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


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

CLAi: the post production professionals in the San Francisco South Bay area, are Chris Layhe (the CL) and a small but exceptionally talented group of independent post production and production associates (the Ai). We come together as a single agency under the incredibly imaginative company name of Chris Layhe Associates, Inc. – or much more sensibly, CLAi.

Chris has been around the Bay area for over ten years (after another twenty or so years in the business in London and on the East Coast). He is well known as an award winning online editor, director, color grader and DP on video projects of all types – from corporate pieces to broadcast and arts videos.  He’s also the online/finished editor and colorist (color correction and color grading specialist if you prefer) of a new crop of documentary and narrative feature films every year, with a matching success.

Together CLAi are video editors and film colorists, motion graphics and animation designers, sound designers and mixers, mastering experts and specialists in large sensor, filmic 3k, 4k and 6k digital cinema post production – augmented with additional post professionals as they are required. We combine our years of experience and creativity with cutting edge post production technologies and a gallery of mac pros to edit, color correct, audio finish and master natively in both 1080P and 4k UltraHD at our studio – or your location.

CLAi are different to most post production agencies – we work openly both as individual creative specialists and together as a company…

This allows us a tremendous amount of flexibility to serve our clients. We can quickly scale up or down to meet a project’s needs and budget, while having constant access to a veritable smorgasbord of top flight equipment and our two post studio spaces.

So, on film projects Chris almost always works solo, under contract as an editor and colorist on projects, while we usually come together as a larger team on corporate and non-profit projects. We also have a policy of only taking on a limited number of clients, so that we can offer each of them a highly personalized, but budget and schedule flexible, service at the extremes of creativity and quality.

Every project we touch has its own character and style, every one is focused and each is created to enhance your vision and strongly motivate your audience. To see what our corporate and feature film clients have to say about this please do look under Experience on the top menu, or go to our fuller web site at, or YouTube channel to see more…

narrative film editing and color grading is one of CLAi's - San Francisco San Jose video production company greatest strengths

One of the best parts of working this way is that every project is as different and unique as the fascinating people we get to spend time with…

So while we do spend much of our time editing, color grading and audio finishing long form commercials and corporate projects, we are extremely indie film and music video friendly, with brutally discounted but realistic rates, a truckload and a half of festival awards and multiple distribution deals to prove it!

We especially love working on documentary features with a socially relevant subject, and get very excited about cutting and coloring narrative films of all genres.

In 2016 Chris was selected as the 38th member of the Colorist Society International for his creative grading work on feature films – an extremely cool honor from the industry’s film elite!  It drives us even more to never accept “good enough” on a project, regardless of budget.

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You can contact Chris Layhe and CLAi in several ways, any day of the week:

Use this automated email form and please do give us as much detail as possible so we can get back to you asap and make some sort of sense!

Or revel in Chris’ beautiful Manchester accent and call us on 650.-762.-5241.

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