BLACK SUN specializes in high-end digital and film services primarily for advertising, commercial and editorial purposes and is equipped to handle projects in size “from peanuts to elephants.”  The main shooting area is 2,600 square feet of open space awash in natural sunlight.  Other features include a complete digital lab, a small production kitchen, 1,200 sq. ft. outdoor shooting area, ground floor load-in area, and production work shop. The open space of the studio is ideal for large-scale productions as well as for private meetings or special events. The studio is located in “The L•A•B•B•” a 9,500 sq. ft. creative arts building on the edge of downtown State College, PA and just one block from the Penn State University. [FB FAN PAGE]

the building

Heralded as “the coolest building in State College, PA,” the LABB designed and built by Black in 2005, emulates an urban-modernistic style, bringing strong architectural elements utilizing contemporary details, industrial materials and green execution to a viable working commercial building buffered by encapsulating landscaping. Structurally, the silver clad industrial 9,500 sq ft. steel building, which includes exposed brick interiors, 25-foot loft ceilings, and large 8 by 20-foot windows, is unmatched in Central Pennsylvania.  The openness of the building was designed to promote a functional and free-flowing atmosphere, one where limitless creativity and inspiration can thrive.


BLACK SUN is equipped to handle projects in size “from peanuts to elephants” whether here in the studio or out on location – from coast to coast.

robust digital and production facilities      |     camera and lighting gear for virtually all needs     |     main studio is an open 2,600 sq. ft. flooded in daylight     |     private outdoor area 1,200 sq. ft.     |     covered deck 500 sq. ft.     |     fully equipped kitchen      |     production shop      |     waiting room      |     bathroom with walk-in shower      |     parking and a ground floor load-in area      |     excellent espresso and dark chocolate covered almonds


BLACK SUN is pleased to announce that beginning in 2011 it will host mixed media fine art exhibits on a limited basis.  These exhibits will feature, celebrate and highlight the works of local and national artists.  For more information about shows visit this site for up-to-date calendar information or send an email requesting info be sent to you.  If you are an artist wishing to be considered, please send and email with an artist’s statement and small portfolio and we will contact you shortly there after.

friends include…

Aadvert – 55 Records – AW & Sons – Baker & Associates – Birdland – Blue Note Media – CBICC – CCOR – Choice Hotels – CPI – Crain Publications – Criss Cross Jazz – CRSA – Days Inn – Designer’s Studio – DiamondBack Truck – Dinex Group – Down Beat – e. Republic – Emotive Audio – Federal Reserve Bank – Ferrell & Company – First Magazine – Free Press – Geisinger – Giant Foods – GIE Media – Giles Communication – Global Interface Organization, Inc – GN Associates – Go Magazine – Grid 2 International – GSA – Guitar Magazine – Hotel State College – IBM – International Arts & Artists – Jazz Standard – JPL  – Juniata College – KPMG  – Merrill Lynch – Minitab – Murata Electronics – Network World – NewBay Media – NPC – NY Daily News – NY Times – OIT – PA Wing – PARS International – Penn State  – Papertree Design – Prentise-Hall – Proctor Gamble – Renew Life – Research Magazine – Richards Group – RNDT – Salt Box – Simon Schuster – Smoke – Tantor Media – Telarc – Tungsten Creative – Ultran Labs – Uni-Tec – Universal Music – USA Today – VERVE – Wes & Gold – Whiting-Turner – Wine Spectator

michael black

BLACK SUN is home base to commercial, advertising and editorial photographer michael black and his crew.  At times in State College other times he’s on the road coast to coast working mainly on web, print and video campaigns.

To learn more visit:


BLACK SUN studio
700 east beaver avenue
state college • pa • 16801      [appointments only]

814.867.2000 p        •         814.867.2001 f        •        [email]        •        [map]