Jerome Thelia has been working in film for 25 years. Throughout that time he’s been both a generalist and specialist, working as a 3D animator, visual effects artist, editor, post-production supervisor, colorist, director and producer. Over the years he’s worked with a motley assortment of directors that include Dario Argento, Prince, Steven Soderbergh, Richard Mosse, Shawn Christensen, Terrence Malick and Ben Stiller.
As a colorist Jerome has finished over a dozen features and many shorts, including Shawn Christensen’s Academy Award winning short film, Curfew (2013), Fernando Nation (ESPN 30 for 30), Frank Serpico (IFC Films) and The Vanishing of Sidney Hall (A24). In the last 10 years he has worked with leading fine artists Richard Mosse and Trevor Tweeten on their multi-award winning video installations, The Enclave and Incoming. He has also worked with Criterion Collection as the lead colorist on restoration of John Ford’s Stagecoach, Jean-Luc Godard’s Two or Three Things I Know About Her and Pal Fejos’ Lonesome. More recently he’s contributed visual effects color work to Terrence Malick’s upcoming feature A Hidden Life.
In 1999 Jerome met the world-renown National Geographic photographer David McLain on a series of interactive documentary expeditions. They traveled the world together, found new ways of collaborating and co-founded Merge, a boutique production company that specializes in commercial work and recently, a feature length documentary about the ball called Bounce: How the Ball Taught the World Play.
Jerome lives and works in Brooklyn, NY with two cats Pico and Ocki and has been teaching film on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts since 2001 and Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema since 2018.