Leon Shipp Belt is an award winning video editor and motion graphics artist. Growing up in Baltimore, Leon was destined for the visual arts. Whether Belt was drawing, painting, or learning to develop his own film in a makeshift dark room at home, he has always been creative.

 Belt took his passion to Howard University where he studied television and film. After graduating, he moved to New York City to work at MTV before pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts at Rhode Island School of Design. Driven by his desire to craft images and tell stories, he freelanced for HGTV.com as a photographer, and worked as a video producer helping astronauts, artists, and humanitarians develop their messages; before working at ESPN as post-production video editor.

Why would you need a poet to make things more complex? Two whinos can make things more complex. -Gil Scott Heron

What Does Black History Month Mean To You This Year?

Being a creative person can often mean translating personal pain into art in order to illuminate issues and affect change in society. But whether it be Jazz, hip-hop, or spoken-word: our art is consumed like junk food, but never really digested. How many platinum rap albums articulated the inequities and police brutality broadcast from smartphones last year? Were people just waiting for the chorus, or didn't they hear that there were real problems that hope couldn't change?
My outlook this year is that we look at Black history month as more than just a sugar high, and that we sustain a conversation about Black lives that celebrates our accomplishments.

Where Are You Finding Inspiration To Design This Year?

Working in television, finding inspiration is easy these days. There is so much great work out there and so many platforms to access it. I'm visiting sites like motionographer and art of the title a lot to see what's going on in the industry. Recently, I've been inspired by Mr. Robot, Ava DuVernay's documentary the 13th, and by countless videos on Vimeo.

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