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Who are you, and what do you do?

I’m Claude, a video director based out of Los Angeles. I spent my twenties making videos for Sandwich, a creative studio that specializes in the explainer video for tech companies of all sizes. I’m most proud of my work for Descript and Wistia. The Wistia videos were part of a larger projected helmed by Chris Lavigne called One, Ten, One Hundred, which ended up winning a Webby Award. I’ve also directed and edited John Gruber's The Talk Show Live from WWDC.

But enough about work already! Really, what I like to do is live at the intersection of storytelling and tech. I’m a silly lil nerd who loves the web. Design, typography, woodworking, playing cello instruments, songwriting, and—of course—consuming a ton of media round me out.

What hardware do you use?

Let’s start with the boring stuff first. I use a Silver M1 Max MacBook Pro with 64 GB of memory and 2 TB of disk space, which isn’t nearly enough for someone who works in video. People always get the Space Grey (and now, Space Black), but I’m here to tell you that I prefer the raw silver color way. I put my MacBook in clamshell mode in a TwelveSouth BookArc and connect it via Thunderbolt to my Apple Studio Display with the adjustable stand. I use a standard edition Apple Magic Keyboard and an incredibly mundane Logitech M705 Mouse.