’s find a win-win solution. We are negotiable and already waiting for your request.

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INFO / CONTACT DETAILS

Blockbusters Gang Oy
Kalevankatu 30
00100 Helsinki

info@blockbustersgang.com
+358 40 5542086

Proposal requests: info@blockbustersgang.com
Invoicing inquiries: invoices@blockbustersgang.com

To contact a specific member, see our Members-section for details.

Who are the associates and founders of this network?

Emma Ilves

CEO, Founder, Head of Marketing
emma@blockbustersgang.com
+358 40 5542086

Before founding Blockbusters Gang Emma had lived in Paris, almost completed her business studies and been running web stores and sales in couple of different companies. After becoming part of the Iron Sky team in 2013, she has been focusing on marketing and sales in media business. Emma wants to challenge the traditional film marketing and distribution by adapting everything she had learned and continuously researching for new ways and point of views.

Emma works mostly in projects related to crowdfunding or -sourcing or consulting in marketing, distribution or sales issues. She has also done a lot of campaign planning, social media and sponsorship coordination. In the network Emma is in charge of finances and marketing and is constantly looking for new ways to make it bigger, better and more powerful.


Iiris Juutilainen

COO, Founder, Head of Production
iiris@blockbustersgang.com
+358 50 4065704

Iiris completed her first job as an assistant director in the age of 14 and her first feature film as the 1st AD had it’s theatrical premiere before she turned 18. After working in multiple different positions in film production Iiris has mainly been working with script breakdowns, production plans, schedules and running shoots as production crew lead. In January 2015 Iiris was the first Finnish AD and youngest participant ever in Production Value - European Scheduling & Budgeting Workshop.

Iiris’ goal is to be an essential part of taking the culture of working in film and TV to the next level. She has a passion for both teaching and learning and pays a lot of attention to helping out industry newcomers to fulfill their dreams. In Blockbusters Gang Iiris takes care of HR and member issues as well as plans new schedules and projects.

… and we could not have done it alone. BBG’s original quartet includes Minna and Meri-Tuuli who have been with us quite much since the beginning of our journey.

Design by Haaja

Iiris Juutilainen

1st Assistant Director / Production Management
+358 50 4065704
iiris(a)blockbustersgang.com

Education:

Production Value, European Scheduling & Budgeting Workshop: Scheduling
TAMK University of Applied Sciences: Bachelor of Culture & Arts (Undergraduate)
Kallio Upper Secondary School of Performing Arts: Finnish Matriculation Examination
Espoo School of Art

Languages:

Finnish (Native proficiency)
English (Full professional proficiency)
Swedish (Basics)

Software skills:

Movie Magic Scheduling (advanced)
MS Excel (intermediate)
MS Word (advanced)
Mac OSX / iOS (advanced)
Google Software (intermediate)
Adobe Acrobat (intermediate)
Adobe Premiere Pro (basics)
Adobe Photoshop (basics)
Adobe InDesign (basics)
Final Cut (basics)
MailChimp (basics)

Strengths:

Team leading and communication
Breakdowns, schedules and call sheets
Production plans
Project management
Recruiting
Post-production
International productions
Broad understanding of different departments
Creative problem solving

Statement:

I first started filmmaking when I was in primary school and completed my first independent film after my 12th birthday. My goal has always been very simple: I want to do my job as good as possible and handle people respectful no matter who they are. I’m in my element when resolving emergency situations and coordinating complex scenes and schedules. I mainly focus on AD'ing: breakdowns, schedules, call sheets and running the shoots.

My working philosophy is quite one-of-a-kind military style management with Three Musketeers -kind of attitude. I live to be the one that can save the day - every day.

Emma Ilves

CEO, Head of Marketing
+358 40 5542086
emma(a)blockbustersgang.com

Education:

Bachelor of Business Administration
HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences & Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci

Languages:

Finnish (Native proficiency)
English (Full professional proficiency)
French (Limited working proficiency)
Swedish (Limited working proficiency)

Software skills:

MS Word (advanced)
MS Excel (advanced)
Mac OS X (intermediate)
Windows (intermediate)
Google Software (intermediate)
MailChimp (basics)
+ several ERP systems (basic/intermediate)

Driver’s licence:

B

Strengths:

Crowdfunding
Marketing communications
Campaign planning and execution
Webstore management
Collaboration & Sponsorship strategies
Sales and promotion
International relations

Statement:

Marketing is so many times underestimated. Customers and the community should be involved in the production from the very beginning, and products should reach exactly the right people efficiently wherever in the world they happen to be. To make this work, I’m eager to learn constantly, to hunt for new trends, and to stay open for the changing environment. I want be there to give your project the success you didn't dare to dream of.

