It would seem that Steve Kline and Byron Campbell were pre-destined to work together. Sound and Picture. Audio and Video. The Ying and the Yang. Together, the two partners bring a masterful combination of digital media skills to The Firelight Media Group in Trumbull, CT.
Byron Campbell ventured into audio production at the ripe young age of 13, starting with gigs in theater, live TV, the Fairfield University Media Center and Cablevision. He ended up matriculating at the Institute of Audio Research in NYC and then onto jobs at Nutmeg Studios and Servisound, both in NY, and Palace Productions in S. Norwalk, CT. From there, he got an opportunity to work as a freelance audio production engineer with Control-C, the outfit which produced all the interstitials and openings to events for the NBC coverage of the Athens, Torino and Beijing Olympics.
Steve Kline attended the Pratt Institute, majoring in architecture and design. While there, he also became intrigued with TV illustration, art and animation. Upon graduation, he landed a gig at Ball and Chain, a firm specializing in computer graphics in Stamford and won several awards for his work for Time-Warner. From there, Steve worked at Visual Effects in Milford, CT until the entrepreneurial spirit motivated him to go it on his own.
Steve started working out of his house doing a lot of corporate work and providing support for other related agencies. His projects ranged from video production/editing to various web and multimedia projects. At just about the time Steve was looking to expand, Byron was also looking for a new challenge.
Together, they now form the core of The Firelight Media Group.
Recently, the company has carved a niche in Distance Learning, supporting companies like Dupont, McGraw Hill and several government agencies. According to Steve, “a lot of what we do in distance learning has to do with energy efficient design. Architects and engineers are required to keep up their certifications and McGraw Hill provides them with learning modules.”
Firelight Media Group currently does post-production work on a regional TV show called “Community Auditions” which airs on TV stations in New England. “We also do a lot of projects for traditional ad agencies as well as companies who can’t afford a full-service agency,” Campbell explained. The company is most proud of its work for non-profit organizations such as the Bridgeport Rescue Mission, the United Way and St. Vincent’s Special Needs Center.
While Firelight certainly keeps busy with a large quantity of diverse projects, it’s the
quality that really counts as evidenced by their recent winning of an Emmy award.
Now that says it all!