Now lovers, creators, and friends of the world of film in the C-U community can more easily begin the steps to create a world before the lens. Shatterglass Studios, the award winning film production company, and the City of Champaign have collaborated to form a film office for both local and Hollywood directors wishing to call C-U home for their characters.
“Last summer when a film — Consumed — was happening here in Champaign County, Shatterglass Studios worked really closely with the producer [to] find locations and do the work that a city office would traditionally be doing,” said Terri Reifsteck, the Vice President of Marketing for Visit Champaign County. Realizing it was something the community needed and lacked, the tourism board decided to have something a bit more focused instead of going the state-wide route. After Brett Hays, co-owner of Shatterglass Studios, reached out to them about the potential, it wasn’t long before the idea became a reality. She says, “it was a natural fit for our organization to get involved with this project.”