Meri-Tuuli Varis

Casting
+358 50 4016941
meri-tuuli@blockbustersgang.com

Education:

TAMK University of Applied Sciences: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
The Film Academy of Miroslav Ondříček in Písek Film
Töölö Upper Secondary School: Finnish Matriculation Examination

Languages:

Finnish (Native Proficiency)
English (Professional working proficiency)
Swedish (Limited working proficiency)
French (Limited working proficiency)

Software Skills:

MS Excel (Basic)
MS Word (Basic)
Movie Magic Scheduling (Basic)
Movie Magic Screenwriter (Basic)
Mac OSX / iOS (Intermediate)
Google Software (Basic)
Adobe Premiere Pro (Basic)
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (Basic)
Adobe Acrobat (Intermediate)
Final Cut (Basic)

Driver’s licence:

B

Strenghts:

Organising the casting
Taking care of the interviews and auditions with artists
Negotiating fees and contracts with artists
Working with the Director and Producer during casting
Background actors coordination
Organized and consistent

Statement:

I live my dream when being part of the fascinating, dynamic and inspiring film industry every day. I set my goals high, work hard to achieve them and am not afraid to challenge myself on the way. For me casting is part of the industry that I really want to invest in. It’s all about teamwork and working with talented and passionate people. The greatest feeling is to see the right actors on the screen making the magic happen.

Minna Valjanen

Location Manager / Production Coordinator
+358 40 8614 023
minna@blockbustersgang.com

Education:

TAMK University of Applied Sciences: Bachelor of Culture & Arts (Undergraduate)
Tampere Arts-Oriented Senior Secondary School: Finnish Matriculation Examination

Languages:

Finnish (Native proficiency)
English (Full professional proficiency)
German (Limited working proficiency)

Software Skills:

MS Excel (intermediate)
MS Word (advanced)
Mac OSX / iOS (advanced)
Google Software (advanced)
Adobe Premiere Pro (basics)
Adobe InDesign (basics)
Adobe Lightroom (basics)
Final Cut 7 (basics)

Driver’s licence:

B

Additional Training:

PKS katutyöt (required if needing permits from the Public Works Department in Helsinki Metropolitan Area)

Strengths:

Location managing
Scouting
Location managing
Budgeting and financial assistance

Statement:

I am a practical person and I genuinely enjoy helping other people. I tackle every project with professional pride: I deliver what I promise and constantly seek ways to improve my skill set.

Reetta Somppi

Camera and Lighting Crew / Production Staff
reetta(a)blockbustersgang.com

Education:

Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences: Bachelor of Audiovisual Media (B.A.)
Voionmaa Vocational Institute: Acting in Film
Kouvola Lyceum Upper Secondary School: Finnish Matriculation Examination

Languages:

Finnish (Native proficiency)
English (Professional proficiency)
Swedish (Basics)

Software skills:

Final Cut Pro (intermediate)
Adobe Premiere (intermediate)
Adobe Photoshop (intermediate)
Light Zone (intermediate)
Adobe After Effects (basics)
MS Word (intermediate)
MS Power Point (intermediate)
MS Excel (basics)

Driver’s licence:

B

Strengths:

Technical knowhow
Material coordination
Videography
Imaginative and diplomatic
Multitalented
Fun to work with

Statement:

Writing one statement has always felt a bit difficult for me since I enjoy working in so many different departments and phases of filmmaking. My passion is on film lighting and I am an excellent assistant or technician in any lighting or camera team for any kind of a production. Besides the set life - which I love - I’ve also been helping out in material coordination and DIT duties and filming and editing casting reels, making ofs and other short video productions.

I drive to be effective and fast without being unorganized, and look for new challenges to gain new skills and find the full range of my strenghts. My best quality is my willing to learn something new all the time. This means I’m rarely frustrated and never say no to an interesting project. That’s why I consider myself as a very reliable worker in any other job, usually in production crew, as well.

Mökö

Office Welfare Administrator

Education:

Malaga Rescue Dog Academy, Spain

Strengths:

Stress relieving
Security services
Entertainment
Fluffy

Statement:

Woof!

Luisa Zabel

Trainee Assistant Director / Production Assistant
GSM +44 7542 376667
luisa(a)blockbustersgang.com

Education:

University of Greenwich: BSc Digital Film Production (Undergraduate)
Laajasalo Folk School: General Film Foundation Year
BEST – Sabel Oberschule: German Matriculation Examination

Languages:

German (Native proficiency)
Finnish (Native proficiency)
English (Full professional proficiency)
French (Basics)
Spanish (Basics)

Software skills:

Movie Magic Scheduling (intermediate)
Final Draft (advanced)
MS Excel (intermediate)
MS Word (advanced)
Mac OSX / iOS (advanced)
Google Software (advanced)
Adobe Premiere Pro (intermediate)
Final Cut (intermediate)
After Effects (basics)
Adobe Photoshop (basics)

Strengths:

Commitment
Positive Attitude
Always sharp and pedantic
Motivation
International Productions
Quick learner with strong organisation skills

Statement:

I am a multicultural young woman and started my career as an intern in the direction department in German film. Now I'm studying film in the UK and have gathered quite a lot of experience in Finnish productions already. I’m wishing to explore any international productions possible in the next few years and am especially interested in helping out with any jobs related to assistant directing and other production duties. I always put my heart and soul into projects and am commited to them 100% - and have actually been directing some short films on my own as well.

