After Director/Cinematographer Geoff Schaff completed his MA at the State University of California, he worked in documentary films, earning a total of 4 Emmys and 13 Emmy nominations. Among Schaaf's documentary credits was the early reality show, LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS.
Schaaf’s first Hollywood DP credit was the 1990 CHINA LAKE MURDERS, starring Tom Skerritt and Michael Parks.
Schaaf served as Director of Photography on hundreds of hours of episodic series including SEAQUEST DSV, FORTUNE HUNTER, EARLY EDITION, SWAMP THING, THE BURNING ZONE, FIRE COMPANY 132, JACK AND JILL, CHARMED, and others.
Schaaf’s first directorial credit in long form was SHELTER ISLAND, staring Ally Sheedy, Steve Baldwin, and the late Chris Penn. This was followed by the horror/thriller PORTAL. Schaaf has served as Director/DP on over 400 documentaries of varying lengths, including the currently in production feature length Wounded Warriors/Glider project (see trailer).
Schaaf has filmed movies and television programs in Japan, China, Fiji, Croatia, Bosnia, Germany, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Paraguay, Brazil, Guatemala, French Polynesia, Spain, Turkey, Azerbaijan, , Russia, Sweden, Belgium, Italy, France, Switzerland, Greece, United Kingdom, and most recently Turkmenistan. Schaaf is fluent in French.