Tuesday, August 21, 2012

UIS films documentary on Old State Capitol

It's lights, camera, action at the Old State Capitol. A crew from the University of Illinois-Springfield is shooting the very first high-definition documentary of the capital city landmark.

It's called "The Old State Capitol: A Witness to History," and it's made possible by a $5,000 grant from the Illinois Humanities Council.

Jerry Burkhart, the director of UIS' Office of Electronic Media, said this documentary can help promote one of Springfield's most precious historical sites.

"We're hoping that this promotes visitors to come to the Old State Capitol, but if you happen to be where you can never make it to the Old State Capitol, you'll be able to take a high-definition tour," Burkhart said.

The crew is expected to shoot the documentary over the next six months. Once it's done, they're hoping to distribute copies to every school and library in the state, so people can use it as a learning tool.

The documentary was featured in a August 20, 2012, report by WICS-TV.

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