Rosa Mäkinen

Lighting Technician
+358 40 5735867
rosa(a)blockbustersgang.com

Education:

TAMK University of Applied Sciences: Bachelor of Culture & Arts (undergraduate)
Erasmushogeschool Brussels: Royal institute for theatre, cinema & sound
Tikkurila Upper Secondary School: Finnish Matriculation Examination

Languages:

Finnish (Native proficiency)
English (Professional working proficiency)
Swedish (Basics)

Software skills:

MS Excel (Basics)
MS Word (Intermediate)
Mac OSX / iOS (Intermediate)
Google Software (Intermediate)
Final Cut Pro X (Basics)
Adobe Premiere Pro CC (Basics)
Adobe Lightroom (Intermediate)
Adobe Photoshop (Basics)
Adobe InDesign (Basics)
Adobe Illustrator (Basics)

Strengths:

Extensive knowledge of lighting equipment
Technical knowhow
Bright and innovative
Adaptive and hardworking
Creative thinking and problem solving
Team working skills

Statement:

I have worked for over four years with camera and light department, making everything from TV-series to commercials, music videos and short films. With my passion for aesthetics, I enjoy creating beautiful images that the viewers will remember. I'm not afraid of new challenges and I work with never-ending desire to learn more and to further develop my skills.

Sandra Enkvist

Production Staff / Makeup Artist
+358 50 5640828
sandra(a)blockbustersgang.com

Education:

Humak University of Applied Sciences: BA in Cultural Management (Undergraduate)
Työväen Akatemia Folk High School: Creative Writing & Theatre Production Process
Helsinki Vocational Adult Institute: Vocational Qualification in Make Up
Forssa Vocational Institute: Vocational Qualification in Business and Administration

Languages:

Finnish (Native proficiency)
English (Limited working proficiency)
Swedish (Limited working proficiency)

Software skills:

MS Word (advanced)
MS Excel (basics)
Adobe Photoshop (basics)
Adobe InDesign (basics)

Driver's licence:

B

Strengths:

Genuine and open-minded
Flexible and creative
Solution oriented
Visual plans and designs
Production secretary
Project funding applications
Events
Make up
Casting

Statement:

I’ve always loved films and specially documentaries but never really thought about actually working with them before few years ago. After working in theatre and TV-business actively I’ve worked more comprehensively in film as production assistant and casting supportive roles and background extras. I’ve got most credits as a make up artist which has been my leading profession for a longer while.

At the moment I’m finishing my studies in Cultural Management and am inspired by story-drawn films, photography, animals and great tv-series (specially The Bridge, True Detective and Klovn).

Mikko Asikainen

Marketing & Crowdfunding Specialist / Production Staff
+358 44 0334126
mikko(a)blockbustersgang.com

Education:

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture: Master of Arts - Film & TV Production (Undergraduate)
Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences: Bachelor of Economics
Lahden Yhteiskoulu Upper Secondary School: Finnish Matriculation Examination

Languages:

Finnish (Native proficiency)
English (Full professional proficiency)
Swedish (Limited working proficiency)
Russian (Basics)
French (Basics)

Software skills:

Adobe Photoshop (Advanced)
Adobe Illustrator (Basics)
Adobe Indesign (Basics)
Adobe Premiere Pro (Basics)
Apple Mac OSX / iOS (Advanced)
Apple Pages / Keynote (Intermediate)
Avid Media Composer (Basics)
Avid Pro Tools (Basics)
Google Software (Advanced)
Google Android (Advanced)
Movie Magic Scheduling (Basics)
MS Office (Advanced)
MS Windows 7/8/10 (Advanced)
MS Windows Phone (Advanced)
Wordpress (Basics)

Driver's licence:

B, C

Additional Training:

PKS katutyöt (required if needing permits from the Public Works Department in Helsinki Metropolitan Area)

Strengths:

Marketing & Social Media
Crowdfunding & Crowdsourcing
Managing skills
Persistent and responsible
Innovative thinking
Public Speaking
Teamwork & communication
Recruiting

Statement:

After starting my career in business & sales, I have drifted towards my main love interest: film & television. After exploring different sides of movie production in various campaigns including marketing, crowdfunding and crowdsourcing through social media, I have finally started my studies in film & tv production at Aalto University of Arts and Design Fall 2015. I am on a road to craft my creative vision wanting to get a chance to work on international productions and bringing new fresh ideas to the market. Anything related to film financing, marketing, crowdsourcing and community building would be exactly down to my alley.

