Philip Berger is a director / writer and an artist that is among today's emerging pioneers in the creative world. When Philip was young, he made weird skate videos using his dads two VHS video-trailing cameras, cutting the footage together with odd found footage. He would also write and direct zombie movies with bad Italian accents. He has always been passionate about the odd and off-beat, and turning a good, old fashioned story into moving form.
Eventually Philip studied filmmaking at Florida State University's Film School. His career started in the art department on short films, features, commercials and music promos. On shoe-string budgets, he would design the props, the decor and sets using quirky found objects. On the side he made music videos for local emerging bands. With a background in screen-writing, he started to write commercial scripts for clients such as Pepsi, and Verizon. After moving to Stockholm, he began to direct, edit and write commercials full-time.
He has worked with agencies as diverse as Funny or die, MTV/Nickelodeon, Company P, Naked Communications, Abby Norm, Grey, Grow partners, Leo Burnett, Weiden Kennedy, Hyper, Publicis / Voluntaire, and TBWA. As well as clients from Old Milwaukee, Sperbank, MTV, MItsubishi, Djuice (telenor) to Plan International.
Philips commercials for Swedish Match landed him the "Best of the Web" award in 2010. His experimental video for Animal Collective's "Leaf House" was spotlighted at the Future Shorts festival as well as in Diesel's Scandinavian Art Showcase. He has also created commercials from concept to post-production for Nokia, Samsung, Modevandringen, Plan International, H&M and ZTV to name but a few.
Philip is born and raised in the the USA, and now based in Stockholm, Sweden. He speaks English, Swedish and Norwegian fluently. Apart from filmmaking he enjoys cooking, unicorn herding and sunshine wrangling.
His tonic/elixir for life is a warped sense of humor, creativity without a cause, and the wizardry of film. He strives to bring to life well thought out characters that are peculiar, idiosyncratic and sometimes absurd. He places them in situations and performances that are pure, honest and poignant.