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

Hi, I’m Chris Layhe – film and video editor, colorist and post-production specialist.  I’ve been around the San Francisco South Bay area for nearly fifteen years (after another twenty or so in the business in London and on the East Coast). I’m well known in Northern California as an award winning editor, color grader and finishing editor (color correction and color grading specialist, if you prefer) on video projects of all types – from huge installations and corporate pieces to broadcast, art films and non-profit pieces.  I’m also the editor and colorist of a new crop of exciting documentary and narrative feature films every year, with matching success.

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 with any project media from any camera.  I combine my 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 1080P HD, UltraHD or 4k at my studio in Santa Cruz, your own location or (more and more frequently) to work with clients remotely.

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

Everything 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.

So I can always provide complete one stop solutions, I bring together several exceptionally talented independent post production professionals as CLAi Post, when this is appropriate.  This provides the ability to quickly scale up or down and add other disciplines to best meet a project’s needs and budget.

CLAi shot, edited and color graded this music video for "Three Letters" by Chickenfoot.

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 tell. So while I do spend much of my time editing, color grading and audio finishing long form commercials and corporate branding projects, I can be extremely indie film and arts friendly, with brutally discounted but realistic rates, a truckload and a half of festival awards and multiple distribution deals to prove it!

In 2016 I was selected as the 38th member of the Colorist Society International for my creative grading work on feature films – an extremely cool honor from the industry’s film elite!  It drives me even more to never accept “good enough” on a project, regardless of budget.  Hopefully you see this in the four examples below, with some of my favorite work…

  • "Jerry Day" shot, edited and color graded in 6k by CLAi, film and video production company based in San Francisco and San Jose, RED camerawork by Caroline Harrison
    "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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