Paula Haukinen

Production & Locations Staff
+358 50 41 38 160
paula(a)blockbustersgang.com

Education:

Vocational School of Helsinki Audiovisual production, Media assistant (Spring 2016)
Sibelius Upper Secondary School: Finnish Matriculation Examination

Languages:

Finnish (Native proficiency)
English (Professional working proficiency)
Swedish (Basics)

Software skills:

Movie Magic Scheduling (basics)
Movie Magic Screenwriter (basics)
Celtx (basics)
MS Excel (basics)
MS Word (basics)
Mac OSX / iOS (basics)
Google Software (basics)
Avid ISIS (basics)
Adobe Premiere Pro (basics)
Adobe Photoshop (basics)
Adobe InDesign (basics)
Final Cut (basics)

Driver's licence:

B

Strengths:

Always alert
Brave and self-imposed
Handy and practical
Great problem solving skills

Statement:

I have worked in film since graduating from upper secondary school and wouldn’t have had it any other way. Most of my studies and experience is based on working in production staff in the field. In future I hope to gain experience in different scale productions in Finland and abroad. As a working in part of a production crew I am also keen on developing my knowledge in technical and creative side of projects. I promise to maintain myself as a person who is open and eager to learn from the industry. I’m a teamplayer who always tries her best to make the team proud.

Maiju Niemelä

Script supervisor / Production staff
+358 40 5706063
maiju(a)blockbustersgang.com

Education:

Helsinki Vocational College, Vocational Qualification in Audiovisual Communication
Laajasalo Folk School: Sales and Marketing
Laajasalo Folk School: General Film Foundation Year
Helsinki Business College: Vocational Qualification in Business and Administration

Languages:

Finnish (Native proficiency)
English (Limited working proficiency)
Swedish (Elementary proficiency)

Software skills:

MS Word (advanced)
MS Excel (basics)
Adobe Photoshop (basics)
Final Cut Pro (intermediate)
Adobe Flash Professional CS5.5 (basics)
Adobe InDesing (basics)
Outlook (advanced)

Driver's licence:

B

Strengths:

Exact, unprompted and effective
Understanding of the bigger picture
Communication
Schedules and organizing
Persistence
Problem solving

Statement:

I did my first short film when I was 14 years old and early as that I told everybody I'm going to work in movies when I'm an adult. I ended up studying marketing for four years and began working in films and tv-shows after that. Script Supervising and working as part of the production team are my strengths and interest me the most. Every job I get I do with great attitude and enthusiasm.

Hanna-Mari Kuivalainen

Journalism & Copywriting / Production Staff
+358 40 566 8949
hanna-mari(a)blockbustersgang.com

Education:

Metropolia University of Applied Sciences: Bachelor of Art (Television and Radio)
Namibia University of Technology and Science: PR Campaigns & Special Events, Digital Art and Design, Media & Comm. Research Methodology
Laajasalo Folk High School: Diploma in Radio Journalism
Lahti Folk High School: Theatre acting
Minna Canth Upper Secondary School: Finnish Matriculation Examination

Languages:

Finnish (Native proficiency)
English (Professional working proficiency)
Swedish (Elementary proficiency)

Software skills:

MS Excel (basics)
MS Word (basics to intermediate)
Mac OSX / iOS (basics)
Google Software (basics)
Adobe Premiere Pro (basics)
Adobe Photoshop (basics)
Adobe InDesign (basics)
Avid (basics)
Quick Edit Pro (basics)
Zenon Easyedit (basics)
Cubase (basics)
AudaCity (basics)
MailChimp (basics)

Driver's licence:

B

Strengths:

Creative content creation (text, radio, TV)
Attention to detail
Effective
Easily adaptive
Casting assistance
Sound department assistance
Down-to-earth, professional approach to all situations

Statement:

The world is an endless playground for creativity. Whether I’m the one who’s doing the creating or the one who’s helping to get someone else’s view through, I work to reach excellence. I best create stories with the help of a sound recorder that I always carry with me and I rarely turn down a chance to use my mind on writing. As production staff I want to make sure all is going according to plan before, after and during projects and that everyone around me has all they need to get their job done the best way possible. Looking forward to learn all about casting.

Iiris Kokko

Radio Journalist
+358 50 566 2750
kokko(a)blockbustersgang.com

Education:

Laajasalo Folk High School: Diploma in Radio Journalism (Spring 2016)
Glasgow Caledonian University: Bachelor of Fashion Business (Undergraduate)
Prakticum: Graduate of Visual Merchandising
European School of Brussels II: European Baccalaureate

Languages:

Finnish (Native proficiency)
English (Professional proficiency)
French (Limited working proficiency)
Swedish (Limited working proficiency)

Software skills:

Audacity (advanced)
Easy edit (intermediate)
Quick Edit Pro (basics)
MS Excel (basics)
MS Word (basics)
Mac OSX / iOS (basics)
Google Software (basics)
Adobe Premiere Pro (basics)
Adobe Photoshop (basics)

Strengths:

Social skills
Positivity
Creativity
Open heart
Multitalent

Statement:

I believe that my purpose in life is to bring happiness and joy to people - and my way of doing it is the radio media. I started my first own radio show in primary school at 11 years of age. The show was for the Valentine’s day and I organised competitions, asked people to send messages to their loved ones and rented a huge pile of CD’s from the library. The show was a success. I fell in love doing radio work and I still love it.

