The Colonie Adds Colorist Jennifer Gaida
February 14, 2020 by Screenmag
The Colonie continues to grow its roster of talent and services with the addition of Colorist Jennifer Gaida to its team. The hiring of the creative and technically savvy talent marks the launch of the Chicago-based company's new color grading division, rounding out the one-stop editing, design, and postproduction boutique's full-roster of high-end services and talent.
Gaida exited Energy BBDO’s Flare and officially joined The Colonie's staff at the beginning of the year. A previous three-year stint at Utopic honed her skills as both a colorist and editor. Her addition to the company’s team of editors, designers, creative directors, animators, producers, visual effects artists, and finishers, provides clients with an accessible and efficient collective of top-tier talent - all under one roof.
Her credits include color grading broadcast commercials and social media campaigns for a mix of national brands, such as Starbucks, Porsche, Revlon, and Pantene. Gaida has also been called on to color grade a variety of independent projects, including the short films, 'Milk Shake' and 'Networking Lunch,’ as well as several music videos, such as the recently released 'Stayed Down' featuring Twista.
Gaida has settled into The Colonie's new Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve suite and hit the ground running, completing projects for Perrier, Cresco, La Mer, Walmart, HP, and a Toyota campaign out of Burrell Communications.
“Jennifer takes The Colonie’s roster of high-end services to the next level. Her honed aesthetics and technical expertise enable her to meet the range of challenges that color grading presents,” says Partner and Executive Producer, Mary Caddy. “She’s a talented colorist who brings the eye of an editor and photographer to every project.”
A native of South Carolina, Jennifer Gaida discovered her passion for visual stories early in life and began developing her skills as an artist and photographer during high school. She earned her degree at Amherst College, MA - ranked the #2 liberal arts college in the nation - where she immersed herself in postproduction, learning a range of disciplines, and mastering cutting-edge technology. While attending school, she took on a number of freelance jobs that tapped Gaida’s skills, while providing her with the opportunity to get insights into the workflow process and other aspects of production in a real-world work environment.
Jennifer Gaida's hobbies lean towards the unconventional. Her sport of choice is boxing, which, fortunately, has left her unscathed, enabling her to take on modeling jobs since signed by an agency earlier this year.
“Jennifer has a drive and passion for her craft that make her the ideal person to head up and develop a new division with the ability to deliver high-quality color grading services right out the gate,” says Partner and Senior Editor, Brian Sepanik. “We're thrilled to have her on board and look forward to establishing The Colonie as a reliable resource for quality color grading services.”
"I'm very excited about helping The Colonie build a reputation as a competitive high-quality color grading resource in Chicago,” says Gaida. "Working here has been a great experience since day one. It's energizing to collaborate with talented editors, creative and clients at a fast-paced postproduction house. I’m very happy to be part of The Colonie's team and further expand its range of services."