Unit 6: Commission

The Treatment The Animation starts with an African village filed with straw huts. In the centre of the village there is a stone fireplace which has just been put out for the night and still emits smoke. The time of the day is the evening when the sun is about to set, the time when the African savannah looks its best and brings out its natural beauty. The dominant colours are earth colours like brown and gold which bring out the sand and the dry terrain. The bright sun light creates elongated dark shadows and makes the tree silhouettes in the horizon stand out in front of the red/orange sky. The camera zooms in the inside of the furthest hut. Illuminated by a source light coming from an opening of the hut’s roof, lays a thick book on a wooden log. Its cover is made out of dry leaves, bamboo and handmade paper from banana fibres. The book opens slowly and reveals a whole African world made out of paper. As a pop up book, it unfolds into a small village with paper figures of natives moving like marionettes. They are all doing their everyday activities like preparing food, cleaning up and taking care of their children. The camera zooms into a mother figure sitting on a bench who sings a lullaby to her baby. The page then turns and unfolds into the same mother again but in a bigger size. This time, the page is filled with tiny paper mosquitoes which are attached with string and hover around the mother’s baby. The book turns page again and this time shows a monstrous mosquito (magnified) which flies onto the baby’s shoulder and stings it. The mosquito is obviously infected with the parasite and passes it on to whoever it stings. The paper model of the baby’s skin shows the worm-looking plasmodium parasites moving from the mosquito’s proboscis

into the baby’s bloodstream. The page turns and this time showing the inside of the baby’s body. The parasites move to the baby’s liver where they feed themselves on and reproduce. Millions of parasites are being emitted to the body and return to the bloodstream where they invade the red blood cells, multiply from them and destroy them. The blood cells are moving mechanically into the blood stream which is shown like a tunnel merging into the book itself. The cycle continues as the mosquitoes move to the rest of the natives spreading the disease of ‘malaria’. The page turns again showing the baby sick with a high temperature and the mother feeling desperate for her child’s state. The colours of this page are now dull representing the situation. But there is a solution to the problem: A precaution that could have been taken before the baby got infected and that would have kept it healthy. The book turns back to the first page where the mother was trying to get her baby to sleep. An extra page attached to the previous one opens out with a paper figure of a doctor holding a vaccine. The page turns again to where the mosquito stung the baby, but unfolds upwards showing the same image without the insect this time. The doctor injects the baby and inserts a small portion of the parasite into its body. The lymphocytes then immediately produce antibodies which unleash themselves from the lymphocyte’s tips and attack the parasites by attaching themselves to their tips. The antibodies’ tips (paratopes) attach with precision onto the parasites’ tips (epitopes) like a lock and key. After the ‘enemy’ has been recognised by the antibodies the phagocyte cells are called in and devour the parasites, protecting the baby from the threatening foreign body. The baby now, packed with antibodies that already recognise the malaria parasite will be ready to tackle it the next time it enters the body. So returning to the sting part page, the mosquito does infect the baby but this time the already

existing antibodies which were produced from the injection deal with the parasites directly and keep the baby safe. So now returning to the last page, the gloomy atmosphere now gets packed with light and colour, which symbolise the rebirth of hope for the baby. The book closes.

THE END

The Step Outline The sun is about to set in an African village revealing the beauty of the savannah. Inside a hut lays a chunky book made of raw materials and opens wide as a pop up book. It depicts a village again, mad out of paper and point out a mother on a bench singing a lullaby to her baby. But this touching scene is not as innocent as it looks. The baby is in threat, being stung by an infected mosquito with malaria. The parasite moves to the liver where I multiplies and then again into the bloodstream where it destroys red blood cells, leaving the child very sick. But still, this terrible incident could have been avoided with the help of injections, which carry a small part of the parasite and introduce the body to them beforehand, which leads to the production of antibodies. The already produced antibodies are now ready to fight the enemy the next time it invades the body. Being stung again the parasites are attacked by the ‘acknowledged’ antibodies as they attach on them like keys

and call the macrophage cells for ingestion. The baby is now safe ready to continue its life.

Premise Precaution is the best protection.

The Logline Malaria can be tackled, with the help of vaccines and give an ending to this terrible disease.

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