About Vadim Schulz

A second generation cinematographer - learning from the bottom up.
As a young boy I stood beside my father while he was filming and now I've been in the business for the last 20 years. I started as a cameraman for international broadcasting stations (ORT, ZDF, SWR, Reuters). After a joint apprenticeship at Südwestrundfunk/University of Tübingen I worked as an operator in numerous documentary films, and was attracted to feature film. Film stock became a part of me, light became my friend.

Since the arrival of RED One 2008, I have worked with digital cameras and am an expert in digital workflow and an advisor for such productions.

At present, I work on feature films, TV movies, TVCs and music videos as a cinematographer, camera operator and 2nd unit DP.

I've done a lot of SFX/VFX/CGI camera work such as the Star Wars short which won a bunch of awards and went viral on the web.
Always at your service as an experienced operator, I become one with my camera.
I also know how to use anamorphics and light some nice fantasy or serious drama.

So just give me a call and let's grab an ice cold beer or wine and talk about the next big thing! The force is strong with us right now!

Active Membership in the Society of Camera Operators (SOC)
and the German Society of Cinematographers (BVK)

Projects as director of photography

YearTitleGenredirectorProducerComment
2016KIA SoulEV - Efficient and Economic DrivingCommercialSamuel StefanArthio Productions [ch]
2016Schwalbe Bike Tires - UnplattbarCommercialPhilip RuoppVG Mediastudio GmbH
2015Benaja - 2 SekundenMusic VideoPhilip RuoppVG Mediastudio GmbH
2015DOK - Das Unglück von MattmarkDocumentary (Series), SRF (vormals SF DRS) [ch]MultipleBearPit Films AG [ch]
2014Darth Maul - ApprenticeShort Feature Film Shawn BuT7 ProductionDoP
2014Sacrety - Give What You GotMusic VideoPhilip RuoppVG Mediastudio GmbH
2013marbet - Momente, die begeistern.CommercialBenjamin WaltherFormzwei GmbH
2013Max Factor - Face FinityImage FilmOlga Krämer cinecore Motion Pictures GmbH
2013dm drogerie markt - Make-up ArtistCommercialSteffen Kienzle cinecore Motion Pictures GmbH
2013Heiler Software AG - PIM 7CommercialChristian Hütel cinecore Motion Pictures GmbH
2013Astor - Heidi Color Last VIP Lipstick CollectionCommercialOlga Krämer cinecore Motion Pictures GmbH
2013Schöler Fördertechnik AG - BWFImage FilmSteffen Kienzle cinecore Motion Pictures GmbH
2012Bildungsportal Neckaralb - Aufgeweckte Geister. Bildung ist für jeden da!CommercialPhilipp M. BraunSKANISTA Filmproduktion - Grams, Braun GbR
2011Carl Zeiss AG Camera Lenses - Music and Macro PhotographyImage FilmSabine RanftStorymaker GmbH
2010Eine Vespa in SizilienDocumentary Vadim Schulzmoviemovement
2009Walter Tigers Tübingen - Welcome to the JungleCommercialPhilipp M. Braunmoviemovement
2009Fraunhofer IPA - Ultraclean Technology and MicromanufactoringImage Film Vadim Schulzmoviemovement
2008moviemovement - On SetCommercialMaximilian Buckmoviemovement
2008Rigips GmbH - ClimafitImage FilmNorbert HofmannSTZ10, Steinbeis-Transferzentrum Audiovisuelle Medien
2008Wafios AG / TU Ilmenau - ViSCANImage FilmNorbert HofmannSTZ10, Steinbeis-Transferzentrum Audiovisuelle Medien

Projects as camera operator

YearTitleGenredirector of photographyProducerComment
2018AponovelaSeries Thomas Ch. Weber Bavaria Fiction GmbH (formerly Bavaria Fernsehproduktion)
2017Generalstreik 1918 – die Schweiz am Rande eines BürgerkriegeDocu-Fiction, SRF (vormals SF DRS) [ch]Quinn Evan ReimannSRF Schweizer Radio & Fernsehen (ehem. SF Schweizer Fernsehen) [ch]1st unit Reenactment / Spielfilm
2017Laible und Frisch – Do goht dr DoigFeature Film Notker MahrSchwabenlandfilm GmbH [de]
2015Tatort - FreitodTV-Movie (Series), SRF (vormals SF DRS) [ch]Michael SaxerC-Films AG [ch]
2014VerdachtTV Movie, SRF (vormals SF DRS) [ch]Quinn Evan ReimannDschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion [ch]
2013Dead or Alive / Ölü Ya Da Diri (not completed)Feature FilmMultipleElze Film1st unit
2013Trash DetectiveFeature FilmMultipleFilmakademie Baden-Württemberg [de]
2012The Paragon CortexFeature FilmMultipleWater Gap Pictures, John Kilker [us]
2011LichtShort Feature FilmPaul-Robert KlinarFilmakademie Baden-Württemberg [de]
2010Jan Henning - SignallampeMusic VideoSteffen Kienzlemoviemovement
2010ALB·GOLD Teigwaren - Von allem das BesteImage FilmSteffen Kienzlemoviemovement
2009Live Streammedium length Film, arte, BR [de], SWR [de] Benjamin F. WiegFilmakademie Baden-Württemberg [de]
2007Landesschau unterwegs - FigurentheaterDocumentary (Series)Birger BustorffSWR Südwestrundfunk [de]
2006Novartis Pharma - Pertisau 2006Image FilmMobilight Show-Service & Medientechnik GmbH [at]
2005Das wahre LebenFeature Film Matthias Fleischer TV60Filmproduktion GmbHVideo im Film - day player

