Berner is a graduate of the MS in Digital Imaging & Design at NYU's CADA program. Of Austrian decent, he grew up in Germany and received an undergraduate degree in Communication Design from Dusseldorf University. He came to the States in 1992 to run the New York offices of Select and The Manipulator photography magazines. Before going back to school for his MS degree, he worked as Director of Motion for the Eisnor Interactive Internet agency, founded the Permanent Eye Pictures independent film production company, and produced/directed music videos and commercials for Elektra, Universal, Def Jam, Palomar Pictures and Crossroads. Berner taught introductory and intermediate level Maya 3D workshops at Eyebeam as part of their Spring 2004 Moving Image and Interactive Sound/Graphic Environment Software workshop series.