Issue No. 403
March 2013


The crew recently brought two production awards home, proving yet again that hard work in this industry pays off and is recognized in an honorable fashion. The Aurora Awards is an independent and international film and video competition for commercials, cable programming, documentaries, industrial, instructional, and corporate videos. The crew submitted the Qvidian Playbook Promotional Video under the Sales/Productivity category and won the Aurora Gold Award. Check out the video below! 

The Communitas Awards is inspired by the vision of a better world and is an attempt to do something about it through volunteerism, investment and ethical, sustainable business practices. We submitted our Transparent Health "Patient Safety Roundtable" documentary and received an award under the 'Making A Difference' category. Check out our award-winning production below!




While most college students were packing their bags with shorts and t-shirts for spring break, two SIU students were doing quite the opposite... packing their hats and gloves and preparing to head to Chicago for the week to work at SolidLine. Maybe it wasn't the ideal vacation, but definitely a great work experience! SLM Externs Rachel Head and Joe Klontz had a busy week filming, editing, and working with the SolidLine crew on all aspects of production.


What did they think? Check out this video and get the full story about their week here at SolidLine!



Do you want to learn more about the production industry? Check out our internship opportunities here.



The office was flooded with delicious sweetness last week as competitors for the First Annual SolidLine Media Pie Bake-Off filed in with their tasty dessert creations in tow. That's right, in honor of March Madness and Pi Day, SLM brought a little competition to the workweek. Last year's Chili Cook-Off got pretty heated, and the pie bake-off was no different. Judge Intern Chris Tracz took a fair and balanced approach to his valuations of each pie, rating them on both taste and presentation.


To sweeten the deal, we had our spring break externs from SIU document and compete in an Extern Editing Challenge to put their editing skills to the test. Check out the winning video below, edited by Extern Joe Klontz.


CLICK AND WATCH: Check out Extern Joe Klontz's winning video in the Extern Video Editing Challenge. 


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Last Month's Puzzler


Which statement about Abe Lincoln is NOT true?


A. He was the first US president to grow a beard while in office.

B. He was the first US president from the Republican party.

C. He is buried in Washington DC.

D. He is the most portrayed US president in film to date.


Congrats to last month's Puzzler Winner! Responding with the right answer was SolidLine client and fan Tim Duffy of the NSLS. Tim responded with the correct answer (C) winning himself a SolidLine fleece. Congrats Tim and thanks for playing!


The New Puzzler 




The Question:


How long do most short-term memories last?


A. 20 to 30 seconds

B. 1 minute

C. 2 to 3 minutes

D. 3 to 4 minutes


Think you know the answer? Want to win some SolidLine swag? Email your response into If you're the first correct respondent, you will be rewarded with a set of SolidLine-branded coasters! Good luck and thanks for playing The SolidLine Puzzler!








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Gregg Giamalva,

Event Coordinator 

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SolidLine Media is a full service production house focused on the development and creation of 'smart' video productions across the US and the world. Our full-time in-house crew of professionals can handle any video production project, and create a final product that is fun to watch, and entertaining.


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2 Qs with SLM Executive Producer Greg Vass 


What is your first and favorite childhood memory?

I vividly remember going to Sarasota, FL every year as a kid to visit my grandparents. Most days we went to Siesta Key beach and there was a food counter there that served what we called "greasy grilled cheese" sandwiches. They came wrapped in wax paper and we would eat them on the beach for lunch. I remember them being amazing. I wonder if they still serve greasy grilled cheese on Siesta Key beach.


How do you remember all you have to do every day?

Without Google Tasks and the gTasks app I would be a complete failure in life.


What is your fondest SolidLine memory?


Mike Petrik, Art Director

Strumming tunes around the campfire while traveling to the rodeo we used to produce in Arizona.


Ed Boe, Director of Photography / Editor

I very fondly remember finishing reading everyone's memories in this email stream. These truly are the salad days! 


Kevin Wright, Producer

My fondest SLM memory is from last summer in Colorado 

when we had been diverted to a small road because the raging fires had closed the interstate. At that moment, knowing we were stranded, it was beautiful. We were able to move again and left that spot after a short hour, but I'll always remember with vivid recollection that day surrounded by fire and rock.


Marcus Leshock, Writer

The time Michael, Greg, and I went to see the monkeys.


Natalie Mueller, Writer

Any and all times John has puked.


John Courchane, Editor

My fondest memory was the day Kromm brought in a space heater for Edit 2. In sports talk, we call that a game changer.


Adam Marzec, Motion Graphics Artist

When the elevator was broke, seeing Michael Kromm's priceless face when he finally got up to our floor.


Ethan Barnowsky, Motion Graphics Artist

The atmosphere here is very pleasant and non-threatening. My day consists of joy and harmony. Every part is my favorite. The supreme leader treats us with kindness.


Allison Miller, Production Coordinator

The day Kromm and Vass gave me my own office. It has a door that locks. I am forever grateful for that.


Chris Tracz, Winter Production Intern

My fondest SLM memory was when I accidentally spilled coffee all over the Sony PMW-F3 in the production studio. Luckily, no one found out about it.


Michael Kromm, Director of Post Production

When we were too cheap to pay for a hotel so we slept in the back of our old truck and used sandbags as pillows.


Greg Vass, Executive Producer

I will never forget our aerial shoot over San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean. I spent 3 hours in a helicopter filming a container ship as it came in through the Golden Gate Bridge and into Oakland harbor. It was an awesome, picture perfect day and some of the most amazing footage we have shot.


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