The Author and Artist Hour, February 8, 2022
The Author and Artist Hour with Kez Wickham St George and Toni Lontis
Guest, Sally Newman, storyteller, Mum, daughter, friend, lover, and a creator producer of Award-winning plays
Recently Sally was described as a professional storyteller, which she loved, because ever since she can remember Sally has written stories and poetry. Writing has been her ‘place' to escape. Over the years Sally has been fortunate to extend her craft into being a wedding celebrant, journaling teacher, accredited play writer and emerging filmmaker. Sally lives with multiple sclerosis and makes the most out of the good days.
Yes, Sally is a storyteller, but I am also a Mum, a daughter, a friend, a lover, and a creator. Her favorite gift ever is the gift of time, and Sally is blessed to share her time and her stories with others.
Sally’s professional portfolio includes award-winning plays, Fringe World Festival Seasons 2016 -2021 International Film Festival finalist, Best Producer Award, and recognition for creating productions with all-inclusiveness across, ability, gender, sexual and cultural diversity.
The Cry of Morrow
Kez. How did you and we meet?
Toni. What was the challenge for you when Kez agreed on making the movie from the prologue? The Prologue to Scribe
Kez. How do authors change a novel into a movie?
Toni. How far does a short movie go, where is the Song of morrow headed and when will it be shown publicly?
Kez. Is it only short movies you make or are their intentions for longer movies to be made?
Kez. What are some subject topics that people are interested in?
Toni. What are the prizes a movie can win, and can an author add that to their portfolio?
Kez. What are the basics to apply to have a short movie made?
Toni. Are there grants available for this sort of work, hard enough to get an author’s grant?
Kez. What’s next for you Sally?
Toni. How do people connect with you Sally?
Process of Page to Screen
1. Adapt story to a screenplay
2. Decide on Filming location
3. Casting and Crew selection
4. Audition Day
5. Costuming Design and SFX makeup
6. Lots of lunch and tea meetings with the author
7. Filming Day
8. Post-production scene editing
9. Music Composition
10. Dialogue Recording
11. Poster Design
13. Film Launch
14. Film Festival submissions
The screenplay development had many points to consider:
- keep the imagery of the novel
- determine dialogue versus narrative voice over
- can sound effects describe visuals of the story
Kez is ever the storyteller and a popular speaker at many local events; However mentoring others to tell their stories has become a large part of Kez’s life, running creative writing workshops for those that have a story to tell.
Encouraging and mentoring others to follow their passion for writing has resulted in four of her writing protégés becoming published authors. Kez also invites published authors in fiction to contact her, as she enjoys introducing their work to Facebook and Instagram by video.