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Filmmaking is family business for this father and son
Chris Wood.  :  Dec/03/2017 04:55:PM
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Watching movies isn’t just something Chris Wood and his son, Caleb, do for entertainment.  It’s about learning more about the art of storytelling.
Chris said, “Actually we''re one of the few that actually sit through the entire credits.  And we''ll sit there and we''ll say, ‘How would we do it differently?’”
It’s that passion that led both of them to enroll in Regent University’s film school.  For Chris, it wasn’t his first time at Regent.  He put his dream of working in theatre on hold to become a lawyer.      
Chris explained, “My undergraduate was in theater.  My parents felt that I probably needed to have some other form of income, so they encouraged me to study law.”
When it came to picking a law school, Chris chose Regent.
“I was accepted at four of the five major schools in the country, but Regent called to me because of what it stood for and because of the Christian background,” said Chris.  “And there was just a difference.  There was just an air, a feeling, maybe it was the Holy Spirit, floating in the air around and in and amongst the faculty that were here.”
While practicing law, Chris stayed active in local theater, often taking Caleb with him.  In time, they worked together on a number of stage productions.
Caleb said, “Being able to be a part of that shared experience between actor, performer, director to the audience, and the audience just comes in like a clean slate, and they leave with this full experience that''s just been created for them.  That was just really, really cool!”
It was no surprise that Caleb decided to pursue a career in film.  According to his friend, neither was his decision to attend Regent.
Caleb explained, “I said, ‘Well, how did you know?’  She''s like, ‘Just the way you talked about Regent, the way you like connected with the professors when you came to visit, the way your heart reached out to this program and the principles behind it, like being able to be a Christian leader to change the world and to be able to do it in a seemingly dark industry.’ She''s like, ‘I knew you were going here before you did.’"
Chris said, “And we encouraged him to do that, because we knew that the principles taught, the ones that I learned in law school, were probably going to be the same principles, just from a different perspective, if it''s in theater or film.  And that''s when I decided, ‘Wait a second, if we''re going to keep this team together, I need to sharpen my skills also.’”
So, following in his son’s footsteps, Chris enrolled as a part-time student in Regent’s on-line master’s program in film production.  With Caleb as director and Chris as producer, they worked on several film projects together, despite being hundreds of miles apart.
Caleb explained, “I realized it was kind of a unique experience as well, because somebody''d be like, ‘Oh, who''s your producer?’  It''s like, ‘Oh, it''s my dad.’  ‘Right!  Okay, it''s your father.’  I''m like, ‘No, no, he''s actually a producer.  He''s actually in the Master''s Program here.’  ‘Oh, where is he?’  ‘Oh, he''s in Tennessee.’  ‘He''s not even on location?’  ‘No, but he''s doing twice as much as your producer!’”
Caleb’s senior year, Chris came to campus to work on Caleb’s thesis film.  
Chris smiled as he said, “We have our disagreements every once in a while, artistic differences, but we make a pretty good team.”
Caleb graduated this past May with his Bachelor’s in film directing, and Chris isn’t far behind. They’re excited to get to work on their production company, Lone Tree Films, and other projects to fulfill God’s bigger purpose.
Chris said, “I feel that Regent really has equipped me, and will equip anybody that''s out there, to do the task that needs to be done.”
Caleb said, “You''re like learning, ‘Okay, these are ways that I can incorporate redemptive storytelling, like Christian aspects into film-making, without like forcing scripture on someone.’  But take like a Scriptural foundation and say, ‘All right, how can our characters in our stories reflect this, and how can we reach like an unreached people?’"
Chris added, “I feel with confidence, God has placed these desires in our hearts to work together and tell stories for Christ.”



 
 
 
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