Sarah De Jong
Sarah De Jong
Sarah de Jong was born in Christchurch, New Zealand and moved to Australia in 1961. She trained at the Melbourne State College studying music and drama, then at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music with Brian Howard and Barry Conyngham. In 1986 de Jong participated in the Australia/New Zealand Professional Choreographers and Composers Dance Course. Since 1978 she has played an important role in Australia, crossing artistic boundaries while creating music for theatre, dance, radio and film. She has worked in many musical forms and takes great pleasure in exploring disjointed dancing rhythms and unexpected harmonies beneath lovely melodies. Her music is particularly noted for its ability to intensify the emotions created in texts and in performances, and she finds collaborating with artists in different fields very rewarding. Kurt Weill’s music and his ability to survive while writing music for theatre has been a major influence on her. de Jong enjoys composing for strings, saxophone, clarinet, piano, percussion and voice in various combinations, as well as for instruments such as koto, theorbo, glass harmonica and dan bau
Philip Howe lives and works in Australia and has more than 30 years’ proven experience in the cinema and television industries as a producer, director and editor of drama and documentary. He is an animator for cartoon and live action feature films, and also a special visual effects designer, director and implementator. Howe studied Botany and Zoology at school and obtained a BSc in Pure Botany from London University. This led to drawing plants for animation with NIPP, Harlesden. Howe learnt cartoon, diagram and composite optical imagery animation as well as front and rear projection, and blue screen matting techniques – techniques which have found an outlet in many films. Howe has adapted many studio animation processes to live action shooting, thereby achieving visual effects away from the laboratory or video production house. He has since edited, directed, written and produced in England, France, Germany, New Zealand and Australia on just about every subject possible for both cinema and television, using nearly every medium.