Colorist Julien Biard joins Carbon Chicago

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Julien Biard

Julien Biard

Full-service
creative studio
Carbon has bolstered
its roster in Chicago
by welcoming multiple
award-winning colorist
Julien Biard
as Senior Colorist

 
With over a decade of experience in London, Biard joins Carbon after honing his craft at MPC and Finish/ Freefolk, working alongside industry greats Jean-Clément Soret and Paul Harrison.

During his tenure at Freefolk, Biard won a number of awards for best color grading, collaborating with directors such as Guy Ritchie and Crowns & Owls, ultimately helping to cement his reputation in a highly competitive market.

Looking for a new challenge, Biard went freelance in 2017, continuing to work for premier directors at major production companies like Agile, Iconoclast and Pulse Films.

Born and educated in the Alps region of France, Biard initially pursued a promising soccer career, until, in his late teens he turned towards academic study, graduating in 2005 from the engineering school of Lyon. Throughout his prolific career, which includes commercials, fashion films, music videos and film/tv work, Biard has collaborated with many renowned brands including Volvo, Samsung, The National Trust, Carhartt, and Ted Baker.

His music video credits include promos for Run the Jewels, Basement Jaxx, Royal Blood, and Jungle, to name a few. He was awarded two Kinsale Shark awards for best color grade for Royal Blood Out of the Black by David Wilson at Blink, and National Trust Love
the Coast
by Thomas Bryant at Agile Films.

 
OUT OF THE BLACK ROYAL BLOOD

 

Another best color award for Ted Baker Wonders Never Cease, by Iconoclast directors Crowns &a Owls, was bestowed at the Berlin Aesthetica short film festival, and he provided color for the 2015 Cannes Double Grand Prix-winning Volvo Life Paint for Grey London.

“Our Head of Color Aubrey Woodiwiss recommended Julien to me,” says Carbon Partner / Executive Producer Frank Devlin. “When we met in New York we hit it off immediately, I knew he’d be a great addition to our color department.”

On his decision to join Carbon’s stellar color team Biard says: “I found myself attracted to the spirit and dynamism of Carbon, the quality of the work achieved, and their association with some of the most prestigious advertising campaigns in the industry. What I saw in Carbon was a company packed with talent and creative minds, combined with huge experience.”

In addition to the exciting career opportunities on the horizon, Biard is looking forward to exploring a new city landscape and getting into the great American outdoors. “When I first came to Chicago I got a really good vibe from the city. I can’t wait to explore and dive deeper into both the city and the work. I’m attracted to Chicago’s dramatic and intricate urban landscapes as well as its history, and I’m very much looking forward to experiencing it fully.”

According to Carbon Managing Director Phil Linturn, Biard’s unique experience and magnetic personality will bring their own significant value to the company. “An artist of Julien’s pedigree at Carbon Chicago effectively changes the landscape of color grading in the city,” says Linturn. “Trained in arguably one of the most highly acclaimed color departments in the world, Julien has forged a highly creative and decorated career for himself. I’m equally excited for our clients to get to experience his enthusiasm for his craft as I am for them to witness his grading skills.”

 
CREDITS
“OUT OF THE BLACK” — ROYAL BLOOD
Directed by David Wilson & Christy Karacas

Production Company: Colonel Blimp
   Head of Music Videos: Nathan James
   Producer: Corin Taylor
   Exec. Producer: Paul Weston
   Service Company: The Directors Bureau
   Line Producer: Benjamin Gilovitz

   Director of Photography: Michael Berlucchi
   1st AD: Mike Hart
   Steadicam Operator: Ari Robbins
   Production Designer: Greg Allen Lang
   Stylist: Francis & Pereira

Editing Company: Stitch
   Editor: Max Windows

Post Company: Finish
   Colourist: Julien Biard
   Flame: Judy Roberts and Andy Copping
   Nuke: Kayley Fernandes
   Post Producer: Cheryl Payne

Animation: Mike Carlo, Ian Miller, Yuri Fain, Sachio Cook, Alex Kwan, Sam Marlo
Backgrounds: Sam Marlo & Rachel Gitlevich
Color/ Clean Up: Josh Howell & Justin Irizarry
After Effects Editor: David Eber

Sound Engineers: Sam Robson & James Cobbold at 750MPH

Commissioner: Sam Seager

Label: Warner Music

Cast:
   Gas Station Attendant: Mac Hines
   Bunny Mascot: Aaron Groben and John Lyke
   Snowman Mascot: John Lyke
   Ice-Cream Mascot: Kyle Garrity
   Heart Mascot: Mark Rosen
   Pumpkin Mascot: Mike Dempsey
   Customer 1: Sue Yeon Ahn
   Customer 2: Billy Chew
   Special Agent: Leo Matchett
   Special Agent: Jeremy Lingvall
   Special Agent: Andy Price
   Special Agent: Kent McGuire
   Dead Girl: Stephania Silveira
   Police Officer: Ace Underhill
   Police Officer: Heather Charles
   Police Officer: Bruce Van Patten

 
Send news of your hires and promotions to Reel Chicago Editor Dan Patton, dan@reelchicago.com.

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