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MotionMasters, a nationally recognized producer of educational media based in Charleston, has won a Telly award for its educational piece entitled, “Deadly Driving Distractions: Texting, Cell Phones and Other Killers.”
The 20-minute documentary style video, now in national distribution for use in classrooms across the country, features informal discussion groups with area teens who speak candidly about what they, and their friends, do while behind the wheel—other than driving. Texting, eating, drinking, talking on the phone, playing music and horsing around with friends make the list of distractions that nearly all the teens admitted to engaging in while driving.
The video also features interviews with local aeronautical paramedics who recount in ghastly detail the destruction wreaked by distracted driving. A hospital chaplain from a large local medical center gives an account of having to tell parents that distracted driving has claimed the lives of their children. Neurologists, emergency room surgeons and the country’s leading authority on “inattention blindness” and distracted driving, Dr. David Strayer of the University of Utah, also were interviewed for the MotionMasters project. The video concludes with a wrenching interview with the parents of a young Marine who died behind the wheel because he was texting. Flash cuts, fast-paced music, motion graphics and alarming national statistics on the deadly toll of distracted driving were incorporated into the video to keep it from being “preachy” or off-putting to its target audience of teen drivers.
“We knew that teens wouldn’t listen to an adult tell them why they shouldn’t engage in distracted driving, so we let the stories flow naturally—from teens to other teens—and it worked beautifully,” said MotionMasters CEO Diana Sole Walko, who also served as executive producer for the film.
The 2011 Telly Awards competition is the 32nd annual recognition of outstanding local, regional, national and international video and film productions; TV commercials and programs, and Web commercials, videos and films. Each year more than 10,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries vie for what is perhaps the industry’s most prestigious and coveted award. A judging panel of more than 500 industry professionals, each a previous winner of a Telly, call the shots on the winning titles. Last year’s winners included video productions from big names such as TV Guide Network, Harpo Studios, CBS Television Distribution and The Weather Channel, among others.
“We’re pleased to win another Telly to add to our collection, but we’re really gratified to know that the work we’re doing is being viewed by teens across the country—and that it promotes better driving habits,” said Walko.
See a clip of “Deadly Driving Distractions” at www.MotionMasters.com.
The Alzheimer’s Association, West Virginia Chapter will host its 11th annual Thanks for the Memories Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, May 20 at the Charleston Town Center Marriott (for ticket information, see below). Proceeds from the luncheon support free programs offered by the chapter for families facing Alzheimer’s disease here in West Virginia, plus six counties in eastern Ohio. At the luncheon, the Rockefeller Award for outstanding service to the cause of Alzheimer’s disease will be presented to Gaylene Miller and Terri Tilley. The award is named in honor of its first recipient, Senator John D. Rockefeller.
Alzheimer’s disease is a fatal brain disease, the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Slowly, painstakingly, inevitably it steals a person’s memories, judgment and independence. It robs spouses of companions and children of parents and grandparents. Currently, there is no way to prevent, cure or even slow the progression of this disease. All 5.4 million Americans (including more than 48,000 West Virginians) with Alzheimer’s disease will die with the disease or from it. These numbers will increase dramatically as Baby Boomers age. In addition to the emotional loss, a substantial financial toll is paid by families affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
The Alzheimer’s Association, West Virginia Chapter provides information, support, and services funded by events such as the luncheon and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Over the past 12 months, the chapter has conducted 100 free community workshops, answered 2,378 Helpline calls, and distributed 22,374 pieces of educational materials, among other services. It is the only voluntary health organization in West Virginia solely dedicated to providing education and support service to individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, to their families and caregivers. All efforts are dedicated to achieving the vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.
Tickets to the Thanks for the Memories Luncheon are $75 and can be purchased by calling 1.800.272.3900 or by visiting www.alz.org/wv.
The Charleston Area Alliance is pleased to share the following information from Terramite. Several years ago, the Alliance financially assisted Terramite with prototyping for a new product. Terramite with be showcasing some of its newest equipment May 12.
Silling Associates has been honored with the Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture for the Haddad Riverfront Park and the Schoenbaum Stage project in downtown Charleston, along with the Merit Award for Achievement in Sustainable Architecture for a private residence located in Huntington.
Haddad Riverfront Park was built by the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1993 as a 36,000-square-foot concrete amphitheater on the banks of the Kanawha River. It is a regional gathering place for people to celebrate holidays and city festivals, listen to music and enjoy watching the river traffic.
In 2008, the City of Charleston organized a committee to investigate ways of making the park more user friendly and visually appealing, connecting city to park and park to river.
With a Small Business Association grant of $2,400,000 and a private donation of $250,000, the design team was hired by the City of Charleston to address five separate projects: a shade structure (canopy) for the center section of seating, a permanent performance stage, a pavilion, streetscape and boat docks.
The primary design objectives of the canopy were to create a unique and iconic structure celebrating Charleston’s “front porch”, to provide shade for people and amphitheater surface keeping the concrete cool, and the canopy was required to allow unobstructed views of the sky for viewing fireworks during city festivals and holidays. A tensile fabric and steel structure was designed for its ability for long spans with a single large fabric panel to retract toward and away from the stage.
When retracted the mobile panel rests below a street side fabric panel structure. The 2,400-square-foot mobile panel is 80 feet wide and rides along two steel arches which span 90 feet from sidewalk level to the river level bulkhead. The fixed structure rises 50 feet above sidewalk level and is 90 feet wide. The fabric is PTFE, a Teflon-coated fiberglass material which is very durable and virtually self-cleaning.
The design objectives of the performance stage were to provide an intimate connection between audience and performers both on land and in the water, to honor the long history of this place as a river port going back to the mid-nineteenth century, to be easily maintained after occasional floods, and accommodate the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. The stage is constructed on a 1,200 square foot concrete base with a paddle-wheeled theme using the steel and tensile fabric structure materials used at the Canopy, for visual continuity, economy and easy maintenance.
A terrace will be the access point to the future dock system, which is expected to be constructed in the summer of 2011.
After hiking the property for four years, the clients and architect began planning the home using the best sustainable practices and technologies available with the goal of being completely off-the-grid within five years.
The house follows the natural topography of the sites’ north/south ridgeline and is nestled into the slope providing a low-profile, one-story east side for shady afternoons on the screen porch, while the west side is two-storied for tree-house views from the main interior space across the gulley. The interiors are animated with natural air and light encouraged by two light shafts on either end of the internal circulation for stack effect ventilation. The house is designed in a contemporary Arts and Crafts style reflecting the client’s appreciation for natural materials, handcrafted workmanship and simple, yet elegant, detailing.
Contact Terry Hill at (304) 344-8033 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.