Director and ambassador of the newly launched Free The Bid Germany grew up on an army base and lusts over Berlin’s underground architecture
Free The Bid officially launched in Germany last month as Serviceplan, a global agency founded and headquartered in Munich, pledged to support the global movement. The person tasked with heading up Free The Bid in Germany is Elisha Smith-Leverock, a Berlin-based director who shoots music videos, fashions films and commercials. Her experimental shorts have bagged awards and toured the world. (You can read her thoughts on Free The Bid’s German launch here.)
But we wanted to get to know the real Elisha. A quick pick of her brain for her Essential List reveals that she grew up on an army base, digs diving into the world of true crime, and all manner of other truths.
o Place of birth: An army base in southern Germany.
o Hometown: It's complicated. We moved a lot.
o Staycation: My balcony or the nearest swimming pool.
o Vacation: Palm Springs or Ibiza.
o Place of work: On set or home office. I’m easily distracted when trying to write when around people.
o Place of workout: Every Thursday, pilates in my living room with the most patient teacher in town.
o Mode of transport: Public – I enjoy people watching and I love all the ‘70s architecture in the Berlin stations. I also like walking; it clears my head.
o Miscellaneous Travel Essential: Books, books, books and my reading glasses.
o Artist: Larry Bell.
o Musician: Can, KOKOKO! and Khruangbin.
o Commercials / music video director: Kim Gehrig.
o Film director: Some of the ones whose films have had the greatest impact on me are John Carpenter, Claire Denis, David Cronenberg, Susan Seidleman and Amy Heckerling.
o Photographer: Philip Lorca Dicorcia, Joseph Szabo and Petra Collins.
o Film: There are just too many to love!
o Series: At the moment Broad City, Atlanta, Baskets, Mindhunter and way too many others.
o Commercial/Branded Content: Recent work I liked for vastly different reasons:
o Music Video: It’s actually a video I got to shoot for my husband.
o Book: I’m currently reading On Dolls, a collection of essays.
o Podcast: Revisionist History, Benjamen Walker’s Theory Of Everything, Love + Radio as well as anything to do with true crime.
o Newspaper (off or online): The Guardian, NY Times, SZ and Buzzfeed for good measure.
o Miscellaneous Art: A pasta necklace my son made for me.
Food and Drink
o Breakfast: Porridge with blueberries.
o Restaurant: +84 (the vegan side).
o Cheap bite: Temple of Seitan whenever I am in London, otherwise falafel.
o Working lunch: Somewhere with vegan options.
o Dish: Homemade vegan spag bol.
o Snack: Leftover kids snacks from my three-year-old. Mushy bananas, mini pretzels and sandy raisins.
o Guilty Pleasure: Brammibal’s Vegan Doughnuts.
o Tipple: Coke.
o Soft Tipple: Coke Zero.
o Miscellaneous food: Homemade cinnamon rolls.
o Miscellaneous Beverage: Yogi tea.
o Phone: iPhone 7 Plus.
o Computer: MacBook Pro.
o TV: Cinema.
o Headphones: The ones that come with the phone.
o Camera: The one that comes with the phone.
o Soundsystem: …The one that comes with the phone.
o Pen / pencil: Hotel pencils and pens.
o Where you document an idea: Notebooks, backs of envelopes and VoiceMemos.
o Casual wear: Pyjamas.
o Smart wear: Not pyjamas.
o Footwear: Sneakers, slippers, sliders, flatforms. No closed shoes after March.
o App: Instagram and RealizD (so I know when I have spent too much time on Instagram).