Honesty, realness and respect towards others are things that I want to spread around me. Through my work I wish to make my current hometown Helsinki the best possible place to live.

Lida Moeini

Production Trainee
+358 44 5246590
lida(a)blockbustersgang.com

Education:

Stadin ammattiopisto, Student of AV Production
Rauman Lukio Upper Secondary School: Matriculation

Languages:

Finnish (Native proficiency)
English (Limited working proficiency)

Software skills:

Mac OSX / iOS (basics)
MS Office 365 (basics)
Google Software (basics)
Adobe Premiere Pro (basics)
Adobe Photoshop (basics)
Adobe InDesign (basics)
Adobe Illustrator (basics)

Strengths:

Always happy and warm
Progressive
Discreet and clever

Statement:

I’m young 20-year-old media student and wish to develop my skills and abilities on the film and TV industry. All the different stages of production highly interest me and I always take care of my work as diligent and accurate as I possibly can. I’m dreaming about becoming a big and competent name in the Finnish production crews some day in the future.

Aino Niemi

Production Trainee
+358 50 4906264
aino(a)blockbustersgang.com

Education:

Kallio Upper Secondary School of Performing Arts: Finnish Matriculation Examination (Spring 2016)

Languages:

Finnish (Native proficiency)
English (Professional working proficiency)
French (Limited working proficiency)

Software skills:

MS Excel (basics)
MS Word (intermediate)
Mac OSX / iOS (intermediate)
Google Software (intermediate)
Adobe Photoshop (basics)
Final Cut (basics)
Studio One (basics)

Driver's licence:

B

Strengths:

Self-imposed
Fast learner
Organised and effective

Statement:

The first time I got interested about filmmaking was when I realized the complex entirety of it. Throughout various projects I hope to get even better understanding of it - how the small pieces are set in place to create the bigger picture. I'm eager to work in different kind of productions, with various people to get more insight to the broad set of working methods. I'm a quick learner and I work well under pressure. My approach to every task is equally efficient and careful, from each one there is something new to gain.

PRODUCTION & CASTING

FULL PRODUCTION SERVICES

When you are working on a larger project than your own team or company can manage, we can provide the solution to help you out. We can build up a crew of our members and manage your production under your own franchise. This allows you to stay in control without using all your time running a single project.

PRODUCTION TEAM

… for example:
Production management
Production coordination
Production assistance
Assisting the Producer
Assisting the Director
Financial & budgeting assistance
Project funding applications
Post-production coordination
Premiere arrangements
Film deliveries
Production runners
Catering coordination

Most of our members have always been somehow involved in film, TV and video production. We’ve got both steady and experienced professionals as well as eager new workers who together can form the perfect combination for your needs.

Our freelancers can also become part of your team for a longer period - 6 months, a year, you name it - if needed. In case you wish our members to be on your company’s payroll, you can make an agreement directly with them.

ASSISTANT DIRECTORS

… for example:
1st Assistant directing
2nd Assistant directing
3rd Assistant directing
Script breakdowns and schedules
Background extras casting
Background extras coordination

BBG is strongly focused on bringing you the best new generation of assistant directors in Finland. Besides the regular AD work, we provide services for projects under development - packages of breaking down and scheduling script versions and making early production plans and schedules - and help you to fill in for any AD for a day or two in an ongoing production. Thanks to our own BBG Casting platform, we also have excellent tools for anyone casting background extras and are very used to coordinating big groups of people on the set.

LOCATIONS & TRANSPORTATION

… for example:
Location management
Location scouting
Transportation coordination

When in need of a perfect location or a perfect person to handle one, you can turn to us. We are able to find new places and search for old ones or just take care of the arrangements and logistics for the shoot. Our locations team is efficient and always makes sure you’ll be able to return to the place later with another production, if needed. We are also experienced in planning and coordinating the transportation of your crew and equipment.

CASTING

Casting
Background extras casting
Auditions, read-throughs and other casting services

We at Blockbusters Gang do casting mainly through our own channel BBG Casting – a network of actors, actresses and other artists. Our database includes hundreds of different performers with individual talents. We always build an individual package depending on our client’s needs - with auditions, tapes, special details or pictures, and anything else essential to the casting process. Due to the wide selection of choices, we can offer you a casting solution for any kind of production.

TECHNICAL CREW & SCRIPT SUPERVISING

2nd Assistant Camera
Lighting Electricians
Videographers
DIT & material coordination
Script Supervision

In addition to other areas of production, we can also cover many technical supporting roles in film-making from camera assistants and lighting electricians to more responsible jobs in material coordination and script supervising. Our technically talented members can also offer you cost-effective choices for different kinds of videos, photographs or other audiovisual materials.

