Mikko Niskala

Assistant Director

Being one of the most known Assistant Directors in Finland Mikko has worked on all positions in the department through the years.

Mikko took his time building a strong background on both 3rd and 2nd ADing prior to starting up as a 1st. He has seen all kinds of sets – small, big, local, international, you name it. Besides being on set a lot he’s got years of experience in casting of background actors. All that understanding has played a big part of his calmness now as he’s entered the position of the 1st AD. Mikko is known as an easy-going Assistant Director with good social skills and an eye for crowd scenes.

In the coming years Mikko is especially interested to evolve his skills towards international productions. He’s looking for any positions that’d give him more knowledge and knowhow in large scale projects including multiple countries and multinational companies. Besides that he’s a happy 1st AD for any films and series within our beloved Finland!

Skills

Script breakdowns
Scheduling
Crowd management
Call sheets
Directing crowds and featured extras

Softwares

Movie Magic Scheduling
MS Office
Google Drive

Certificates

Driver’s license B

Languages

Finnish (native)
English (working proficiency)

Education details

BA in Media Production / Oulu University of Applied Sciences / 2012-2016

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Selected works

Feature Films

AS 1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Anna Minun Rakastaa Enemmän / Aurora Pictures / TBC – dir. Oskari Sipola – currently in production
Prinsessa Pikkiriikki / Helsinki-filmi  / 2024 – dir. Lauri Maijala

AS A 2ND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Svalta / XYZ Films / TBA – dir. Steffen Haars – additional
Järjettömän Paska Idea / Helsinki-filmi / 2023 – dir. Pamela Tola
Sieniretki / Helsinki-filmi / 2022 – dir. JP Siili
Kikka! / Komeetta filmi / 2022 – dir. Anna Paavilainen – also extras casting
Tytöt Tytöt Tytöt / Citizen Jane / 2022 – dir. Alli Haapasalo – also extras casting
Ensilumi / Aamu Film Company / 2022 – dir. Hamy Ramezan
Teräsleidit / Helsinki-filmi / 2020 – dir. Pamela Tola -also extras casting

AS A 3RD ASSISTANT DIRECTOR & CROWD CASTING

Vuosisadan häät / Helsinki-filmi / 2021 – dir. Marja Pyykkö
Dual / XYZ Films / 2021 – dir. Riley Stearns – additional
Tove / Helsinki-filmi / 2020 – dir. Zaida Bergroth
Kill Anneli / Delta Stories / TBC – dir. Antti Holma

TV Series

AS 1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Pohjoisen Tähti S2 / Yellow Film & TV / 2024 – dir. Teppo Airaksinen

AS A 2ND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Kiitos Elämä S1 / Tekele Productions / 2023 – dir. Malin Nyqvist & Milla Pelkonen
Kullannuput S2 / Moskito Television / 2023 – dir. Viivi Huuska – also extras casting
Pohjoisen Tähti S1 / Yellow Film & TV / 2022 dir. Teppo Airaksinen
Paradise S2 / Reel Media / 2022 – dir. Marja Pyykkö – Finnish unit
Kullannuput S1 / Moskito Television / 2023 dir. Viivi Huuska – also extras casting
Aikuiset Special / Yellow Film & TV / 2020 dir. Anna Dahlman – also extras casting

AS A 3RD ASSISTANT DIRECTOR & EXTRAS CASTING

Estonia S1 / Fisher King / 2023 – dir. Måns Månsson & Juuso Syrjä – Finnish Unit
Arctic Circle S2 / Yellow Film & TV / 2022 – dir. Juha Lankinen & Jussi Hiltunen
Shadow Lines S1 / Zodiak Finland / 2020 – dir. AJ Annila & Alli Haapasalo
Paras Vuosi Ikinä S1 / Tuffi Films / 2020 – dir. Kirsikka Saari & Selma Vilhunen – extras casting

Commercials

AS A 1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

S-Market / Otto Tuotanto / 2023 – dir. Markus Virpiö
Melkein Mensa Season Promos / Tonto Helsinki / 2023 – dir. TBC
Via Kasvimaa / Otto Tuotanto / 2023 – dir. TBC
Shell 100 vuotta / Otto Tuotanto / 2021 – dir. TBC

AS A 3RD ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Lidl / Directors’ Guild / 2021 – dir. TBC
Alias / Directors Guild / 2020 – dir. TBC
Tokmanni / Bob The Robot / 2020 – dir. TBC

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