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The Scene was our Illinois arts & culture podcast through 2017. Rachel Otwell curated the podcast which provided full-length stories and follow-ups, links to other reports, and conversations with you.This podcast contained a range of stories from the world of arts & culture, from visual art to Springfield's DIY music scene, to profiles of interesting local characters. The podcast was about what makes artists tick, and the diverse culture that exists within our community.

The Scene On Two Successful Seasons (And Shelving) Of The Studio Show

Cast & crew of The Studio Show... from left: Joe Day, Adam Nicholson, Keil Isham, Arlin Peebles, Emma Wilson & Dave Heinzel

Given the breadth of the output of work -- (21 episodes!) it seems impossible it's been just a year since The Studio Showpremiered. The goal originally was to create a program for public access. Instead it's become a web-based showcase of Springfield talent including short films, musical performances, a mini-series and much more. The crew now has a new vision, as we hear on this episode.

"You grow up here and you can't wait to get out. And then you get out and you come back and it's like, either leave - or make it cool." Heinzel

The original creators are a group of long time friends who bonded over skateboarding and their love of filmmaking. Since the first season, they have begun collaborating with more local talent, including writers likeEmma Wilson. Dave Heinzel, the executive producer, says one of his goals is allowing Springfielders to see their city through "a different lens." 

It's been said Heinzel spends 40 hours+ per episode on editing, and it's easy to believe that's a conservative estimate. His cinematography is artful and complex, including "nature breaks" and drone footage of the city. You have to see it for yourself. Now check out the show, and then take a listen to this episode of The Scene... We hear from co-hosts Arlin Peebles & Keil Isham, as well as Heinzel, Wilson, Joe Day, and Adam Nicholson - who has eventsand a net-working project for creatives. So come along with Scott and Rachel to the season two finale party at The Studio!

Rachel Otwell of the Illinois Times is a former NPR Illinois reporter.
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