Chris Schmid Portrait

Chris Schmid is an accomplished natural history filmmaker and Director of Photography who has been recognized with several awards for his work. With over a decade of experience, Chris is known for his ability to create stunning visuals and compelling stories that combine cinematic aesthetics with a documentary style. He is particularly skilled at working in some of the most challenging environments on earth, particularly when it comes to filming big cats.

Chris's work is driven by a deep passion for nature and a desire to raise awareness about the fragility of our planet.

As a self-shooting DoP and camera operator, Chris has worked on a wide range of film and still projects from conception to completion, developing a remarkable knowledge of long lens work, beautiful composition, high-speed filming, and animal behavior anticipation. He uses the latest RED and Sony cameras to capture breathtaking imagery. His core skills also include gimbal and drone camera operation, as well as underwater filming.

By combining his love of natural history with his technical expertise, Chris strives to create engaging and educational content that emphasizes conservation and wildlife protection. His impressive client list includes major industry players such as Disney Nature, BBC, National Geographic, Sony, Terra Mater, Arte, WildAid, and WWF.


Chris Schmid owns and maintains a wide collection of filming equipment. Packages include RED V-Raptor & Komodo-X, Sony FX6 and a7SIII, as well as Canon 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 Cine Servo Zoom, Sony and Angenieux lenses, steadycam, underwater housings, drones and grip systems.


A portfolio of natural behavioural sequences that Chris has authored are available to license directly with Chris or on Filmsupply.


Chris has contributed a number of behavioural sequences to natural history documentary series, including Big Beasts, Frozen Planet 2, Hostile Planet and Wild Nordic.


Selected works