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

We have a group of enthusiastic marketing professionals who can help you, for example, with

Marketing management
Marketing coordination
Marketing assistance
Collaborations & sponsorships
Sales

However, we have taken this to another level by offering you expertise in the following areas:

CROWDFUNDING AND CROWDSOURCING

BBG has experience of different crowdfunding platforms and projects, and our team is always excited to find new ways of backing up interesting projects. Besides the practical work of building and managing the campaign, we can also handle the delivery of perks or just consult you along the way.

PRESS TOURS & PREMIERE ARRANGEMENTS

During the years, our members have taken care of dozens of premiere arrangements. We are very familiar with writing press releases, booking interviews and arranging screenings – and we’d love to use our talent to make your release as cool as it can get.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Everything concerning social media and the community around it is vital to your brand development. Our frisky digital-native members have been moderating and managing a bunch of company and project social media sites. You are guaranteed to feel safe when letting us support or invade yours.

JOURNALISM & COPYWRITING

Starting from 2016, we now have among us Newcomers who are specialized in radio and TV journalism. So, in case you are in need of a talented journalist or creation of updated and trendy content to your website, print, blog, TV or radio show, you know who to call.

FESTIVALS & EVENTS

One of BBG’s trademarks is pop-up offices and parties during film festivals. We have vision, ideas, solutions and proper knowledge to set up an office, a party or a promotional happening to any film festival location. Contact us to find out more! We are in love with the festival fever and never say no, if we have a chance to participate in a project or two.

Are you an indie film-maker?

Many BBG members have a strong background in indie films and are always happy to help out passionate productions. As professionals, we can share a lot of information and knowledge that could be useful in your production and its workflow. Due to our own previous projects, we understand low budgets and hope to be able to offer win-win solutions to amateur or beginner film-makers, and new start-ups as well.

If you have a project in pre-production, are planning a crowdfunding campaign, want to send your film to international film festivals, wonder about how to execute new methods during shoots or wish to reorganise your crew to function better, we can offer you help and advice, or even come and work through the daily challenges with you. Contact us and let us know what you’re up to!

Do you wish to team up with us?

BBG is a network completely based on freelancers and their talents. Our members are people who we’ve run into in our past projects and who we felt were so great we wanted to keep on working with them.

We do not have an open application platform for those who want to become a member of the network. However, we are always interested in meeting new people, and so we want to encourage you to come by our office or send us an email, if you feel that BBG could be your thing. We’d be glad to hear about you, and maybe we could see if there is a project where we could work together.

You can contact us anytime by emailing info@blockbustersgang.com

Are you a film-maker interested in BBG Coaching?

We feel knowledge should be shared, not kept in secret. This is the heart and soul of BBG Coaching - a new concept launched in early 2016.

BBG Coaching’s mission is to make it easy for any professionals, students or beginners in the film industry to learn about new or more specific and detailed subjects. We aim to provide exciting and interesting lectures and workshops for anyone who has a thirst for knowledge and who wishes to keep educating themselves.

BBG Coaching is organised by us with varying collaborators and experts outside of our Gang. To get the latest updates of any workshops and lectures available, send an email to coaching@blockbustersgang.com to subscribe to our mailing list.

Are you an actor or performer?

We are constantly looking for new talents to grow our record of performers, actors and actresses. If you wish to send your information to our performer database, please contact us at casting@blockbustersgang.com and include the following information in your email:

Filled-in form, downloaded from this link
Up-to-date headshot of yourself
Your own acting CV (optional)

We’ll contact you to confirm that we’ve received your information.
All our open casting calls can be found on our FB page by clicking here.

PROJECTS WE’VE BEEN INVOLVED IN LATELY…
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THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER (FEATURE FILM)

In Pre-Production
Dir. Aku Louhimies
Prod. Mikko Tenhunen
Production Company: Elokuvaosakeyhtiö Suomi 2017
Us: Assistant Director / Production Manager (development), Production Coordinator (development), Production Assistant (pre-production)

See details on webpage

DNA: KAUPUNGIN NOPEIN (COMMERCIAL)

Dir. Jani Volanen
DOP Tuomo Hutri
Production Company: RAW&LAND
Us: 1st Assistant Director, 2nd Assistant Camera, Production Trainee

Watch in YouTube

TRIBUTE VIDEO TO LEMMY KILMISTER BY VALIO (COMMERCIAL)

Dir. Markus Vilpiö
DOP Jani Kumpulainen
Production Company: Hasan Motion
Us: Location Manager

Watch in Youtube

SONERA SOVELLUSGURU (COMMERCIAL)

Dir. Marko Mäkilaakso
DOP Heikki Slåen
Prod. Teemu Virta
Production Company: Roger! Pictures
Us: Casting, Lighting Electrician

MY DEAR FRIEND (SHORT FILM)

Dir. Lauri Laukkanen
DOP Heikki Slåen
Prod. Lauri Laukkanen
Production Company: Gallop Films
Us: Head of Sales & Marketing, Sales & Marketing Coordinator, Production Manager, 1st Assistant Director, Production Intern, Casting, Casting Assistant, 2nd Assistant Director, Lighting Electrician

