CHICAGO — Full-service creative studio Carbon has bolstered its Chicago roster by adding Julien Biard as senior colorist. With over a decade of experience in London, Biard joins Carbon after honing his craft in London at MPC and Finish/Freefolk. During his tenure at Freefolk he won a number of awards for best color grading, collaborating with directors such as Guy Ritchie and Crowns & Owls. Looking for a new challenge, Biard went freelance in 2017.
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 career, which includes commercials, fashion films, music videos and film/tv work, Biard has collaborated with many well-known 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.
“Our head of color, Aubrey Woodiwiss, recommended Julien to me,” says Carbon partner/EP 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.”
“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,” Biard adds. “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.”