Alex & Steffen, the standout live-action and visual effects directorial team, hassigned with Saville Productions for exclusive spot representation in North America. The directing duo, comprised of Alexander Kiesl and Steffen Hacker, formed their partnership in 2005 after studying animation and special effects at the University of Baden-Württemberg in Germany.
As winners of the Young Director's Award in Cannes, Alex & Steffen specializes in visually striking action-driven cinematic filming, combining live-action shots with computer generated digital effects. The duo has filmed over 50 commercials with national and international agencies. Their commercial portfolio includes work for: Adidas, Nissan, Honda, Bosch, Alfa Romeo, Coca Cola and Snickers, among others. In 2006, they were selected for the Saatchi & Saatchi New Director's Showcase.
Alex & Steffen garnered international interest for their work after helming two successful action-packed campaigns for Snickers. Combining feature film-quality VFX with live-action, “Rugby” and “Tag” featured Hybrid robot-human creatures playing rugby in an abandoned planeyard. In 2011, Alex & Steffen’s “Infinity” spot for Batelco created a huge buzz on social media and was among the winners of TED’s “10 Ads Worth Spreading.”
One of Alex & Steffen’s most recognized campaigns to date are a series of 22 commercials filmed for Turkish White Goods manufacturer, Vestel. The VFX campaign brought the CG protagonists to life through a wildly exciting cinematic approach. The campaign follows the adventures of the Vestel robots through households andaround the whole globe - from the Arctic to the Wild West, the African coast, to military airbases. Noted for its creative and visually stunning 3D characters, the Vestel spots have garnered much success, winning the directing duo two Crystal Apples for best commercials.
Rounding out their talents in visual effects-intense commercials, the duo also lead their own postproduction as visual effect supervisors. As partners of their own post-production company in Germany, Alex & Steffen continually push the boundaries of creativity for all of their projects by overseeing the film from start to finish. The duo are well equipped with a team of more than 40 full-time employees/VFX artists, ensuring every spot´s highest quality.
Alex & Steffen’s most recent project includes a spot for Unilever’s Lifebuoy. They also helmed the latest Adidas campaign with Snoop Dogg for London agency, Creature.
Alex & Steffen join Saville’s roster comprised of high-end commercials directors including: Lance Kelleher, David Harner, Daniel Borjesson, and Robert Nylund, and Hollywood's leading feature film directors including: Martin Campbell, Barry Levinson, James McTeigue, Bryan Singer, Wim Wenders, and Roger Michell.