Watch in Youtube

ELOKUVANI-WORKSHOP FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS (WORKSHOP)

4-week workshop to asylum seekers in Munkkiniemi reception centre
Us: Head of Production, Assistant to Head of Production, Production Assistant, Premiere arrangements

SIXT CAR RENTALS (COMMERCIAL)

Dir. Lauri Laukkanen
Prod. Mete Sasioglu
Production Company: Sons of Lumiére, Gallop Films
Us: Line Producer, 1st Assistant Director, Production Coordinator, 2nd Assistant Director, Lighting Electrician

TESLA (FEATURE FILM)

In Development
Dir. Arto Halonen
Prod. Arto Halonen
Production Company: Art Film Production AFP
Us: 1st Assistant Director / Script breakdown and shooting schedule

SYYSPRINSSI (FEATURE FILM)

In Production
Dir. Alli Haapasalo
DOP. Rauno Ronkainen
Production Company: Solar Films Inc. Oy
Us: Assistant Location Manager

BORDERTOWN (TV-SERIES)

In Production
Dir. Miikko Oikkonen, Jyri Kähönen, Juuso Syrjä
DOP. Mika Orasmaa, Anssi Leino
Production Company: Fisher King Production
Us: Location Manager (Lappeenranta)

KOHTUUTTOMUUKSIA (TV-SERIES)

In Post-Production
Dir. Petri Kotwica
DOP. Harri Räty
Production Company: Solar Films Inc. Oy
Us: Assistant Location Manager

THE WHITE RAGE (DOCUMENTARY FEATURE)

In Post Production
Dir. Arto Halonen
Prod. Arto Halonen
Production Company: Art Film Production AFP
Us: 1st Assistant Director, Production Interns

See details in official Facebook-page

UNETON48 GOES LONG: NIGHT GOES LONG (FEATURE FILM)

Dir. Vesa Kuosmanen, Henri Huttunen
Prod. Mete Sasioglu
DOP Heini Mäntylä
Production Company: Uneton48 ry, Sons of Lumiére
Us: Line Producer, 1st Assistant Director, 2nd Assistant Directors, Casting, Production Coordinator, Collaboration Coordinator, Marketing Manager, VIP Host

See details in webpage

CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN FOR UNETON48 GOES LONG IN 2015

Production Company: Uneton48 ry, Sons of Lumiére
Us: Campaign Manager, Campaign Consulting

See details in campaign webpage

THE GUARDIAN ANGEL (FEATURE FILM)

In Development
Dir. Arto Halonen
Prod. Arto Halonen
Production Company: Art Film Production AFP
Us: 1st Assistant Director / Script breakdown and shooting schedule

RENDEL IN CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2015

Production Company: Bad Deaver Productions
Us: Production Manager, Office Manager, Marketing Manager, Marketing Assistant

CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN FOR RENDEL IN 2015

Production Company: Bad Deaver Productions
Us: Campaign Manager, Campaign Coordinator, Campaign plan and schedule

See details in campaign webpage

AMERICAN BURGER (FEATURE FILM)

Dir. Johan Bromander, Bonita Drake
Prod. Anna G. Magnúsdóttir, Anders Granström
Production Company: LittleBig Productions
Us: Distribution & Marketing in Finnish Territory

See details in webpage

RENDEL (FEATURE FILM)

In Pre-Production
Dir. Jesse Haaja
DOP Henrik Mennander
Production Company: Bad Beaver Productions, Haaja & Arwo Design
Us: Production Manager, Script breakdown and shooting schedule, Crowdfunding Campaign Management & Planning, Crowdfunding Campaign Coordination

See details in webpage

NEVER ENDING DREAM CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN SPRING 2015

Dir. Petri Luukkainen
Production company: Sons Of Lumíere
Us: Campaign Planning, Campaing Management

See details in webpage

TEATER MESTOLA: KOMEDIN OM FELIX LIV (THEATER)

Dir. Fabian Silen
Production Company: Teater Mestola
Us: Rehearsal schedules

Official site

AIRLOCK (FEATURE FILM)

Producers: John Keville, Conor Barry
Production Company: Savage Productions
Us: Junior Assistant Director / Script breakdown and shooting schedule

LAISKIAISENI (SHORT FILM)

Dir. Juho Aittanen
DOP Tatu Tuominen
Production Company: Tampere University of Applied Sciences
Us: Production Manager, 1st Assistant Director, 2nd Assistant Director

REPLACEMENTS / IHON ALLA (TV-SERIES)

In post-production
Dir. Miikko Oikkonen, Jyri Kähönen, Jappe Päivinen
DOP Mika Orasmaa, Anssi Leino
Production Company: Fisher King Production
Us: 1st Assistant Director, 2nd Assistant Director, Assistant Location Manager

See details in webpage

ME EI VIETETÄ JOULUA (SHORTFILM)

Dir. Khadar Ahmed
DOP Arttu Peltomaa
Production Company: Sons of Lumiére
Us: 1st Assistant Director, 2nd Assistant Director, Catering Coordination

See details in webpage (Finnish)

ANGRY BIRDS TOONS 2 (ANIMATION SERIES)

Dir. Kim Helminen, Thomas Lepeska, Jari Vaara, Juanma Sanchez
Production Company: Rovio Entertainment Ltd.
Us: Assistant Director / Director’s Assistant

Watch in ToonsTV

NOKIA SUSTAINABILITY: WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU EAT A CELL PHONE?

