Kristian Setälä

Assistant Director

Say hello to Kristian – our social butterfly, multi-talent and upcoming Assistant Director!

Kristian’s background is as a Director-DP. He has worked on dozens of commercials, music videos and short films and gotten to work with 1st AD’s himself. Some of these productions were shot with a lighter crew and during these he often took it upon himself to make sure the production proceeds and all material is shot in time. This has given him the added valuable experience of running a set, even though he hasn’t been credited as the 1st AD.

With us Kristian has worked since summer 2022 after joining the BBG AD Bootcamp’s first edition. In the program he learned to work with Movie Magic Scheduling and created a breakdown, schedule, call sheets and extras breakdown. This means he’s now piloted these steps and learned tools to develop his skills in the office too.

Kristian is social and fun to be around. He comes along with people, can small talk well with anyone and is always excited to join any kinds of production. With his former experience from other departments Kristian’s understanding of technical departments is better than most AD’s. And he speaks three languages daily – making him a perfect candidate to join any production speaking Finnish, Swedish or English (or a combination of these)!

Kristian is natural with performers due to his work as a Director, understands stories and content, has talent in organising things and vision for casting great characters. This makes him a great 3rd AD or Crowd AD. He has also run few shorter and smaller gigs as the 1st AD. This greatly supports his abilities on handling larger productions as part of the AD team too.

Skills

Working with extras and actors
Running the set
Call sheets
Assisting in script breakdowns
Videography

Softwares

Adobe Premiere Pro CC (advanced)
Adobe Photoshop (intermediate)
Microsoft Office Suite (intermediate)
Movie Magic Scheduling (beginner)


Languages

Finnish (native)
Swedish (native)
English (2nd language)

Education details

Participant at BBG AD Bootcamp – 8-week further education course of Assistant Directing / 2022

BA in directing and screenwriting
/ Arcada University Of Applied Sciences / Graduated in 2018

Vocational degree in media science, digital communication and media/multimedia / Yrkesinstitutet Prakticum / Graduated in 2010

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Selected works

Feature Films

AS A 2ND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Perhoset / Tekele / 2024 – dir. Jenni Toivoniemi

AS AN AD ASSISTANT

TBA / Made / TBA – dir. TBA – development (assisting in script breakdown)
Levoton tuhkimo / Yellow Film & TV / 2024 – dir. Mari Rantasila – development, script breakdown and shooting schedule draft during BBG AD Bootcamp 2022

TV Series

AS A 1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Året i Sagoskogen / PARAD / 2023 – dir. Sanna Sofia Vuori – additional

AS A 2ND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Limbo S2 / Yellow Film & TV / TBA – dir. TBA
L/Over / Gutsy Animations / TBA – dir. Aleksi Salmenperä

AS A 3RD ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Amidst a Snowstorm of Love / Inland Film Company / 2023 – dir. TBA – Helsinki Unit, additional
Kotka 10 / Yellow Film & TV / 2023 – dir. Jyri Kähönen – additional (on-set)

AS A CROWD MARSHALL

Constellation / Turbine Studios / 2023 – dir. Michelle McLauren, Oliver Hirschbiegel, Joseph Cedar – additional, Finnish Unit

Shorts

AS A 1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Katastrofielokuvien loppukohtauksia / Empire Pictures, Production Company Firma / 2023 – dir. Tellervo Kalleinen, Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen
Menage a Trois / Aracada Film School / 2022 – dir. Tomas Linders von Kantzow
Fore! / ELO Film school / 2022 – dir. Kiia Kuivalainen

Commercials

AS A 1st ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

TBA / Tonto Helsinki / 2022 – dir. Sami Joensuu
TBA / Tonto Helsinki / 2022 – dir. Sami Joensuu

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