For Melina Doan Bryce her passion is found in writing. She has no shortage of things on which is working. She seems to have so many irons in the fire, on top of which she is mother to a young, aspiring actress whose professional career is just taking off. This actress is Kayden Bryce.
I had a chance to casually chat with Melinda, and she really dished on all the things in which she is involved.
Okay. You said that you had some appointments this afternoon. Film related stuff?
Okay, now that’s a regular meat market. Are you going yourself, or are you going to be represented?
We are in negotiations with someone to represent it.
Filmed in Portland, Michigan, it’s beautifully shot.
Portland is a small community west of Lansing. I cannot say much about Portland as I have ever ventured very far into it. Who is your cinematographer on that one?
The cinematographer was Matthew Gelzer. UPM was Andy Westra. Sound was Matt Sisco.
Kayden got into film 2 1/2 years ago when Tessa Hawkes pulled her off the stage at a theater group where her daughter Yassie also attended, and asked if she’d like to get into film. I’ve had the pleasure of being on about 40 film sets with Kayden.
Wow, a mother and daughter team.
Ha! Sort of. She has only acted in two films that I’ve written. I NEVER EVER suggest that we are a package deal.
No, I cannot imagine how that would be received by a director.
I’m actually really excited about a film I currently have in script phase. This one will actually star Kayden as the lead. This film is called “My Sister’s Mom.” I’m in conversation with Tessa Hawks (Black Maria Entertainment) about production.
But this film “My Sister’s Mom,” is the first feature that I’m writing from my own concept, as the sole writer, from start to finish. It’s loosely based on my family. Kayden’s best friend’s mom passed away when she was twelve, and we took her into our family. Megan is 16 now, and also my daughter.