Our backgrounds are diverse: TV news, ad agency and corporate communications, to name a few. Our specialties are distinctive yet often overlapping: writing, designing, producing, directing, shooting and more.
We share a commitment to creating a good quality of life for ourselves and others. Three-day shoots, community service, volunteerism or weekend softball: we’re serious about getting the job done and we’re serious about recharging our batteries, too. Sometimes we can do both. Client lunches, shoots and meetings filled with food, fresh air and laughter—all vital components of creativity and camaraderie.
That’s our story; now meet the people who will make your story come to life.
Diana Sole Walko | CEO
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As president and owner of MotionMasters, Diana is hands-on in every aspect of her company’s business. She has led film crews into remote villages in Africa—five times. She visited India with a Marshall University contingent and logged hours toward her M.B.A.
In addition to running the company, she writes scripts, directs live action, casts talent, produces video, edits copy, advises on public relations and serves as project manager, executive producer or creative director for much of the work we do.
Her leadership has earned her accolades such as the State Journal’s Who’s Who in West Virginia Business award and the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Junior Achievement presented her with a Laureate award and selected her for membership in its Business Hall of Fame.
Her business acumen was lauded in the 2005 book, Jumpstart Your Awesome Film Production Company; and political candidates, corporations and non-profit organizations repeatedly seek her strategic communications consulting.
But perhaps most important of all, she builds and keeps relationships with clients, many of whom have been with MotionMasters from the beginning. Founded on Groundhog Day (Feb. 2) in 1987, the company has been serving the digital media market for more than 25 years.
Diana is a veteran of the communications industry, serving as the CEO of MotionMasters since 1988, and prior to that as its vice president and executive producer. With more than 30 years in the communications industry, she has led innumerable public relations, advertising, marketing and political campaigns designed to educate, motivate and persuade. Under her direction, the company has evolved from a film and video firm serving West Virginia clients to an award-winning producer of educational media and documentaries that are distributed nationally.
In addition to leading MotionMasters, Diana is very active in the community. She is the immediate past president of the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam, a group she has been actively involved with since 1990. In addition to her board responsibilities, she led the turnaround for the organization’s retail operation as director of the ReStore Advisory team.
She also serves on the Charleston Area Alliance Board of Directors and was a key player in that organization’s formation in 2004. A Rotarian since 1990, she is a member of the Charleston Rotary Club’s Board of Directors, and chaired the group’s Community Service committee. She also serves on the Board of Directors of ALEF, the Appalachian Leadership and Education Foundation, to provide college scholarships to young men and women from Appalachia. She was a co-founder and co-chair of the Charleston Area Medical Center Foundation’s Children’s Fund Gala and is a member of Elizabeth Memorial United Methodist. Diana was the co-coordinator of Celebration Station, Charleston’s community playground built entirely by volunteer labor.
In 2015, she was elected chairwoman of The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce, the largest regional Chamber of Commerce in West Virginia. The organization represents more than 600 businesses and their 40,000 employees.
A native of Weirton, W. Va., she holds two degrees from Marshall University — a B.A. in Journalism; and an M.B.A., the latter of which she completed in 2004.
Diane Dimoff | Senior Producer
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Name something in the video production business and Diane can do it: on-camera, voice-over, research, scriptwriting, producing, interviewing a subject or supervising an edit—she does it all at MotionMasters and she does it extremely well. Many will remember Diane as a television news journalist at WSAZ. She’s still an investigative reporter of sorts, especially when she’s searching the dusty archives of the state capitol for rare photos.
As producer for the MotionMasters documentary, “A Moving Monument: The West Virginia State Capitol,” she tracked down all the elements needed for the video to explain the story of West Virginia’s six statehouses. She also played a key role in fundraising for the video by writing grant proposals and coordinating underwriting requests to nearly 140 prospective donors. Her expertise in television commercials and long format productions includes historical topics, health care, academics and athletics. Quiet, resourceful and industrious, she’s a real dynamo when it comes to staying on schedule and in budget.
Wesley Poole | Videographer & Editor
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Wesley is a traveler. But not in the traditional sense. Wes does most of his scenic sightseeing through the lens of a video camera. When he experiences the beauty of his home state of West Virginia or when he marvels at the lush green landscapes of Africa, it’s to capture it in video for others to experience also. “MotionMasters takes people places,” he says. “I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to go to so many places and meet so many interesting people if I hadn’t been shooting for our clients.”
Wesley is an experienced videographer who puts his visual sensitivity to good use in telling stories. He’s also finely attuned to the aural sense of storytelling and often serves in a dual capacity on shoots: audio and video. Medical, coal industry, safety training—Wes has done it all—and sometimes doing it all entails hanging out of the door of a helicopter while shooting with a 25-pound video camera! Quiet, hard-working and creative, Wes says that, “…being a team player is as important as mastering my craft.” He demonstrates that he’s mastered both on a daily basis.
Richard Granberry | Project Manager & Producer
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Traveling the world as a video professional is only a part of Rich’s 30 years of experience, which began at a small market TV station in Texas. Rich started his career as a studio camera operator, but worked his way up the production ladder to the position of production manager. “Television was fun and challenging, but I wanted to find a way to travel and shoot video,” Rich said. His desire to travel led him to Royal Caribbean where he produced video content on the cruise ships as he sailed the world; visiting more than 18 countries and 40 ports of call.
Rich previously served as production manger and senior editor for Unity Media Group in Boise, Idaho. He was a key player in producing patient education videos concerning a variety of subjects including, Bariatric Surgery, Heart and Vascular and Pediatric Oncology. Rich said, “During our first surgery shoot my goal was simple; don’t pass out! I can happily and proudly say I achieved my goal.”
Tobias Rafiki Walko | Greeter
Be prepared to be met with exuberance when you walk in our front door! His friends call him “Toby” — and you can too. Everyone’s a friend to our greeter and resident Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. He’s a popular member of our team: the mailman even stops to give him treats on days when there’s no mail to deliver! Toby considers it his job to sit in on client meetings — most of the time in a lap — so, yeah, he’s got it made, and so do we! His middle name is the Swahili word for friend — a nod to the half dozen or so shoots MotionMasters has done in Africa. Come by and say “Jumbo!” (hello) anytime.