CLAi the film and video production company in San Francisco, San Jose, Palo Alto, Cupertino, Specializing in videography, video editing and color correction for corporate videos and documentary films handled the color grading, sound sweetening and mastering on this amazing project

The Teeny Documentary Portfolio

This is a very small selection of some of CLAi's favorite video and film documentary projects... I hope you enjoy it!

Feature film documentaries are where Chris started, and have been engrained in the DNA of CLAi from the day the company was founded.  For many documentary producers these are passion projects, telling the story of a subject that is vitally important to them – one that may take many years to capture and distill.

For us they are a somewhat different beast.  Since his childhood Chris has been interested in everything, talked to everyone, and ingested it all before analytically and systematically putting all of the pieces into place like some giant jigsaw.  It’s what makes him, and CLAi, a great creator of documentary programs of any type and topic… but not a great documentary producer.

Our skills come into play when we are teamed with that producer or client who has a topic they need to cover – you provide the brief, the details and the anticipated end result and we can immediately see the stepping stones to tell the story clearly and concisely, while doing so at realistic budgets.  Then we can step in to direct, shoot, edit, test, color and finish the piece – or any part of the production equation.

This is what we have done on the examples shown here, none of them are our passion projects, but they are all films that we have become passionate about as we help others to turn their ideas into beautiful stories that motivate people to action.  In many cases these are films about social change, stories that are on – or just over – the edge of mainstream, while other programs might be about the development of a product or a brand, or the story of an individual… documentary is one of those words that you can put any number of different titles before, because it is a description of a way of telling a story.  Our goal is to make sure that every one of those stories reach their target audience and make a difference to everyone involved.

If you click on any of the links it will take you to the video and a fuller explanation of all of this good stuff.

  • This clip is from the feature documentary film “A Final Peace” produced and directed by John Flores. Chris Layhe and CLAi, based in San Francisco and San Jose Bay area, also covering areas like Cupertino and Sunnyvale edited the piece on Premiere, composited all of the material to add lighting and camera effects in Davinci, worked on the audio in Adobe Audition to make it audible and add some voice character, handled the color correction and grading in Davinci, the final sound mixing and the mastering.
    “A Final Peace” Clip - a film by John Flores
  • "MGM Cotai Creative Overview" by Obscura Digital
  • "The International Progressive MS Alliance" by the Canadian National Multiple Sclerosis Society