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MotionMasters team heads to Africa

Endless plains of unspoiled beauty where lions, cheetahs, rhinos and elephants roam free are among scenes a MotionMasters production team will film during a 10-day trip to Africa for the 8th Leon H. Sullivan Summit in Arusha, Tanzania.

Crew members will use the latest high-definition equipment to record the trip, which includes meetings and dinners with business and political leaders from around the world, visits to local villages and safari adventures.

“This particular project gives us the opportunity to capture some pretty outstanding footage using new, state-of-the-art technology,” MotionMasters President Diana Sole said.

Besides meeting with leaders and dignitaries, MotionMasters’ team will travel to “Africa’s Garden of Eden,” the Ngorongoro Crater. Other planned stops during the May 29-June 7 trip include the Serengeti National Park, historic areas of Ethiopia and an oceanside community in Zanzibar.

MotionMasters’ new HD digital cameras, portable editing system and other equipment will allow crew members to film footage in a higher quality and edit it immediately onsite for presentations throughout the summit, which is organized by the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation.

“They’ll use it to promote their activities and to promote economic development and business connections between the United States and Africa,” MotionMasters videographer and editor Doug Morris said.

Sole and Morris will attend the summit along with MotionMasters’ executive producer, Brian Peterson, and producer, Lukas deGruyl.

The 2008 summit –The Summit of a Lifetime – has scheduled workshops on investment, infrastructure, tourism, education and environmental sustainability. Past participants have included summit co-chairman and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

The Rev. Leon H. Sullivan started the summits in 1991 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Sullivan – a Charleston, W.Va., native and Baptist minister known for his efforts to reform apartheid in South Africa – died in 2001. Among his honored legacies are the Sullivan Principles, a human rights and equal opportunity code of conduct aimed at ending race discrimination in the workplace.

This is the fourth time the foundation has selected MotionMasters to cover the summit. MotionMasters also produced a documentary about Sullivan called, “A Principled Man: Rev. Leon H. Sullivan,” and a Web site, The documentary aired nationwide on PBS.

MotionMasters, West Virginia’s premiere film, video and multimedia production company, has produced several other documentaries, including “A Moving Monument: The West Virginia State Capitol,” “The Soul of the Senate: Robert C. Byrd” and “John Marshall – Citizen, Statesman, Jurist.”

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