Yet another installment for Wednesday’s Woman! Today I am excited to bring you Sally Meyer. I found Sally last fall when trolling on the internet researching autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Some of her beautiful poems were online. I was really touched by them and found her on Facebook. She was gracious enough to accept a friend request from some unknown woman halfway across the country. Here is Sally in her own words…
I was really thrilled to hear from Jenny, to be considered to be a Wednesday Woman.
My name is Sally Meyer, and I live in Salt Lake City, Utah. I emigrated to Utah from England in 1974 and have lived here ever since. I love this beautiful country, but a piece of my heart will always be in England.
I have eight children, and soon to be eight grandchildren. My husband, Chipper is the light of my life. Now that the children are growing up and moving on to their own families, I look forward to spending many years together.
Maybe we can take a trip back to the old country? Hope so!
Growing up was not easy, my mother was a single parent, we didn’t have much, but what we had, we appreciated. At the age of fifteen I graduated Secondary Modern school and went into the work force to help with the family budget. I didn’t have the opportunity to go to college, so it’s a real joy to see my children going to college.
I’ve always loved literature and writing, many days were spent reading the Bronte Sisters or Charles Dickens, as I grew up. We didn’t have a television, so books were my great escape. I used to sneak off into a corner and lose myself on the Yorkshire Moors, or on the streets of London.
I enjoyed going to the local picture house to watch films. I loved the feeling of being there, being a part of a place in time that I had not seen or experienced. When my sister and I were able to, we loved going to the Saturday matinee and sitting wide eyed, as we watched the big screen and ate penny candy that we’d sneaked into the theatre. What great memories!
When my daughter Caitlin decided to pursue acting at the age of six, I had no idea that one day I would write and produce screenplays. I simply enjoyed being on set with her, watching her perform. Then when the films were complete, sitting in a theatre, watching her on screen. It was amazing.
As she became more and more involved with the film industry, we’d travel to L.A. during pilot season and summers, so she could audition and work on projects there. It was an exciting time for both of us.
But, as she got into her teenage years, the auditions she was called in on, became more and more edgy, and involved situations and language that neither of us were comfortable with. So we mutually agreed to stop the summer trips to LA and concentrate on staying in Utah.
It was then, that I decided to try and write screenplays for her, scripts where she could do what she loved, without compromising her standards.
My first attempts were pretty awful, I’ll admit. It was a real learning curve for me. I checked out every book I could find in the library, about how to write screenplays. I read many, many scripts and felt I was ready! I managed to hack out a full length feature, which I thought was absolutely brilliant.
I sent it to a filmmaker friend, and he kindly pointed out all the holes in it. Where was the hook? The inciting incident? Who was the protagonist? The antagonist? Huh? What was he talking about?
I went back to the drawing board, I studied structure, story, plot lines, character development and rolled up my sleeves and went to work. I found it fascinating (still do) to create a whole world, with your own characters, their problems, their joys, their fears. I discovered that even though I first started doing this for Caitlin, I loved writing just for the sheer joy of it. I got a rush out of typing Fade In and even better Fade Out!
I stayed up late at night, writing, creating, and it opened up a whole new world for me.
I wrote a few short scripts, and started to enter contests. My first short, One Lucky Boy, was chosen as a winner in the LDS Film Festival. The prize was that your script was made into a film. I was ecstatic! I had so much fun on set, watching my characters come to life. Then watching the movie play on the big screen was a real thrill.
Since then, I’ve written many short scripts, a couple of them have won awards. I also have written ten plus full length feature scripts. Three of them have been produced.
I love to write family friendly stories, that the whole family can enjoy together.
I recently wrote and produced a family film ‘You’re So Cupid’. The story is about fraternal twin girls who spend their lives playing matchmaker to all their friends. When they fall in love with the same guy, they become bitter enemies. What they don’t know yet, is that their Dad is really Cupid (yes the guy in diapers that runs around shooting arrows at everyone) and they themselves have magic powers, that caused the man of their dreams to fall in love with them. Complications happen, when their newly separated parents, decide to make it official and get a divorce. The girls put their love struck lives on hold, as they work to bring their parents back together.