Local filmmaking siblings to school Parkland Class of '18 on storytelling

Local filmmaking siblings to school Parkland Class of '18 on storytelling

CHAMPAIGN — Brothers Carter and Luke Boyce are storytellers by trade, but they view everyone as storytellers by nature.

The two are both in film — Carter, 29, an animator and Luke, 35, a co-owner/creative director of Champaign's Shatterglass Studios. When they take the Krannert Center stage tonight to deliver Parkland College's commencement address, they'll talk about storytelling as a staple in all kinds of life paths.

"We're all telling stories all the time," Luke said. "When people communicate, they are telling stories. So we thought: How can we not only teach people how to be better storytellers but also ... live their best lives?"

Carter and Luke's own story begins about an hour outside of Champaign-Urbana, in Cissna Park. Fueled by a creative drive passed down from their father, Luke grew up with a video camera in hand while Carter loved to fiddle with anything he came across.

"We joke all the time, but it's a miracle that our house didn't burn down," Luke said about Carter's childhood projects. "He just had glue guns on, just consistently. He built himself a tree house in our backyard — he was always building and tinkering."

And yes, Luke admits that he forced Carter to act in his early homemade videos. He said their childhood playtime was always focused around making something.

As they grew older, Luke's love for filmmaking — and Steven Spielberg — only grew. But Carter wasn't sure how to channel his creative energy into a career, until he took a high school sample class on 3D animation.

"It hit me like a ton of bricks," he said. "There was a digital version of everything I had been doing ... deconstructing the way things work and trying to figure out ways to put them back together."

He then went to Parkland and majored in applied science in digital media. After that, he graduated from DePaul, where his thesis short film "Die Flucht" won a Student Academy Award in 2016 from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Luke started Shatterglass in 2006 and won a regional Emmy in 2013 for a documentary about Ebertfest. He is now working on directing a live-action adaptation of the "Revival" comic book series.

When it comes to making it through early adulthood, Carter stressed that leaving school doesn't mean you should stop learning about your craft. Luke said it's important to hone in on the specific thing you're good at, give your talents back to the community and build up a strong network of people around you.

"Like with Brett (Hays), he's someone who is very different from me," Luke said about his Shatterglass co-owner.

"We recognized very early on that each other's strength is the other person's weakness, and that created a stronger unit as a whole."

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