Issue No. 407
July 2013
SolidLine ShowReel Takes Home the Gold


SolidLine's new ShowReeel has been recognized with a Gold honor in the 2013 Aurora Awards, an international video production competition. Since 1996, the Aurora Awards has ranked tens of thousands of productions from around the world utilizing a panel of judges made up of experienced production industry professionals. 

SolidLine caught up with Quinn Orr, one of The Aurora Awards founders, to see what sets the Aurora Awards apart. "What we are trying to do is create one place where the Commercial Director, the Documentary Director, the Corporate Producer, the University Relations guy, and the small independent shop can all get measured by the same yardstick. There are so many forms of media today, and excellence can be found and should be recognized in all forms. That's what we do."


Learn more about the Aurora Awards on their website.


SLM Wing Ding: Hot Wing Challenge


The fryers are hot and the sauces are spicy...which means only one thing. It's time for the SolidLine Media summer food cook-off challenge! On July 23rd SLM crew members will head to the office with something a little extra in their bags, a wing sauce ready to douse in freshly fried wings and be put up to the test for quality and taste from the SolidLine judging panel. The winner wing will receive not only a magnificent trophy, but also $100 and the respect of the SLM least for a day or so. 




So, what does the crew have to say about their sauces? 


Editor John Courchane is reveling in his usual food preparation confidence, "My Sauce is going to be a combination of that feeling you get when you say something rude to someone who doesn't deserve it, and not getting the toy you wanted as a kid for Christmas. That's the kind of flavor I'm going for." 


DP Ed Boe provided a more 'calm' review of his wing sauce, "Just you suckas wait! Once I find the perfect mixture of spices and liquid, you will be crying in your pathetic mixture you call wing sauce!" 


Whoa! Watch out for Ed and John everyone!


SolidLine Media Summer Interns Rachel Head and Joe Klontz will also be on hand documenting the event and will use the footage to compete in the Summer Intern Editing Challenge. So stay tuned to SLM Facebook page and blog for all the updates!


New Releases at SolidLine Media

It's been a busy start to the year already here at SolidLine. Wait, it's already July? Well we are halfway through 2013 and new videos are rolling off the presses every week. Check out some of the latest videos here at SolidLine Media!






As always you can view our complete gallery of videos on the SolidLine website at





Last Month's Puzzler


According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), what is the healthiest vegetable out there?


A. Carrot

B. Squash

C. Sweet potato

D. Onion


For the first time in SLM Puzzler history, we did not receive a correct response to the question we posed. C'mon, folks... Is it really that hard to believe sweet potatoes are the healthiest veggies? Don't forget to play the puzzler to win SolidLine gear!


The New Puzzler 




The Question:


What is the most popular holiday weekend for barbecuing? 


A. Memorial Day

B. Father's Day 

C. Fourth of July 

D. Labor Day


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!



July 2013 Bus Schedule







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2 Qs with SLM Production Intern Rachel Head 

Rachel Head Editing


How's the internship thus far? 

So far at SLM I've been doing a lot of awesome stuff. I've been mostly editing various projects but I've also got to do some graphics work and I've been learning a lot. 


What's your favorite part of the summer?

Going to the Renaissance Fair. I've gone every summer since I was 1 and it's really cool there. They have great food, great shows, and this year they had a huge dragon statue/puppet. It's always a fun time and I would recommend it to anyone in the Chicago area. 



What is your favorite thing to grill? 


Mike Petrik, Art Director

Food! Sometimes. 


John Courchane, Editor

Anything I bagged while hunting and/or fishing. 


Adam Marzec, Motion Graphics Artist

Flank Steak!


Ed Boe, Director of Photography / Editor

Me myself, I like to grill cheese. 

Ethan Barnowsky, Motion Graphics Artist

Footlong hotdog, stuffed portobello, other meat- you got yourself a meal. 


Joe Grock, Motion Graphics Artist 

St. Louis style ribs- and corn!  


Kevin Wright, Producer

Pineapple with a little brown sugar. 


Marcus Leshock, Writer

Garlic jalapeņo bison burgers. 


Natalie Mueller, Writer



Allison Miller, Production Coordinator

Brats after they've been simmering in beer for several hours.


Rachel Head, Summer Intern

Burgers and hotdogs. 


Joe Klontz, Summer Intern

Shrimp Kabobs! 


Michael Kromm, Director of Post Production

Ham steak.


Greg Vass, Executive Producer

I like to take beef and ground it up and then pat it into little round discs. I call them 'pattys.' Then I toss them on the grill. I hope someday my idea will catch on.


Ed Moving Gear on Forklift

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