Iiris Orasmaa

1st Assistant Director

Our Co-Founder Iiris first started filmmaking when she was in primary school and completed her first independent film after her 12th birthday. Today she’s one of Finland’s most experienced 1st AD’s – in the last years she’s ran sets in Finland, Norway, Estonia, Sweden, US and Djibouti and worked with crew and production companies from UK, China, Japan, Czech, Germany, France, Iceland, Ireland, India, Denmark, Belgium and Australia. Due to her interest in global films Iiris has been focusing on international co-productions lately and wants to improve her skill set towards even bigger projects.

As a 1st AD Iiris is known to be strict yet kind. She notices quickly if there’s anything wrong in the team’s dynamics and is also very determined to fix the problems right away. She cares about her team’s wellbeing, which balances well her ambitious need to exceed everyone’s expectations. Besides her passion for details and strong on-set attitude she always prioritises safe and equal working conditions for all. Iiris in her element when resolving emergency situations and coordinating complex scenes and schedules – and considers AD’s job as being the glue holding together creative vision, production and its crew and cast.

Iiris never completed her BA but has participated further education courses such as Production Value by Focal Resource. This fall 2022 Iiris started 6-month leadership and business studies at European pilot education program Audiovisual Women. Iiris has also been greatly involved in training industry newcomers for years – she’s regularly teaching in ELO Film School / Aalto University (FI) and has also lectured eg. in Greenwich University (UK), Academy of Moving People and Images (FI) and YLE Finnish National Broadcasting Company.

Iiris is also a member of European Film Academy, Filmiaura, European Women’s Audiovisual Network (EWA) and Women in Film and Television Finland (WIFT).

Skills

Scheduling
Script Breakdowns
Running the set
Production planning
Team leading
Problem solving
Teaching & mentoring

Certificates

Production Safety Passport (PSP) / UK
Covid-19 Risk Management in Productions / UK
Hot Work Certificate (tulityökortti) / FI
EA1 – First Aid 1 / FI

Languages

Finnish (native)
English (full professional proficiency)
Swedish (basics)

Education details

BA in Film & Television Production / TAMK University of Applied Sciences / Undergraduate
Production Value Workshop / Focal Resource / Completed in 2015
Working Together Workshop / Focal Resource / Completed in 2018
Audiovisual Women – 6 month leadership & communication program / Erich Pommer Institut / Currently studying

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Selected works

Feature Films

Andra Akten / Nordisk Film Sverige / 2022 – dir. Mårten Klingberg
Black Crab / Indio Film, Netflix Studios / 2022 – dir. Adam Berg
Memory of Water / Bufo, Allfilm, Pandora Film, Mer Film / 2022 – dir. Saara Saarela
Gravedigger’s Wife / Bufo, Pyramide Production, Twenty Twenty Vision / 2021 – dir. Khadar Ahmed
The Renovation (Se mieletön remppa) / Solar Films, Don Films / 2020 – dir. Taneli Mustonen
Risto Räppääjä ja Pullistelija / Solar Films / 2019 – dir. Markus Lehmusruusu
Heavy Trip / Making Movies, Mutant Koala / 2018 – dir. Jukka Vidgren, Juuso Laatio

TV Series

Cold Courage / Luminoir, Potemkino Port, Vigo Films, Saga Film Nordic / 2019 – dir. Kadir Ferati Balci, Agneta Fagerström – Finnish Unit
Paradise S2 / Matila Röhr Productions / 2020 – Script Breakdown & Shooting Schedule
Peacemaker S1 / Matila Röhr Productions / 2019 – Script Breakdown & Shooting Schedule
Paradise S1 / Matila Röhr Productions / 2019 – Script Breakdown & Shooting Schedule

Commercials

Toyota Gazoo: Latvala Movie / Otto Tuotanto / 2017 – dir. Daisuke Kobayashi
SKODA Hockey IIHF 2017 / Directors Guild, Bistro Films / 2017 – dir. Will Mayer
Royal London / Nafta Films, Agile Films / 2017 – dir. Ben Whitehouse
Samsung x Casey Neistat: Human Flying Drone / General Population, Raw&Land Storytelling / 2016 – dir. Casey Neistat

Iiris on other platforms:

The Gravediggers Wife
Memory of Water
Black Crab
Andra Akten
Heavy Trip 1
Se Mieletön Remppa