Prior to working as a director of photography, Chad spent 7 years cutting his teeth in the grip and lighting departments on large-scale narrative features and episodic television in Chicago, lighting shows and movies such as; Fargo (FX), American Crime Story: Versace (FX), Shameless (Showtime), Hala (Apple), Native Son (A24 / HBO), amongst many others. Chad is currently based in Chicago, and loves to travel often, with PreCheck, Global Entry, and a Passport always current. Chad Gilchrist has collaborated with directors, brands, and artists all over the world, and brings his optimistic, solution-oriented leadership to productions of all sizes.

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David Mellor • John Elrod • Isaiah Grant • T.J. Syndram • Seth Lowe • Brendan Leahy • Savannah Cannistraro • Kim Cohen • Alex Sherman • George Pitsilos • Erica Weiss • Carlo Garcia


Kellog’s – Raisin Bran • Superdoom • Dir. David Mellor
Wingstop – March Madness
• Southern Sky Films • Dir. John Elrod
NBA Indiana Pacers – National Basketball Players Association • NYLAC • Dir. Dan O’Brien
303 Cleaners – Only the Best• Updraft • Dir. Isaiah Grant
Peoria Tourism – Wish I was in Peoria• Infinite Roulette • Dir. T.J. Syndram
Peoria Innovation Alliance – The Future Is Infinite Roulette Dir. T.J. Syndram
Death’s Door Gin – Intense Gin Lemonade  Maestro Media Dir. Isaiah Grant
Billy Reid – Home  Infinite Roulette Dir. T.J. Syndram
Precision Planting Pylgrm Dir. Seth Lowe
Franciscan Health – 100 Years Studio Skylight Dir. Brendan Leahy


Horchata  Dir. George Pitsilos
Fourth Kind Dir. Kim Cohen
Furniture  Dir. George Pitsilos
Rearranged Dir. Alex Sherman

Music Video

Augustus Tasker – Turtle Doves • Dir. Savannah Larsen
Wolfside – Dream Girl • Dir. Brendan Leahy

Fashion / Documentary

Take the Fight to the Field • Pylgrm • Dir. Seth Lowe
AMC Javelin + 303 • Updraft • Dir. Isaiah Grant
Solo Salon • Anderson Productions • Dir. Tim Anderson
LAT Apparel • Studio Skylight • Dir. Brendan Leahy