Blackbox AV Productions was formed by Nick Reed and Anthony Lynch in 2008 – initially to provide the professional theatre market with a specialist promotional video production service. It has since expanded its operation to other areas, clients and markets, but it has continued to work to the principle that the use of cross-sector talent and creative processes produce unique and effective results.
Projects are approached by combining creative practices learned from our cross-sector experience in both stage and screen. Not only is this directly advantageous for our arts and live events marketing clients, but it yields effective and communicative results in our corporate video work too.
Its founders draw on their experience working in both stage and screen production – their collective experience ranging from directing, vision mixing and recording major live events to scripting prime time TV, directing both award-winning short films and west end theatre.
Nick Reed trained and worked as an actor, then directed theatre and wrote many hours of TV, including Doctors and Eastenders. He’s written scripts for computer games, short films, plays and features. As a director he’s worked with Ewen Macintosh (The Office), Tom Hollander (Pirates of The Caribbean) Annabelle Apsion (Shameless, Goodnight Mister Tom) and Pooky Quesnel (Eastenders, The Accused). He directed two of the Harry Potter book launch events at the Albert Hall and Edinburgh Castle and directed his play Lifecoach starring Phill Jupitus (Buzzcocks) at the Trafalgar Studios in the West End and appeared on I’d Do Anything to judge comedy. He wrote the film version of Lifecoach for Sam Mendes’ company, Neal Street, in which Tom Hollander (Rev, In The Loop) will star when it’s shot in 2011.
With his extensive creative experience as a writer and director for both the stage and screen, Nick ensures that the work of Blackbox is entertaining, engaging and unique. He also makes quite a good cup of coffee.
Anthony Lynch did not train as an actor, choosing instead to spend much of his life to date on seemingly endless academic pursuits, eventually ending up with a masters degree in Creative and Media Enterprises from Warwick University. For a number of years he has worked as a freelance video producer as well as a sound recordist and lighting camera operator. Similarly to Nick, he also enjoys working in the live performance field, and is an experienced sound designer and sound engineer of theatre, comedy and live music. Michael McIntyre once described him as ‘The nicest man in showbusiness’, although this was probably before he met David Tennant.
It’s Anthony’s job to see to the logistical side of Blackbox projects, and to ensure that work is delivered efficiently and effectively. He also enjoys a good cup of coffee.