Teaching Teachers
Through Evidence-Based Research

Multi-camera production for Learning Point in Chicago, IL.

SolidLine Media is currently in post-production on a series of educational video seminars for Learning Point Associates. Funded by the Dept. of Education, the productions educate teachers and administrators on how to excel in the classroom. The seven productions feature topics such as Data-Based Decision Making, Interpreting Test Score Trends & Gaps, Understanding Formative Assessment, and Evidence-based Practices. The videos were produced across the US, including Denver, CO, Chicago, IL, Washington, DC, Grand Rapids, MI, and Notre Dame, IN.

“This information is very important to the future of our school systems and educators,” states Peggie Garcia from Learning Point Associates. “SolidLine has done a great job for us effectively capturing the messages, and have also worked closely with our IT team to develop an online portal so that the content is available to educators around the country.”

2010 SLM Strategy Meetings Held in Orlando

Evening strategy session with part of the SLM team in Orlando.

The SolidLine crew traveled to Orlando, FL December 14-17 for 2010 strategy meetings. The meetings included a project-by-project review of 2009 as well as discussions on the state of SolidLine and exploring growth opportunities in 2010.

The crew also collaborated on the development and implementation of a new, improved SolidLine production process, proposed ideas for a new brand and the creation of a brand development team.

Be sure to watch for these ideas and plans in action in future SolidLine News Reels and on our websites.

Follow the SolidLine Crew in 2010

Unloading at dawn in Ft. Myers, Florida for the National Society of Leadership & Success.

People always ask what it's really like traveling across the country, producing videos. It's a lot of hard work, but it's also a lot of fun. We're proud of the work we do and the way we do it, and we try to share as much of it as possible with our clients – past, present and future – via the web.

In addition to our website, solidlinemedia.com, our blog, solidlinemediablog.com, covers a variety of topics, including the production process, lessons learned, and ideas and examples of how to effectively produce and use video. It's a great learning resource and also an entertaining look behind the scenes with the SolidLine crew. You can even sign up to have the blog delivered to your email, a great way to stay up to date on what we're doing.

We also have pages on facebook.com/solidlinemedia and twitter.com/solidlinemedia. These sites are great ways to follow us through the production process and get to know us a little better. You can even view our latest productions on our youtube.com/solidlinemedia channel, or visit the case studies page on our website to read how our videos have delivered results. Click the images below to go to our websites.

So take a few minutes and browse our sites, sign up to follow the crew and receive updates via email, and of course, keep reading the News Reel. There's plenty more to come as the crew heads around the country and the world in 2010!

Bus Schedule '09 - Around the USA in 92 days

Stopped off during a blizzard in New Buffalo, Michigan

The bus covered a lot of ground in 2009. The crew traveled a total of 92 days, drove 39,000 miles, and covered 34 states!

The bus and crew are gearing up for another great year on the road with upcoming production in Illinois, North Dakota, Washington, DC, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Ohio. Several International trips are in the works as well.

Crew Beans

This is one of our favorite recipes on the road for three important reasons. First, they use the crock pot so it’s easy to let them cook while moving along the highway or while we’re out for the day on location filming. Secondly, Crew Beans are hearty and are definitely a meal, not just a side, so there’s no need to think about preparing other food. Lastly, they are delicious. Here’s what to do:

Stuff You'll Need: What to Do:
  • Crock pot
  • Skillet
  • 64oz can of Bush’s baked beans
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • Olive oil
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 1lb of ground beef
  • Mustard
  • Tony Chachere Original Creole Seasoning
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Bacon
  • Sauté the ground beef with a little olive oil (you can also use ground chicken, ground pork, or we’ve even done cut up brats or brat patties as well - whatever you want). Add the beef to the beans.
  • Dice the onion and green pepper and sauté in the same pan as the beef. Add to the crock pot.
  • Cook the bacon (~6 strips) in the pan, cut up and add to crock pot. Stir it all up.
  • Add the ketchup, brown sugar, and a bit of mustard to the crock pot. Stir.
  • Add the creole seasoning. This is a very important step that must be done to taste. Probably the most crucial ingredient!
  • Add some garlic powder, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, and any other seasonings you like.
  • Stir it all up and taste to ensure proper flavor.
  • Cook in the crock pot on high for a couple hours, stirring occasionally, then set to low or warm.
  • Eat and be merry!

Happy SolidLine Clients

"From the beginning, SolidLine understood the vision of what we were trying to create, spent considerable time learning about patient safety, and became passionate about the cause. They were not only true partners in making this film but also became great friends to both of us and our families."

David Mayer, MD
Transparent Health

About SolidLine Media

Fresh and unique concepts, high end production value, and a professional (and fun) production team – that’s SolidLine Media. Come see why we're different.

View our 4-minute "Why SolidLine" promo video, narrated by the legendary Don LaFontaine.

Watch our "SolidLine Style" 2010 Show Reel.

Visit our Case Studies page to see how our videos continue to help clients from every industry.

Learn more about SolidLine, read our blog, and follow the crew as we travel across the USA, and beyond.


Meet the Crew

Mike Petrik
Art Director

As Art Director for SolidLine Media since 2003, Mike Petrik is responsible for all aspects of 3d and 2d graphic modeling, rigging and animation. A graduate of the Institute of Art, Mike works with the production team to storyboard and design graphic and animation concepts that grasp the scope of each project.

2Qs with Mike:

What makes you tick?
Tick? I’m assuming you mean like how a clock ticks, which is caused by the gears inside turning the second hand. I’m not exactly sure how clocks work, so I really can’t answer this question. Just look it up on Wikipedia.

What’s your best SLM memory since 2003?
The 3 rodeos we produced in Arizona. They were all fun and memorable, which is why it’s my best memory.

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