The Colonie Adds Editors Billy Sheahan and Joe Clear, Smoke Artist Tom Dernulc
Work for Hallmark, Allstate, Porsche, Coors and Other Accounts Fuels Expansion
Sheahan said that The Colonie has a relaxed, intimate environment that encourages great work. “It’s nice to be part of a shop that is focused and nimble,” he observes. “It’s an amazing group of people and because we work close together, it’s easy to bounce ideas off one another-we’re a close-knit community.”
Clear began working as an assistant editor shortly after graduating from Columbia College. He has been editing on his own for two years with credits that include spots for Wal-mart, Bank of America and The Gap. Cowboys, a spot he cut for the Chicago Latino Film Festival was a finalist for a London International Advertising Award in 2007.
In assessing his move to The Colonie, Clear said that he was excited by the opportunity to build a new company. “I hope to help establish this company as a pillar of the Chicago advertising community and be a go-to shop for high creative,” he said.
Dernulc began his career as an online editor before moving to the Smoke platform a decade ago. Since then, he has applied an art background to add motion graphics design and visual effects production to his skill set. His credits include spots for such brands as Ameritrade, Aquafina and Hallmark. He also has experience in long-form television, where his credits include The Show, a documentary series (directed by former DraftFCB senior producer Sam Ciaramitaro) about baseball prospects trying to make it in the Big Leagues.
“I like being the final piece in the puzzle and seeing it all come together,” says Dernulc of his craft. “Being able to knock out last minute changes in an efficient manner with clients in the room and the clock runningÃ¢Â€Â¦I like that.”