Film projects in other capacities

YearTitleGenreDirectorProducerComment
2015Benaja - 2 SekundenMusic VideoPhilip RuoppVG Mediastudio GmbHgaffer
2012Jan Henning - HappeningMusic VideoSteffen Kienzlemoviemovementgaffer
2010ALB·GOLD Teigwaren - Von allem das BesteImage FilmTorsten Weikertmoviemovementgaffer
2010Jan Henning - SignallampeMusic VideoJan Henningmoviemovementgaffer
2010Binder GmbH - BiLuVa LuftbefeuchterImage FilmGabi Kernmoviemovementgaffer
2009computeruniverse.net - Es geht auch einfachCommercialSteffen Kienzlemoviemovementgaffer
2008Margarete Ostheimer GmbH - Holzspielzeug PferdImage FilmPhilip Ruoppmediapowder - Studio für Grafik & Designgaffer
2007Schätze des Landes - Das Gold von PforzheimDocumentary (Series)Willy MeyerSWR Südwestrundfunk [de]1st assistant camera
2006Ein fliehendes PferdFeature FilmRainer KaufmannGate Gagern Television & Film Produktion GmbH [de]1st assistant camera 2nd Unit
2005WolfsnachtShort Feature Film, BR [de]Florian CossenFilmakademie Baden-Württemberg [de]2nd assistant camera
2005Ducati 999R - 666Spec CommercialSteffen ZimmertFilmakademie Baden-Württemberg [de]2nd assistant camera
2005Vier TöchterFeature FilmRainer Kaufmann Claussen+Putz Filmproduktion GmbH (formerly Claussen+Wöbke+Putz)2nd assistant camera
2005Everlast - SiegCommercialSteffen ZimmertFilmakademie Baden-Württemberg [de]2nd assistant camera
2004Müssen Engel FliegenShort Feature FilmLars KreyssigFilmakademie Baden-Württemberg [de]1st assistant camera
2004Ministeriums für Kultus, Jugend und Sport BW - Klettern und NaturschutzCorporate FilmNorbert HofmannEberhard Karls Universität Tübingen [de]eng camera
2003SWR Station ID - Unser DrittesStation IDKlaus HellerSWR Südwestrundfunk [de]2nd assistant camera
2002Bright SpotsShort Feature Film Max TsuiFH Fachhochschule Dortmund [de]1st assistant camera
2002Der Ellwanger Galgen - Geschichte eines RichtplatzesDocumentaryHanspeter MichelSWR Südwestrundfunk [de]eng assistant audio/video KAMERAASSISTENT

Other projects

YearProject typeTitleActivityCompany
2005 - 2011freelancingdiv. ProjekteFotografieVadim Schulz
2005 - 2009freelancingCamera Operator / 1. Kam.Ass.SWR / ARD
2001 - 2004employmentMediengestalter Bild/TonSWR / ARD
2000 - 2001employmentPrivatfernsehenEB KameramannKlarner Medien

Awards

YearAward
2017Star Wars "Darth Maul: Apprentice" -- Goldene Kamera Award -- Nominated
2016Star Wars "Darth Maul: Apprentice" -- Web Video Award -- BEST FILM OF THE YEAR -- Won

Basic data

NationalityGerman
LanguagesEnglish (Good), German (Native speaker), Russian (Basic knowledge)
Experience abroadNorth America: USA
Northern Europe: Denmark
Eastern Europe: Belarus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland
Southern Europe: Italy, Malta, Turkey
Western Europe: Austria, Belgium, France, Switzerland
Special skillsAnamorphics
ARRICAM LT&ST / 535 / 435 / 235 / 35II / SR2&3 / 416 / Alexa / Mini / Amira / D21
RED ONE MX / Epic / Dragon / Weapon
A-Minima
8mm / super8 (Bolex, Beaulieu - owner)
Underwater (Scubacam)
Remote operating
Gimbal operating
Greenscreen / Bluescreen (on film and digital)
VFX / CGI
Color grading
Senior camera supervisor
SFX
Stunts and fights
Car Scenes
Snow scooter
Aerial / planes
Own equipmentRED Epic, Lenses, head & sticks, Easyrig, gimbal & drones,
24" / 27" calibrated displays for DP and Operator
On set grading suite truck
LicencesB (car) [eu]
Education1998, 2001 internship - DP (father)
2000 - 2001 eng cameraman
2001 - 2004 apprenticeship at SWR ARD (German TV / Radio)
2003 Film Lab Baden-Baden
Preferred place of workFeature film, series, TVC, music videos
Immediate working areaStuttgart
1st residence (federal state or country)Baden-Württemberg
Accommodation possibilitiesBerlin, Cologne, Detroit (Michigan), Hamburg, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Wilmington (North Carolina)
Associations