Issue No. 203March 2011


Aegis Award 2010


In 2010, 1,891 videos from around the world were submitted to the Aegis Awards for consideration in their annual competition to recognize video production excellence. SolidLine's patient safety educational video, "The Faces of Medical Error...From Tears to Transparency: The Story of Michael Skolnik" was awarded 2nd in the world out of those nearly 2,000 entries.  The production continues to be used in medical schools across the country as well as countless showings at patient safety meetings and seminars in the US and around the world.


"David and I could never imagine a film could bring such realism to the screen," states Michael Skolnik's mother, Patty.  "Michael and our pain is felt by each viewer. But it's more than that.  It's also a feeling that also translates into a strong desire to understand how and work towards ensuring patients are safe, to create an environment where patients and doctors make informed decisions together, and, to ensure that when there is the unfortunate outcome of a mistake, the system stands up and fully discloses that mistake, and remains loyal to their patient and the family members in need."


SolidLine has a new full time staff member! Dave "The Doctor" Rokos came on board March 1 as SolidLine's new Production Coordinator.  The position, previously held by Ed Boe, will put Dave on the front lines of production, assisting in the Pre-Production organization of projects as well as traveling with the crew to each location and working on the location shoots.  Ed Boe will now hold the position of Director of Photography / Editor, which will put him behind the camera on location and in the Avid suite in the office and on the SolidLine bus.


Dave Rokos
Dave Shows Off his New Truck License

Since starting, Dave has been extensively training to get fully up to speed. This included a rigorous SolidLine truck training last week in Illinois.  Production Intern Sam was there to catch it all on film. Check out the video below! 


SolidLine Truckers 


WATCH: SolidLine Truckers: Dave Rokos Learns to Drive the SolidLine Truck


Dave spoke of his elation to be on the crew to The NewsReel while driving to Arizona this week.  "I am really excited.  It's awesome to be on the road heading to all these amazing locations. It's awesome to be working in my field. Basically, working for SolidLine is awesome." Clearly, life is awesome for Dave these days.


You can follow Dave and his new job at SolidLine via his weekly Production blog at


Production has been busy as usual at SolidLine. Over the past month we have released several new videos. Check out a few of our latest projects below!


New Versions of SolidLine Demo Reels

2011 SolidLine ShowReel

2011 SolidLine Motion Graphics Reel

2011 SolidLine 3D Animation Reel


American Osteopathic Foundation Fundraising Video


ASUG Week 7 Video, Networking (part of 20 week series on


Everest Academy Recruitment Video


FlossFish Promo Video


Boylan Catholic High School Recruitment Video


March 2011 Bus Schedule 


Last Month's Puzzler

What was the exact date that Groundhog Day was released in theaters?


Groundhog Day was officially released in theaters on February 12, 1993 and grossed $14.6 million bucks on opening weekend. Congrats to Sal Marquez of Associated Bank for chiming in first with the correct answer.  Sal will be sporting around town very soon in his own SolidLine fleece.  Congrats Sal, and thanks for playing!


The New Puzzler!

It's March, and that means Daylight Savings Time starts up again soon, actually it already did last weekend so hopefully you have changed your clocks by now! But, does that mean everyone in the US set their clocks forward this past weekend???


The Question:

Name 1 state that does not observe Daylight Savings Time.


Think you know the answer?  Send it in to  If you're the first correct respondent, then you will be outfitted with your very own fabled SolidLine Media fleece jacket in your choice of 5 wonderful colors.  Good luck and thanks for playing!



Shooting Union Pacific Train in the AZ Desert 

Intern Sam aka 'Muscles'Dave Rokos Attempts the Alley Dock Manuever 

Nighttime Loading in Lemont, IL 

Loading in Haskensack, New JerseyInterview Set up 

First Class CampingFun Crew 

Master Filmmaker Ed Boe 

Hey Champ Music Video ShootView from the Back-up Camera



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Caylin Younger

Caylin Younger, Motion Graphics Intern

Caylin is spending 2 days a week in the SolidLine production offices under the direction of Art Director Mike Petrik. So far he has been assisting with motion graphics prep work, working with Production Intern Sam to create graphics for his blog, and learning about the overall SolidLine experience (hopefully he's not taking any notes!).


2 Qs with Graphics Intern Caylin


How long have you been into making graphics?

I have been into making graphics ever since I got my first copy of Photoshop about 8 years ago. As a kid me and my brother would edit videos and make graphics for our friends and our schools. I started doing 3d graphics when in my junior year of high school when I took a CAD class at a local community college. It was then that I decided I wanted to be able to make other things than just machine parts and architecture. I didn't like being restricted to creating things that required precise measurements, I wanted to be able to be more creative and make things the way I wanted. 


What really goes on inside the SolidLine Art Department?

Inside the SolidLine art department there is an excessive amount of coffee drinking accompanied by various clicking and tapping from the computers. Seriously, there are intense periods of silent work with an occasional break to retrieve more coffee, or kick and scream. Every now and then there is a break to collaborate on a project and/or show one another the coolest thing they found that day on the internet, but mostly work...


What/who was your inspiration to get into the production field?


Mike Petrik, Art Director

I was inspired by Ed Boe.  He showed me that quantity over quality is the way to get ahead in this business...or was it the other way around? Oh no...


Ed Boe, Director of Photography / Editor

I was inspired by the dedication and hard work demonstrated by Mike Petrik.  He has been, and continues to be, a true inspiration.


Dave Rokos, Production Coordinator

The movie JAWS, which was the first movie I saw, even though I was born 12 years after it came out in theaters...


Marcus Leshock, Writer

I was inspired by a man named George, who showed me that you could make a decent living wage by reading the BBC website all day. 


Sam Sher, Winter Production Intern

When I was very young I received a "Tyco Video Camera" and began making short movies with my toys, and I'd always loved telling huge, epic stories with them. My interest in production grew out of the enjoyment I got out of telling stories.


Jeff McBride, Motion Graphics Artist

I was inspired by my 8th grade Information Technology course where a friend and I hosted a weekly "Tech Talk" TV show (we were nerds).


Caylin Younger, Motion Graphics Intern

I was inspired by Bungie. Yeah, I hear judgement. Seriously, I figured if these people can put together such an irresistibly fun game as a career, I should get in on that. Also, my brother inspires me as well, not to mention motivates me.


Michael Kromm, Creative Director

Greg Vass and my Spanish teacher Mrs. Borchman, who kicked me out of Spanish class in 8th grade to pursue my career as a video guy.


Greg Vass, Executive Producer

The TV game show "Supermarket Sweep" guided my path to production (and helped me to shop sensibly). Seriously, my neighbor friends and I built a grocery store set in my basement and filmed our own episodes after school. And WEMS News, which was a news station Kromm and I started for our middle school.  Yes, I was a video geek then...and still am now.  Ok, fine, Kromm inspires me too...


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