Maximilian Schmige was born in Berlin, Germany and is a dual citizen of Germany and Finland. He is the son of the well-known German movie and TV writer Hartmann Schmige.
Schmige has filmed TV shows for Networks such as NBC, NBC Sports, BET, Bravo, TVOne, VH1, and VerizonGo90. Music video work includes for top European artists such as Booba, Jenn Ayache, and Asaf Avidan. Recently completed 2nd unit work for season 2 on Cosmos with Neil DeGrass Tyson. Schmige has done extensive travel for work including Mexico, Costa Rica, Germany, Norway, Serbia, Greece, Russia, India, Jordan, Malaysia and Thailand.
Schmige’s has specialized skills in underwater cinematography and commercial virtual reality filmmaking.
He resides in Los Angeles and splits his time between the USA, Europe and anyplace work takes him. He graduated from the American Film institute with a Masters in cinematography and is a member of IATSE Local 600 as a Director of Photography.
WINNER Hollywood Foreign Press Award
WINNER FujiFilm Grant Recipient
NOMINATED Berlin Music Video Awards for Asaf Avidan Music Video
NOMINATED Lumiere Awards for VR FILM KNIVES
NOMINATED Banff World Media Awards for Young Guns TV series
NOMINATED FANtastic Award best cinematography "Skitta Merrink" Short
“NBC Scouting Camp: The Next Olympic Hopeful” NBC Sports
“The Game of Dating” (10 Episodes Gaming Show) Tvone Prod: A. Smith Co.
“Nellyville” (2 Seasons; 20 Episodes Docu Drama) Prod: eOne
“It's A Mann's world” (2 Seasons; 20 Episodes) BET Prod: eOne
"The Mann's" (1 season; 10 Episodes) TV One Prod: eOne
"Young Guns" (1 season: 48 Episodes) VerizonGo90 Prod: Rogue Atlas
Sarah Darling "Where Cowboys Ride" Dir: Benjamin Kutsko Prod: HKcorp
Jenn Ayache “l'americain” Dir: Nico Davenel Prod: HK Corp, Inc.
Sonny “Not gonna leave her Alone” Dir: Sonny Label: Warner Music
Asaf Avidan “Over my head” Dir: JB Lefournier Prod: HK Corp, Inc.
Booba “Turfu” Dir: Chris Maccari Prod: HK Corp, Inc.
Booba “OKLM” Dir: Chris Maccari Prod: HK Corp, Inc.
Nathalie Beaton “cafe bleau” Dir: Chris Maccari Prod: HK Corp, Inc.
AT&T (with James Harden & Tony Parker) Dir: William Hamilton
Cleatskins (with Jeff Garcia) Dir: Pierce Michael Kavanagh
Orange Mobile Network Dir: Elsa Blayou
Pandora Jewelry Dir: Michael Aoun
Century Link Dir: Rogue Rubin
Everly App Dir: Des Sedaghat
Skechers Dir: Maximilian Schmige
EP & LP Dir: Sophia Banks
Baraboux Fashion Prod: TANK Magazine
UNKUT Paris Dir: Nico Davenel
MFA in Cinematography from American Film Institute
BA in Film Studies from UC Santa Barbara