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Based in Los Angeles, cinematographer Eric Schmidt has photographed films and television shows for directors Mark Pellington, Simon West, Agnieska Holland and Yann Samuell, as well as hundreds of commercials with directors like Noam Murro, Wayne McClammy, Andreas Nilsson, Damian Kulash and Steve Miller.

Schmidt began his career filming the series “Cold Case” for producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and his work was nominated for Best Cinematography in a Television Series by the American Society of Cinematographers.   He extended his narrative credentials on the movies “The Mechanic” starring Jason Statham, Donald Sutherland and Ben Foster and “I Melt With You” with Rob Lowe, Carla Gugino and Thomas Jane.

Most recently, he was behind the lens filming additional cinematography on the movies “The Last Thing He Wanted” directed by Dee Rees (“Mudbound”) starring Anne Hathaway and “The Wolverine” directed by James Mangold.

Eric lensed the Cannes Bronze Lion spot “Roam Free” for Land Rover directed by Noam Murro via Y&R NYC and the Gold Clio winning campaign “World’s Most Interesting Man” for Dos Equis for director Steve Miller via Havas Worldwide.

He was also behind the lens on the standout spots “Driven” for Chevy, “Empty Chair” for Guinness and “Ideas” for GE.  This past summer he filmed the launch campaign for the brand new line of Harley Davidsons for Wolfes, MNPLS.

His spot “Epic Builder” for Money Super Market won Campaing Magazine’s award for Campaign of the Year for Mother/London, directed by Noam Murro via biscuitfilmworks.

Eric has created unique looks for the music videos “Best of You” Foo Fighters, “Do You Realize” Flaming Lips, “Girls in Their Summer Clothes” Bruce Springsteen, and  “Skyscraper” Demi Lovato with director Mark Pellington.  He has worked with and photographed dozens of music videos for Coldplay, Beck, Tom Petty, Adele, Alpha Rev, Wilco, Chris Isaak, and Sting.

Eric lives with his wife and two children in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles.


Apple, Google, Facebook, Tik Tok, Mercedes, Peugeot, Nissan, Honda, Cadillac Chevy, GMC, Land Rover, BMW, Peugeot, Lexus, Fiat, Harley Davidson, Hyundai, Ford, Toyota, VW, Mitsubishi, Uber, NASCAR, Exxon, Arco, Apple, Microsoft, Intel, Motorola, Nest, Nationwide, ATT+T, Roku, HP, Hay Day, American Express, Visa, Mastercard, Dos Equis, Guinness, Patrón, Smith+Forge Hard Cider, Miller Genuine Draft, Michelob Ultra, Budweiser, Corona, Marlboro, Nokia, Verizon, Spectrum, Netflix, Directv, Xfinity, Vonage, Comcast, Travelocity, Expedia, Nest, Time Warner, AT+T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Target, V8, Muscle Milk, Diet Coke, Mountain Dew, Snapple, Gatorade, Talenti, GE, AXE, Aflac, Allstate, State Farm, Esurance, Geico,, Super Money Market, Omega Watches, JC Penny, Toshiba, Old Spice, Nintendo, Travelocity, Carnival Cruise Lines, GoDaddy, Tempurpedic, Jockey, Fruit of the Loom, Nike, New Balance, Footlocker, Lowe’s, McDonald’s, Burger King, Jack in the Box, Subway, Tostitos, Ruffles, Doritos, Carraba’s, ESPN, HBO, Academy Awards, Chase Bank, US Bank, PNC Bank, Frost Bank, TransUnion Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Duracell, Energizer, Choice Hotels, FEDEX, Petsmart, Pier One, Letgo, CA Lottery


Noam Murro, Andreas Nilson, Guy Shelmerdine, Steve Miller, Ted Melfi, Aaron Stoller, Wayne McClammey, Dee Rees, Lena Beug, Rodrigo Saiz Garcia, Damien Kulash, Jörn Threlfall,  Nic Ella, Sean Collings, Perlorian Brothers, Martin Granger, Terri Timely, Jeff Low, Jon Watts, AG Rojas, Cameron Harris, Braden King, Chris Wilcha, Mike Maguire, Benji Weinstein, Geordie Stevens, Jeff Bednarz, Pam Thomas, Rhys Thomas, Dave Laden, Frank Todaro, Mark Pellington, Chris Milk, Gary Freedman, Tim Skouzen, Marcus Nispel, Trent Jalestnik, Malcolm Venville, Alison Maclean, Jeffrey Fleisig, Clay Weiner, Jim Hosking, Peter Darley Miller, Grady Hall, Chris Rhiel, Shynola, Mark Kudsi, Lenard Dorfman, Renny Maslow, Logan, David Carson, Paul Gay, Craig Gillespie, Jesse Peretz, David Grey, Danny Clinch, Rick Sittig, David Shane, Wayne McClammy, Rick Sittig, Lisa Rubisch, Matthew Cullen, Yann Samuel, James Mangold, Agnieska Holland.


Adele, Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters, Mumford & Sons, Sting, Band of Horses, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Interpol, Gnarls Barkley, Beck, Coldplay, David Gray, Michael Jackson, Semisonic, Akon, L.L. Cool J, Demi Lovato, David Garza, The Fray, The Flaming Lips, Mary J. Blige, Ash, Self, Elysian Fields, Low, Liz Phair, David Garza, Felix da Housecat, Self, Bootsy Collins, Matisyahu, Alpha Rev, Chris Isaak, Wilco


Features: The Mechanic, I Melt With You, Henry Poole Is Here, My Sassy Girl, Dead Dog Television Pilots: Red Widow, Close to Home, Back, and Cold Case (Series). Long Form Music Documentary: Wilco “Kicking Television”, Chris Isaak “Baja Sessions” 2nd Unit Features: X-Men: The Wolverine, The Last Thing He Wanted, Arlington Road, The Minus Man, The Ex, Going All The Way, Crime and Punishment in Suburbia