Schurman first showed a passion for film making at the age of 13, when he started filming the adventures during the Schurmann Family first circumnavigation of the world. He got a formal degree in Cinema in New Zealand. He subsequently completed his education in the United States. He has worked internationally, directing and producing television shows, documentaries and commercials films.
In 2007, Schurmann released his first motion picture film, The World Twice Around, a documentary that won two awards in the Recife Film Festival in Brazil, for Best Film according to the public and Best Sound Editing. It also took the award for best film in the CineBrasil Film Festival Buenos Aires (Argentina), Milan (Italy), Rome (Italy) and New York City (USA).
In 2011 David released Missing, a transmídia project and suspense/horror mockumentary film. The project, developed and shot for under US$35,000, questioned what was real on the Unternet and the social networks.
Between 2009 and 2012 he produced and directed the documentary film and series U-513 Lonely Wolf, about the great search and find of the German submarine U-513 sunk in the coast of southern Brazil.
He is currently producing and directing Orient Expedition an 11-part documentary series for National Geographic Channel about his families latest around the world expedition.
- Little Secret - fiction feature (film) 2015/2016.
- U-513 Lonely Wolf - documentary feature (film/series) 2012/2015.
- Missing - fiction feature (film) 2011.
- The World Twice Round - documentary feature (film) 2007.
- Magellan Global Adventure - documentary series (film & TV) 1996-2005.
- Get Real - series (TV) 1996.
- Em Busca Do Sonho - documentary feature (video) 1995.
- Infocus - series (TV) 1993-1994.
- Variety,  Variety.com, 19 December 2014.
- Débora Miranda, "David Schürmann fará filme baseado na história de sua irmã adotada", Globo.com, 19 August 2008.