Throughout the years we’ve experienced some pretty amazing milestones. All of our films, getting one of the first RED ONE’s, getting asked to film Ebertfest and in 2010 when we moved in to our very first offices at the M2 building in Downtown Champaign. That was truly a seminal moment for us and we’ve absolutely cherished every last second we’ve been in those offices over the past couple of years. We truly feel that that opportunity really caused a ton of growth in our company.
A couple of months ago, we discovered that a vacancy would soon be occurring in a building that we’ve long dreamt about but had never considered a real possibility to be in. But, just as it tends to happen sometimes, destiny took it’s course. In May, a few different conversations took place that suddenly made our dream a very possible reality. Without hesitation, we started to pursue it, and on July 1st, we officially moved into 309 S. Neil St., where we’ve spent the past couple of weeks creating our dream space, and while it’s still a work-in-progress, we’d like to take this moment to give you a brief tour of the new Shatterglass “Studio,” if you will.
At M2 on Neil, we had offices in the “Enclave” which is a professional “Shared Space” where multiple businesses reside, share a receptionist, kitchen, conference rooms, etc. There’s a lot of things we loved about the space, like the ability to always be in contact with other businesses and have a very communal work environment, but we started to outgrow it and needed more space. So at 309 we’re actually still sharing the space with another company that we met at M2, Accuraty Solutions. It’s a brilliant fit as Accuraty specializes in Web Development and Management. It’s something that fits the creative atmosphere of the space, but neither company has to worry about competition and we’ve become great friends with Jeremy, the founder and owner, and his spectacular staff.
They reside in the front portion of the building and we reside in the back. The space is perfectly designed so that it is both open and private at the same time. We can casually run into each other on a constant basis, but we don’t infringe on each other either. We both have our own bathrooms and we share the conference room and kitchen.
The Mojo Room
When you walk straight back into the Shatterglass portion of the building you immediately know it’s a different space. Shatterglass comprises of a common area in the middle, with 4 offices surrounding it on two sides and a small open work area as well. We call the common area the “Mojo Room” (which was cleverly coined by One Main Development President, Mike Royse). This is the room where we come together, interact, collaborate and create. It’s an area that allows our space to be both comfortable and professional, private and collaborative. Since our offices all reside on the sides of the Mojo Room, we can easily go from being reclusive while editing or making phone calls in our own offices, to coming together and being collaborative and creative in the room.
A lot of thought and effort went into the design of the space. While most of the color scheme existed from the previous owners paint on the walls, we wanted to really run with the ideas. It’s been shown in studies that color can really help improve the creative process so we wanted to really be surrounded by it. Most of the office is splashed with Red and especially in the Mojo Room. A red sectional, red chairs, red lights, etc. Red is not only the brand of our beloved camera, but it’s the color that most evokes passion, romance, anger, creativity, etc. We’ve got it all over.
While it seems that it would be fairly obvious for a film production company to decorate with film-related posters, we decided to decorate with our own love of pop-culture. Our entire space is filled with Comic Book cover posters. Our hallways, walls, even the bathrooms have comic book covers on them. And why not? Comics are not only one of the greatest American art forms, but they’re our modern mythology. They’re the greatest form of non-photographic, visual storytelling we have and we here at Shatterglass are avid readers and lovers of the form, being dedicated storytellers and artists. 99% of the covers are the greatest stories ever told by DC Comics (our preferred publisher), but the first thing you’ll really notice is the giant IRON MAN cover gracing the back north wall.[nggallery id=2]
Myles Beeson is the newest addition to the Shatterglass family. He’s a brilliant and accomplished photographer, cinematographer, editor and musician. I’m fairly confident you’ve never met anybody as carefree and easygoing as Myles Beeson. A world traveler and avid surfer, Myles’ room reflects his personality beautifully. His own photography populates the room in stunning canvas prints and a giant canvas of a blue wave fills the east wall.[nggallery id=5]
Our Co-Owner, Producer and Project Manager, Brett Hays, resides in the office next to Myles. A spacious office with dashes of playfulness thrown in at various places, Brett’s office displays his passion for art, pop-culture and Michael Jackson. His figures comprise of various vintage Star Wars and superheroes from his childhood and his office includes a relaxing sitting area where he can chill at the end of the day, or watch his two beautiful young daughters play or draw while he works at his desk.[nggallery id=4]
Luke’s office consists of two halves: workstation and lounge. As the Creative Director of Shatterglass, Luke works in both an idea capacity as well as an editing one. So the first half of the office contains an editing workstation, while the second half is a comfortable lounge area where he can work through the creative process, all while enjoying his classic rock and jazz vinyls. The occasional video game or blu-ray doesn’t hurt either. Luke’s figures consist of collectible figures ranging from THE MUPPET SHOW to Elvis Presley and Jack Bauer. Two full-size, officially licensed Muppet replica’s of Animal and Gonzo watch over the space, while posters of 60’s Star Trek comic covers, classic movie vinyl soundtracks and a framed Edward R. Murrow autographed record represent the range in his interests and passions.[nggallery id=3]
Edit Suite A
A small editing suite resides to the east of Luke’s office. A small office that contains a Mac Pro, 30″ Apply Display and 32″ HDTV Reference Monitor. This suite also functions as a mixing station and color correction suite as well.
A small workroom sits to the east of the Edit Suite where 2 or 3 people can work simultaneously at the counter.
Currently a work-in-progress, the back area, the actual “studio”, will be the center of our activities here. The space we’ve acquired is absolutely perfect for us to create a sound stage for filming, as well as a small area for entertaining, a storage room and best of all, an 18-seat private screening room. We intend to spend the next 6 or so months working on building this area out, but we’ve created a 3D walkthrough video (below) to give you an idea of how the space will work. Once we’ve completed the studio, we’ll update with another blog detailing it.