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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Emily Barber • 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 • Digitas / 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


Driving Dir. Emily Barber
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