Issue No. 408
August 2013
SolidLine Media Celebrates A Dozen Years   


Twelve years ago today, longtime pals Michael Kromm and Greg Vass capped off a year-long search for start-up financing by signing a bunch of papers and officially opening the doors of their new production company, SolidLine Media. But that was just the beginning. Operating out of an apartment in Palatine, IL for the first year, finding new business for a young company with young owners proved to be quite a challenge. "We struggled," states SLM Co-Founder and Executive Producer Greg Vass. "But we started at 7am every day and worked until 7pm every night, no matter what we had to work on. Many days we just spent talking strategy." And since then, that perseverance has never wavered. The next decade would prove to bring even bigger challenges as Kromm and Vass built their company, which now employs ten full time crew members. SolidLine is housed at 4,200 square foot production offices in Chicago's downtown loop. "We are blessed to have amazing clients and great work," Co-Founder and Director of Post Michael Kromm explains. "I was proud to be open for business back in 2001 and I still get that proud feeling each morning when I walk through the doors here at SolidLine."



SolidLine Produces high-end, entertaining corporate promotional and educational videos. Learn more about SolidLine Media here.



SLM Presents at Cook County Creative Career Day 


On Wednesday August 7th, the SolidLine crew gave back to the community by participating in the Chicago Community Trust's Creative Career Day. The Creative Career Day has been organized by the Arts Infusion Initiative which aims to expose, inspire and connect young people in the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center to arts activities that help strengthen future orientation, critical response, and careers in the performing arts, back-of-the-house roles, and creative industries has engaged them in practical tips related to career readiness.


SolidLine presented three 45-minute classes that featured a detailed overview of the production process, and a live Avid-editing demo.


"It's important to give back and help guide these kids, and be role models for their future," states Chicago Community Trust's Jesus Diaz. "And we appreciate SolidLine for taking a day to be a part of this program and help make that happen." 


Learn more about the Chicago Community Trust here.

Also, check out the blog we wrote about visiting the JDTC.


Watch & Vote: SolidLine Intern Editing Challenge 

After a crazy day of wing 'saucing,' the tribe has spoken and a winner has been crowned in SolidLine's summer Wing Challenge. But the fun is not over yet! Our Summer Interns Rachel Head and Joe Klontz documented the event last month and have each edited their own best cut of the footage. And now you, our readers, have the chance to vote on which edit reins supreme! Click the link below to check out each short video and vote for your favorite. We'll announce the winner on our blog next week. 



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




Last Month's Puzzler


What is the most popular holiday weekend for barbecuing? 


A. Memorial Day

B. Father's Day 

C. Fourth of July 

D. Labor Day 


Congrats to last month's Puzzler Winner! Responding with the correct answer was SolidLine client and fan Sarah Oaks. Sarah responded with the right answer (C) winning herself a set of SolidLine coasters. Congrats Sarah and thanks for playing!



The New Puzzler


What country holds the most recipients of the prestigious Nobel Prize?


A) Germany
B) Japan
C) France
D) The United States


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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"Thank you, SolidLine for producing six outstanding videos for my client's annual conference. Your creative approach and clever ideas to carry our Mission Impossible theme throughout all the videos made for great entertainment and provided a continuity that ensured the success of our meeting's launch.  Your outstanding product and excellent customer service continues to make SolidLine my media company of choice. Thanks for another great year!"


Sarah S. Oaks

Inspired Consulting


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.


View Our Demos Here!



2 Qs with SLM Production Coordinator Ali Miller  



What do you find most interesting about your job as Production Coordinator?

The variety of hats I wear here as Production Coordinator allows each task to have a refreshing twist. It's always nice to add to the list of responsibilities and take on new challenges. 


What's your favorite thing to do in the summertime?

Swim, camp, hit up the city beaches, attend festivals, grill, drink beer til the wee hours of the night. You know, summertime stuff...



What will be your legacy? 


Mike Petrik, Art Director

A VHS copy of The Legacy.  


John Courchane, Editor

Edward Tiberius Boe.  


Adam Marzec, Motion Graphics Artist

The artist that didn't take steroids to enhance his work. 


Ed Boe, Director of Photography / Editor

A small yet dedicated cat and guinea pig army. Each less cunning and effective than the last!


Kevin Wright, Producer

I had a 1991 Subaru Legacy. It was slow. 


Marcus Leshock, Writer

An inbox of unread emails.


Natalie Mueller, Writer

A pristine pog collection and some really killer slammers.


Allison Miller, Production Coordinator

The love I have for my fish and my people.


Joe Klontz, Summer Intern

Having my name on the SLM Intern Editing Champion Plaque. 


Michael Kromm, Director of Post Production

A true legacy is determined by what you do, not what you say. 


Greg Vass, Executive Producer

My legacy will forever be on VHS. 


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