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  • Blog 10

    Design Phase 1. Roy W. Dean Film Grants • Catapult gives early support to projects that they feel have a unique perspective when told with film. They provide development funding, up to $20,000, to documentary filmmakers who have a strong story to tell, secured access, and are ready to create a fundraising piece to help […]

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  • Blog 9

    1. Value Proposition The problem being addressed by the Acumen Fund is one of providing growth investments to small companies in low income countries with the goal being to confront issues of poverty and need through meaningful investment. This is valuable because it provides actual, tangible resources and promotes the growth of infrastructure which is […]

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  • Blog 8

    1. Polarize people. Kawasaki says not to be afraid of polarizing people and limiting our audience because then we can narrow down our focus on a particular target audience. Instead of trying to make a general and broad documentary on the issue of maternal mortality, we will want to make it specific and focus on […]

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  • Blog 7

    Ten non-obvious assumptions about our stakeholders that we need to validate. 1. young girls do not know anything about pregnancy and giving birth. because they are kept out of the decision-making processes, they are uninformed and do not know. 2. the value of children contributes largely to how women identify themselves, which is also linked to the lack of education women receive. […]

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  • Blog 6

    After the first presentation, we have a lot to think about. I particularly found the Q&A portion helpful in providing some insight on what we should do next. We need to consider more specifically the production and financial logistics and be able to answer questions about it. For this first presentation, we had only done […]

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  • Blog 5

    My design process differs based on the project I’m working on. I’ve been an artist my whole life and find it interesting to compare my processes when working on a painting vs a graphic design piece, for example. When doing film work, I like to start with the final goal first. What do I want […]

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  • Week 4

    Give three examples of how you can use nature as a model / mentor / measure for your own designs (and life). 1. Becoming a better listener: When forming relationships with those around me, it is important to know how to listen. This is also true for my work as a documentarian. From nature, we […]

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  • Week 3

    I am part of the Safe Motherhood Documentary project, and the first stakeholder that comes to mind is the mothers themselves. The women in Sierra Leone are the subjects of the story, and ethically, we must be very aware of their privacy. It is important to respect the lives and experiences of those being filmed. […]

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  • GSIF Week 1

    During a meeting last fall, Professor Kramp brought the Safe Motherhood project to my attention. GSIF immediately sparked my interest due to its collaborative and creative nature. The very next day, another one of my professors reached out to me recommending the project. I have to attribute some of the motivation for enrolling in this […]