Film Testimonials

Film is such an evocative word - like music, it is a resource that sets the clock against which so many of our memories are live.

But, of course, as a production category it encompasses everything from horror shorts to Star Wars epics, documentaries and narratives of all types and sizes, and pieces that are designed to be simple records or highly dynamic alternative realities. In our definition this group also includes Arts pieces of, say, dance recitals to music videos.

For Chris this is a wonderful creative playground, allowing him to use one or two of his skill sets to their fullest, and be part of a much larger team than we would normally assemble at CLAi.  Of course, for 95% of productions it is also a world where every piece is a project driven by the passion of one or two people, and often fully funded by those same people – so films often become a constant struggle to balance between budget and time versus quality and creativity.  Nasty stuff when it’s personal!  But it is the kind of stuff that we understand, even though Chris’s goal in life isn’t to tell his own stories – just help others tell theirs as well as humanly possible.

So Chris tends to work on these projects as a freelance/self-employed specialist editor, colorist, DP and/or cinematographer rather than bringing the associates, and is able to work to a brutally reduced hourly or project rate. Even better this can happen at the CLAi facility, so he has all of the toys and tools available – in an actual studio environment which doesn’t involve the words “bedroom closet”! This is what some of our film clients have to say about it…

Nicolas Roquefort-Villeneuve

Chris’s competence, professionalism, intelligence, and mentoring spirit have made my experience of post-production so enjoyable and intellectually stimulating.

Justin Chon

They are the freaking best. Can’t wait to work with them again.

Phil Deutschle

CLAi’s masterful color-grading and sound-sweetening work on our documentary was extraordinary, turning ragged footage into works of art.

Megan Shutzer

Not only is Chris Layhe a talented colorist and sound mixer, but he went above and beyond to explain every decision, solve every problem and produce the best possible outcomes for our film.

Cyn Lubow

He is extremely knowledgeable, skilled, experienced and one of the most professional people I've worked with in the film industry (or any industry).

John Flores

I highly recommend their services to any filmmaker who seeks not just an editor but an ADVOCATE, someone who will embrace your vision and do everything in their power to see it succeed.

Pedro Delbrey

Chris’s deep history and understanding of film/video production, his strong work ethic, and sense of humor make it a pleasure to work with him on any project.

Frank Perez

He is always willing to help out and go the extra mile. Great guy too. We recommend him highly for all your filmmaking needs.