LBB is saddened to report that Chris Massey has died at the age of 37. The well-liked and respected producer who had worked at Skin Flicks and Academy Films had been part of London’s production community for almost a decade and in that time had risen from runner to head of production, a role he had at Skin Flicks.
Chris started his career at Academy Films as a runner and he soon rose through the ranks and shone as a music video producer. Academy posted the following tribute on their social media:
“Academy lost a dear member of the family at the weekend. It’s an honour to say that Chris Massey once graced our four walls.
“Chris started as a runner back in 2006 and we instantly fell in love with him. His apparent nonchalance was magnetic, yet he cared deeply about his work. His unique skillset became key to our music video success, able to speak on a creative level to artists and directors, but also adept at throwing together a full scale production in just a couple of days.
“Five years later he left the company, regularly returning as a freelancer, and to visit his wife Lucy. Our hearts go out to you Luce, and to your beautiful Amelia. Chris filled the office with his larger than life character, his laughter and his cool. It was too soon to lose you dear friend, loving husband, devoted father.”
Chris' back catalogue of work included promos for the likes of Florence and the Machine, The Charlatans and The Kills - as well as experimental art shorts with directing collective Tell No One. Their film 'Metamorphosis: Titian 2012' for The National Gallery was a celebration of the 16th century painter's work, that was created in collaboration with The Royal Ballet.
Metamorphosis from Tell No One on Vimeo.
LBB’s editor Laura Swinton said: “Chris entered the industry just about the time when I was starting to write about production and advertising as a young journalist, and he was a constant source of cool projects and warm banter. It’s heart breaking to hear about this, and we’re thinking of his friends, family and colleagues at this difficult time.”