BERND&JEFF live in Hamburg/Germany and direct commercials and music videos for international clients worldwide.
Since 2001 Bernd Possardt and Jeffrey Lisk have worked as an award winning directing duo for both acclaimed musical acts and international brands.
Their work is characterized by feature-film-worthy action sequences, lively characters, stunning special effects, and a refreshing mixture of drama and humor. They are real filmmakers, often times giving the impression that they are making exquisite short films rather than commercials.
Some of their most memorable work has come for car manufacturers, including Audi, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Jaguar, Kia, Lamborghini, Maserati, Mercedes- Benz, Volkswagen, and many more.
Speaking to them gives you a sense that they are open-minded and able to anticipate important nuances in character and story. Looking at their work, from rough to final polish, you can see how they always seem to shoot the right stuff and cut great spots. They obviously have a good feeling for trends, their art direction is first class, and they have a solid and comprehensive understanding of the full post production process.
A connection between aesthetics and authenticity is a benchmark in their work. Most important perhaps is the way they clearly know how to embrace the absolute practical demands of the client whilst never letting go of their pure creativity.
JEFFREY LISK was born in Hamburg and grew up in Hamburg & Lagos/Nigeria. After finishing his apprenticeship at a publishing company he studied cultural sciences at the University of Lueneburg.
In 1996 he met Bernd Possardt and together they shot their first image film for famous backpack manufacturer EASTPAK, feat. some of Germany's best skate- & snowboarders.
With his publishing know-how Jeff began his career in the media industry. Shortly after he established the label VAUL & SPÄTH, a music production house with a recording studio and artist management division. Here he began to shoot video clips for their own acts.
BERND POSSARDT was born in Trier. After studying photography at the famous Academy for Photography in Hamburg, Bernd worked several years as a photo-assistant in Hamburg and all over the world.
Together with famous photographer and artist Fritz Brinkmann he developed and produced new scene and trend formats for television such as „Pudel Overnight” (Europe's longest TV Show ever, feat. Rocko Schamoni & Schorsch Kamerun) or „Nightflow” (a TV Show in which Europe's capitals were introduced from the perspective of a skateboard). Here he also got to know Jeffrey Lisk there.
Starting his own career as a photographer in the late nineties, Bernd worked for commercial clients (agencies/magazines/music industry) as well as organizing several single- and group-exhibitions with other photographers. His mix of commercial work and the constant search for conceptional ideas that raise an eyebrow or sparkle a smile helped him a lot when the film industry knocked on his door...
Today Bernd still works as a successful photographer for international brands, magazines and agencies.
„Photography or film, I don't care about what I'm doing, it's more about how I can express myself in different ways”, he says.