“Captured Melody” was definitely a labor of love for me. This was my MFA thesis film from Chapman University, which officially premiered on February 21st, 2013. Getting this film made from start to finish was the hardest project I have ever done in my life. I’m happy to announce that we got 3D distribution for the film through Yabazam! This video is the trailer of the film that they cut for their site. The day I saw it I cried tears of joy. It’s nice to see someone take your work and create something new that really brought out the best parts in the film.
The story was very personal to me even though it is a fairy tale. A little bit of me is in each of the characters as well as some people from my past. Overall, I wanted audiences (young girls especially) to look up to Beth as a hero and understand that it’s better to respect yourself and make better choices in relationships at an early age. It’s almost the anti-fairy tale in a way because the prince in the story is really not a prince charming at all. I wanted girls to realize that prince charming may not be who he seems to be.
It’s better to take the time to get to know someone first rather than falling in love too quickly. Another big theme in the film for me was the fairy trapped in the music box. It represents feeling trapped in a relationship either through circumstances that are out of your control or by your own choice to stay. This theme resonates a lot with me because I’ve seen many friends and family in those situations, including myself. I think it’s media’s duty to entertain, engage, and educate our children to lead better lives by making better decisions.
I even created a T-Shirt line for the film called Glow Wings.
You can also find more information on the official site at CaputredMelody.com