980 30th Avenue
Santa Cruz, California 95062


About Us

Chris Layhe is a highly experienced and creative color grader, editor and DP on films, documentaries, narratives, tv programs, commercials for the small and big screens, music videos and high end corporate videos. He is best known for his work with large sensor projects, having been one of the first adopters of the RED digital film system, and developers of real world workflows to handle the outputs in the edit and color grade - as well as DPing shoots with the original beast. These experiences have translated over the years into a deep creative understanding on how to get the best out of 4k to 8k sensors, and make their high resolution digital outputs look and flow filmically, whether it is behind the camera, behind the grading screen or cutting short and long form projects.

CLAi are based in Santa Cruz, on the coast just outside San Francisco, and we also have satellite spaces in central San Francisco and central San Jose... as well as bringing our edit and colorist skills on location with portable systems where appropriate. We edit on Premiere, Avid Symphony, FCP X and 7, and in DaVinci Resolve on five powerful 2016 mac pro systems; color grade primarily on DaVinci Resolve studio on three matching full bore 2016 mac pro D700 systems; and we provide a complete service as a finishing editor, colorist, final audio mixer (with Pro Tools) and master output to take your rough cut and turn it into a finished product. We also have our own Sony FS7 and Sony FS5 camera systems for 4k RAW shooting, and have both REDs and Arri cameras on call, or can DP with your equipment.

Last but not least, we are able to be extremely budget and schedule friendly - a major requirement for the Indie film and music/arts projects that we take on - by working solo just as Chris Layhe, or quickly upscaling to add other creative compatible professionals to the team as CLAi only as needed. It's a very efficient and effective way of working that allows for the highest levels of quality and creativity without breaking the bank. It also allows time for him to chat with other professionals about their projects, and help to evolve ways to create pieces that excel.

Chris has over 25 years of experience as a DP and editor, starting at the BBC in documentary film to perfect his storytelling chops and fine tuning at Saatchi & Saatchi in London to hone his creative eye, before forming CLAi and moving to the States. He has been color grading for the last 8 years and was elected to the Colorist Society International, the feature film professional colorist body, in 2016.

We have been in the industry since 1982.

CLAi San Francisco RED Reel
Added on 5/8/2011
This is a low res version of the CLAi San Francisco RED Reel 2011, featuring work that was entirely shot in San Francisco that relates to the city. Shot on our RED M-X system exclusively with RED pro prime lenses, color corrected and encoded using our REDRocket real-time encoding system, and edited on our four Final Cut systems in 4k. Enjoy...

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