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Last month Boulton learned that one of hermockumentary projects had received a grant from Screen NSW to allow further development. Classy n production company Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder (Bondi Rescue, Gruen Planet, Go Back To Where You Came From) is on board with the concept, based on Boulton original idea.
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Kelly BoultonGrow project, a puppet-driven children’s show about life on a compost heap, she revisited the mockumentary idea.

“He said ‘that is too good for Tropfest –make it a show. He came over with a grocery bag full of mockumentaries. He said ‘watch these, go away and write a show.’ That was three years ago. Finally, I wrote it and took it to SPA [Screen Producers ’sannual conference where writers pitch ideas to networks and production companies].’’

Because of her advertising agency background, Boulton has producedscripts, storyboards anddirector’s treatments for others. It was just another step to start doing them on her own work.

“I’ve got about 20 of them,” she says of her scripts and concepts. “I’ve got a bunch of kids’ one that are floatingaround at the moment.’’

What if one of them catches hold?“I would be happy if that happened. I am realist. I don’t know, I’m not banking on it, put it that way.’’

What if more than one goes into production?“Whatever it takes, I’ll do it. I’ll do the one I want and get a writer for the other. I’m not a seasoned writer. I’ve got a lot to learn.

“I don’t want to do everything, sometimes you just have to. I’m hoping the next thing I work on I just have one role.”

Among the many ideas she is working on is a music video featuring an international women’s rollerskating star who is coming to Newcastle next year.

She also has big plans for the 2016 Newcastle animation festival, which is supported bythe University of Newcastle.

She’s keen to support the University of Newcastle and encourageyoung talent in creative fields.

Our interview takes place ahead of aspeaking engagement where she was to talk about career paths for graduatesat an event sponsored byBehance, an online platform for showcasing creative talent to the marketplace.

She was almost reluctant to tell them how she works, and how she has succeeded.“It has been extremely risky,” she says of her own approach. “I don’t know if I can encourage people to do it.”

Boulton is an independent as they come.

“I have this very strange approach to my work, which scares some people,” she says. “But I’m not afraid. I don’t do a job and then panic about what the next one’s going to be, because I know something will happen.”

But when you’re holding so many aces –the ability to write, produce and direct –your chances of winning must be higher.

Talking about the profitability of B is for Baby, done on a tight budget to a high standard, Boulton does not flinch about her commitment.

“This one was not lucrative. But it is very lucrative in terms of being able to send it out and get a commercial job straight up. That’s what I’m always about. This one has to be better than the last one.”

Left: A still photo from the B is for Baby Sesame Street segment filmed at Sawtooth Studios in Newcastle.

Top: Pizza Face, the educational how-to-make-a-healthy pizza segment was Boulton’s first Sesame Street project.

Above: A still from the Going on 16 Daniel Johns music video produced for the Newcastle International Animation Festival.

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