Post Production San Francisco – The Best Video Editor & Film Colorist Services

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CUT, COLOR & MIX / San Francisco, San Jose & Monterey

Hi, I’m Chris Layhe – editor, colorist and post production specialist.  I’m based in the San Francisco South Bay area but work across the US and Europe remotely.

I’ve been around the Bay area for nearly 15 years (after another 20 or so in the business in London and on the East Coast). I’m known as an award winning editor, a Colorist Society International color grader and the finishing editor on video projects of all types.  These range all the way from huge experiential installations and corporate brand films to broadcast documentaries, from art films and non-profit crowdfunding videos to comedy web series.  I’m also the finished (or online) editor and colorist (color corrector, color grader or color grading specialist if you prefer) of a new crop of documentary and narrative feature films every year, with matching success.

(this isn’t me below, it’s a broken Pedro DelBrey featured in a Chickenfoot video – one of our ridiculously discounted “giving back” indie projects..)

Chris Layhe and CLAi shot, edited and color graded this music video for "Three Letters" by Chickenfoot in San Francisco, San Jose and Monterey

One of the best parts of being an Editor and Colorist is that every project…

…is as different and unique as the fascinating people we get to spend time with, and those whose stories I’m fortunate enough to be allowed to tell.

I tend to specialize in large sensor, filmic 4k, 6k and 8k digital cinema post production shot on RED and Arri, but I’m just as effective and knowledgeable with any type of large or small project media.  I combine my years of experience and creativity with cutting edge post production technologies and a host of mac pros to edit, color correct, audio finish and master natively in both 1080P and 4k/UltraHD, at my studio in Santa Cruz – or at your location, in person or remotely.

Grade A+ technology is essential for this level and type of work, but that’s just the start. In order to offer every client a highly personalized service that is always budget and schedule flexible, at the extremes of creativity and quality,  you need time. That’s why I have a policy of only taking on a limited number of clients and projects – it means rarely having to say “sorry but no” to a post production request.

Chris Layhe | CLAi Post the film and video post production company in San Francisco, San Jose, Palo Alto, Cupertino, Specializing in videography, video editing on Premiere Pro and color correction on Davinci Resolve for corporate videos and documentary films

Every project I touch has its own character and style…

…and a major part of my challenge as an editor or a color grader is to ensure that this isn’t lost in the telling of the story. Because it always has to be your character and style that shine through – my work is at it’s best when invisible.

To be sure that I can always provide complete one stop solutions, I also bring together a company of post production professionals, under the “CLAi Post” banner – when appropriate.  They are a small but exceptionally talented group of independent post production and production associates that choose to work with me.  This translates into the ability to quickly scale up or down and add other disciplines to best meet a project’s needs and budget.

To see what my corporate and feature film clients have to say about all of this good stuff please do look under Experience on the top menu, or go to my fuller portfolios at The Little Bit Bigger Portfolio, or my YouTube or Vimeo channels to see more…

…in the meantime here’s a taste of how I’m lucky enough to make my living!

  • "Jerry Day" A Music Video Celebrating His 70th Birthday
  • Chris Layhe and team filmed this for Shriners Hospital in Houston, editing and color grading by CLAi
    "Shriners Hospital For Children, Houston" A Marketing Documentary
  • Journey Productions , Searching for Nepal 2
    "Searching For Nepal" Clip - A Feature Film By Far Journey Productions
  • swan lake dubstep featuring the San Jose Ballet is one of our showreel examples of San Francisco company CLAi's film and video productions. This shows the power of multicamera RED shooting and direction, combined with outstanding video editing and film color grading
    "Swan Lake Dubstep" A Ballet & Music Video

Say Hello

You can get in touch with Chris Layhe and the CLAi Studio any day of the week:

Use the automated email form below and I’ll get back to you faster than a speeding turtle…  or take the opportunity to revel in my beautiful Manchester accent and call 831.-419.-7590.

Either way I’m really looking forward to meeting you electronically!



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