Production Company: Dididii Oy
Director / DOP: Miika Ullakko
Us: Production Staff

Watch in YouTube

NOKIA SUSTAINABILITY: HOW TO CHARGE YOUR PHONE BY DANCING

Production Company: Dididii Oy
Director / DOP: Miika Ullakko
Us: Production Staff

Watch in YouTube

NOKIA SUSTAINABILITY: HOW TO MAKE PHONE COVER FROM OLD CDS

Production Company: Dididii Oy
Director / DOP: Miika Ullakko
Us: Production Staff

Watch in YouTube

PERSONAL THANK YOU VIDEOS FROM UDO KIER, STEPHANIE PAUL AND TIMO VUORENSOLA

Part of Iron Sky The Coming Race Crowdfunding Campaign 2013
Production Company: Blind Spot Pictures
Us: Production Team Lead, Production Staff, Planning, Release Arrangements, Marketing (until Dec. 2013)

Watch in YouTube
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IRON SKY THE COMING RACE CROWDFUNDING CAMPAING AT INDIEGOGO 2013

Production Companies: Blind Spot Pictures
Us: Campaign Management, Team Leading, Scheduling, Marketing Execution, Communications, Funders Data Managent, Perks Delivery (until Dec. 2013)

Watch in YouTube

NORDIC GENRE INVASION IN CANNES 2013 AND TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2013

Collaboration of Nordic and German production companies and visual effect studio creating genre films and TV-series
Production Companies: Blind Spot Pictures, 27 Films Production, Fisher King Production, Tappeluft Pictures, Little Big Productions, Troll VFX
Us: Office Management, Project Coordination, Promotion, Marketing Assistance

REICH STUFF STORE ON TOUR 2013

Production Company: Blind Spot Pictures
Us: Tour Management, Team Leading, Marketing, Sales and Promotion

Watch in YouTube

VEIKKAUKSEN VOITTOVARATARKASTAJA NUMERO 47 (PROMOTIONAL VIDEO)

Dir. Timo Vuorensola
DOP Mika Orasmaa
Production Company: KLOK
Us: 1st Assistant Director, 2nd Assistant Director, Catering Assistance

Watch in YouTube

PETRI NYGÅRD – 3 ASIAA (MUSIC VIDEO)

Dir. Timo Vuorensola
DOP Mika Orasmaa
Production Company: Open Records
Us: 1st Assistant Director, Production Assistance

Watch in YouTube

IRON SKY DIRECTOR’S CUT (FEATURE FILM)

Dir. Timo Vuorensola
DOP Mika Orasmaa
Production Companies: Blind Spot Pictures, 27 Films, New Holland Production
Us: Post Production Coordination, Blu-Ray Production Coordination, Producion and Office Assistance, Marketing and Media Assistance

Watch in YouTube

8-BALL (FEATURE FILM)

Dir. Aku Louhimies
DOP Mika Orasmaa
Production Companies: Blind Spot Pictures Oy, Mjök Oy
Us: Post Production Coordination, Marketing Assistance, Premiere Arrangements, PR Assistance

Watch in YouTube

IRON SKY DIRECTOR’S CUT FAN SCREENING AT BERLIN FEB. 2013

Production Companies: Blind Spot Pictures, 27 Films Production
Us: Project Coordination (Finland), Merchandize Sales and Promotion

NEVERLAND 2012 AFTERMOVIE

DOP Karri Komsi, Joonas Kirjavainen
Production Company: Fresh Tunes Finland
Us: Production Management

Watch in YouTube

JEREMIAH HARM PROMO

Dir. Timo Vuorensola
DOP Mika Orasmaa
Production Company: Bazelevs Production, Cheyenne Enterprises, Boom! Studios, Blind Spot Pictures
Us: 1st Assistant Director

Watch in YouTube

HEAVYWEIGHT – FIREWORKS (MUSIC VIDEO)

Production Company: Fresh Tunes Finland
Us: Direction Department, Production Staff

Watch in YouTube

HEAVYWEIGHT – COME ALIVE (MUSIC VIDEO)

Production Company: Rockmonster Records
Us: Direction Department, Production Staff

Watch in YouTube

BIISONIMAFIA 2ND SEASON (TV SERIES)

Dir. Kaitsu Walfrid Rinkinen
DOP Olli Johansson
Production Company: KR Produktio Oy
Us: Assistant Director, Assistant Producer

Watch in YouTube