Martin Schmidt







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The Films

Restless Souls  (2005)

Martin Schmidt's recent feature film, Restless Souls, once again deals with the supernational. A young couple and their daughter move into what they believe will be their dream house. Strange goings on take place, especially around the fireplace in the end of the livingroom. Fresh fruit rots as soon as it is set on the table in the livingroom, and creepy noises are heard at night, and the new occupants soon suspect that ghosts are occupying the house. But how did they come to live in the house, and how can they be made to leave?

Kat  (2001)

Kat is the director's fourth venture into theatrical film making. Again Martin Schmidt worked with one of the filmindustry's most prolific composers, Gary Chang. For this supernatural horror/creature film, Chang created a varied and exciting score, once more making the film seem larger than would be expected of a Danish film.

Review KAT

Desperation  (1998)

The made for television 50 minute short, Desperation was next on Martin Schmidt's production slate. A visual nightmare about a young married couple mourning the death of their only child, also received a theatrical release, in turn offering Schmidt the best reviews of his career.


Backstabbed (1996)

The success of this low-budget horror film paved the way for Martin Schmidt's next feature, Backstabbed, also a horror film. This movie was almost as big a theatrical box office success as its predecessor.

In Backstabbed Martin Schmidt had the opportunity to combine his love of film music with a project of his own. American composer Alan Howarth, a longtime musical collaborator of director John Carpenter, came aboard the project, making the experience a more international one.

Final  (1995)

Martin Schmidt has been working in the film industry since 1985, starting out as sound engineer before becoming a director with his theatrical debut Final Hour in 1995.

Review Final Hour



The TV productions

Christmas in Valhal

A 24-episode tv Christmas Calendar, made for Danish TV2, 2005. A Scandinavian and very Danish television custom, a Christmas Calendar is a 24-part series, that airs from December 1 through December 24. This year the calendar was about northern mythology, and the well-known gods, Loke, Thor, Odin, Freja and others. Within the realm of Christmas cozyness, two young children, Jonas and Sofie, happen to set the chained Loke loose, and in doing so accidentally has started the countdown to Ragnarok, the end of all worlds. A frantic chase now begins to find Loke and stop the world from going under, a search that brings them to Valhal and deep underneath the Tree og Wisdom where the evil Auntie Hel resides.

Christmas in Valhal was the most popular Danish television calendar since 1998.


The Eagle

Martin Schmidt has directed four episodes of this popular Danish crime series, among them the International Emmy Award winning episode 7. The series deals with European crime and international police work across the borders.

Martin Schmidt directed episodes 7, 8, 13 and 14.

Unit One

Unit One right from its start garnered widespread domestic succes, gathering more than 1/3 of Denmark's population in from of their tv sets. Also a huge success in the rest of Scandinavia, Unit One picked up the International Emmy Award, a first in Danish television history. The series is presently being re-made in America, again titled Unit One.

Martin Schmidt directed episodes 12, 13, 21 and 22.



Nikolaj and Julie

This hugely popular Danish television series was Martin Schmidt's first venture into romantic comedy. The series won the International Emmy Award.

Martin Schmidt directed episodes 4 and 5.

Hidden Traces

Martin Schmidt directed four episodes of this Danish crime series for Danish tv 3. Aired at the same time as Unit One, Denmark at the time could boast about having two good cop shows going.

Martin Schmidt directed episodes 15, 16, 17 and 18.


The Books

Martin Schmidt has written the following books:


Hollywood Outlaw; Films and Fragments of John Carpenter is a book dealing with renowned auteur filmmaker John Carpenter, the director of films such as Halloween, The Fog, Escape from New York as well as 17 other films. The book is in part told by Carpenter himself as well as Martin Schmidt's thorough guide through the director's impressive body of work. Carpenter also is famous for himself having composed the film music for most of his films, a feature he shares with only a handful of other director/composer colleagues.


Inspiration – 17 interviews

Martin Schmidt has interviewed 17 Danish art- and culture personalities on their individual approach to the illusive term Inspiration. The book is out on renowned Danish publishing company, Gyldendal.




The second book Martin has written, for use in schools that wish to learn more about how to successfully make their own movie. The book is widely used in Danish schools and offer a definitive description of how to get the most out of their project. A dvd also show how a 10th grade class successfully made a filmproject work.



Action; A Guide to Filmmaking is an easily read guide written for young aspiring film makers. The book takes its on-set from Schmidt's feature film debut Final Hour, and offers a thorough description of how a film crew works with an emphasis on the specifics of amateur filmmaking.



Short Cues; Conversations on filmscoring. This volume deals with interviews with established film composers working in the business, discussing the craft of creating music for films. Interviewed are prolific composers such as Christopher Young, John Carpenter, Mark Isham, Hans Zimmer, Shirley Walker and more.