Mark SchulzeDirector of Photography, Camera Operator, Producer
Mark Schulze is a Video Producer and Director of Photography (DP) who is CEO and President of two companies: Crystal Pyramid Productions, an award-winning San Diego video production services company; and New & Unique Videos, a stock footage library of contemporary and archival images from around the world, and distributor of special-interest video titles.
After graduating in 1981 from UCSD with a BA in Communication and Sociology, Mark Schulze, formed Crystal Pyramid Productions, a multiple-award-winning San Diego video production services company. For over three decades, Mark has served as CEO and Director of Photography, working with Inside Edition, Extra, IBM, UPS, Scripps VA Hospital and many other corporate and broadcast clients. Mark also works as CEO of New & Unique Videos, a stock-footage library and special-interest video production and distribution company since 1985.
New & Unique Videos has produced and distributed a dozen award-winning special-interest video titles including the world’s first instructional massage video, “Massage For Relaxation,” and world’s first mountain-bike instructional video, “The Great Mountain Biking Video.” In 1994 N&UV produced a video called “Full Cycle: A World Odyssey,” a mountain-bike travel adventure to nine exotic countries, starring Mark Schulze and his wife, Patty Mooney, that earned 15 international awards and kudos from countless publications. In 2008, Mark and Patty produced “The Invisible Ones: Homeless Combat Veterans,” which drew attention to the issue of homeless veterans.
Mark is a three-time “Top 100 Producer.” His specialties include green-screen interviews of CEOs and celebrities, and “run ‘n gun” shoots using his Easyrig. He knows how to elicit sterling interviews from talent, and how to set up lighting to make them look great.
In 1981, he graduated from UCSD with honors, after having majored in Sociology and Communications. That same year he formed Crystal Pyramid Productions. He is involved in San Diego’s media community as a National Board Member of the San Diego Chapter of San Diego Media Pros (Media Communications Association International), and also belongs to the San Diego Chamber of Commerce and UCSD Alumni Association. He often shoots and produces many programs for non-profit agencies at substantial discounts or pro bono as a way of giving back to the community.
His philosophy of life: “Be now.”
Mark is an early innovator of the helmet camera (circa 1987).