Project Proposal

Proposal Guide

Title: Mwanga:The story of Dr. Laura Stachel

Collaborators: Tony Paulley, Stefani Gelardi, Megan Williams

Overview: This documentary is about the journey Dr. Laura Stachel took to Africa to discover the reason behind maternal mortality, where she designed a life saving device that will hopefully promote change.

Intended Audience: We are hoping our documentary will spark the interest of all age groups. Also, our documentary is intended for people who are interested in changing the world for the better. Our documentary is for people who are just interested in helping people, making change, and inspiring others.

Objective of film: We are hoping that the audience takes with them inspiration that they could make a difference. Hopefully, they will admire and feel for Dr. Laura Stachel herself and her journey. Our story is of passion and drive, and in the end we hope the audience take this with them.

Soundtrack: We would like to present some traditional African music in our short documentary to help the audience feel apart of the film. Also, we will use some instrumental music to bring the piece and narrative together. We will take music from our own archive along with music found on royalty free music websites.

Treatment: The films begins, the sun is going down, but a image of a baby crying fades on screen then fades back into the sunset. Finally the sun completely disappears and you see one last image of the baby before the screen goes black. The viewer can read the subtitles that state how the hospital has lost power right after the birth of the baby. An informative voiceover is heard presenting the current problems in Africa. The main problem we will be focusing on throughout the film will be maternal mortality. The lack of electricity in African hospitals has lead to the unnecessary deaths of many mothers. Photo after photo, the audience is shown varies conditions found in Africa. Using photos from our own personal archives and other reliable sources and images, we will use fades and other affects to make it flow well. We want the photos to be impactful, making the audience feel the desperation and lack of resources Africans experience on a daily basis. Here Dr. Laura Stachel is introduced. The images will fade into an interview of Dr. Laura Stachel sitting in a chair. She will speak about her medical background and own personal story. The audience will feel connected with Dr. Laura Stachel and feel for her passion and motive to make a change. She will transition to telling the audience about the electricity found in the United States compared to that of Africa. Here we will inform the audience of the current electricity issues found in Africa using a narration and maybe some diagrams in After Effects to give the viewer a visual aid. We want to make it clear that there is a problem and that something needs to be done to solve it. We will start with the United States and our electricity usage compared to our population. Using footage, photos, and maybe our own diagrams we will present it in a way that is intriguing and convincing. Then we will begin to talk about Africa and their electricity problems that they face everyday. Similarly to how we presented the United States, we will present life in Africa. We want the audience to truly feel the hopeless felt by people in Africa. We will show how lucky we are in the United States with what we have readily available compared to them. We will talk about the hospitals and their lack of proper power and equipment. We will then transition back into Dr. Laura’s story as she researched and created the solar suitcase that would eventually help save many lives in African hospitals. Being able to have electricity within the hospitals has given doctors the proper lights and equipment they need to safely deliver a baby. Step by step we will show the process of its creation and Dr. Laura’s involvement in it by using our own footage and photos. We will have footage from the factory where the solar suitcase is made as well as an interview with the owner of the factory. His voiceover and that of Dr.Laura Stachel will give the viewer a step by step description of the making of the suitcase. Ending the film we really want the audience to think what next? What will the future hold? We want the viewer to feel hope as the Solar Suitcase can ultimately end up saving hundreds of African lives. How can we help and make it known to more people and inspire our audience? Images will pop up on the screen of the many different countries that are now using the solar suitcase. The last images the viewer will see will be that of a cheerful Dr.Laura Stachel dancing along with the people native to the area.


Dr. Laura Stachel will be presented on screen using bright colors that illustrate hope. By the end of the documentary we will feel hopeful for women in Africa and in the world. By using uplifting music, sounds of children laughing, and people rejoicing, we will be able to get our message across to the audience. Our style will be informative but personal. We are hoping to bring light on a subject that is not known enough. Using our own personal touches with time-lapse video, animation, and voice over, it will have a very one on one feel. We want to connect with the viewer and give them an emotional experience.

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