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, features, commercials, music videos and 360 Virtual Reality films. Recently Schmige completed 2nd unit work for season 2 on Cosmos with Neil DeGrass Tyson. Schmige has extensive travel experience in Mexico, Costa Rica, Germany, Norway, Serbia, Greece, Russia, India, Jordan, Malaysia and Thailand.

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.