A Milwaukee native, Curtis Schmidt spent the first decade of his career in advertising as a video editor. His career took him to Los Angeles, New York, Kansas City, and now his permanent home of Chicago, Illinois. During his career as an editor, he worked for national brands such as Toyota, Gillette, Marmot, and Google.
As a music video editor he edited music videos for bands like Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, and Kendrick Lamar. After years as an editor he was asked to lead the post-production departments of several successful production companies. He built both leadership and technical skills as he progressed through positions that required him to be varying combinations of video editor, colorist, creative director, project manager, and personnel manager.
After completing a series of 360 videos, including one for Jane’s Addiction and another documenting Lollapalooza for Red Bull (featured by Apple at the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters), his attention shifted to immersive experiences. He became very involved in the Chicago VR community, which led him to launch an immersive content company: Captanaut has concepted, developed and pitched VR experiences to several clients including LG, Samsung, and the National World War II Museum (In development).
Curtis has been an invited participant in panel discussions about post production and virtual reality for Chi VR (the Midwest’s largest virtual reality meet up), the Virtual and Augmented Reality Association (VR/ARA), and the Chicago Creative Pro Users Group. His passion for storytelling and new immersive technologies translates into fruitful partnerships with the companies, creatives, and agencies who collaborate with Captanaut.