After owning and managing her own business with her husband for 10 years, Laura Tapp joined Living Word Studios to manage and produce feature projects. She believes storytelling is a vehicle to help disciple people in a fresh and uncompromising way. Her goal is to include as many people as possible in the process to produce a quality film. Training the crew in all aspects—from set etiquette and technical skills to post production and development— she strives to incorporate professionals and volunteers to create a quality crew for each project.
Get to know Laura
Laura Tapp manages and produces feature projects for Living Word Studios, an extension of Living Word Family Church in Wake Forest, NC. How did the church start making feature-length films? A few years ago, a complicated building project prevented the church from having a Christmas production, “So we accidentally made a movie,” she says. With the new found confidence that it could be done, the set out to make more films. With several projects in the works at any given time, the church has developed a volunteer training process to help the productions go smoothly.
Church: Living Word Family Church
Submitted by: Miach Caronna
Church Size: 501-1,000
Location: Wake Forest, NC
Promo for new bible study presented by the Christian Education Department for the Young Adult age group. A disconnected father and an overbearing mother are at odds with their teenage kids and with each other. In a selfish attempt to change the other, they pray for help only to find themselves trapped in the other’s body. Now the kids are king of the jungle running their parent’s restaurant, while the parents are thrown back into the wilderness of high school. They have to learn to cooperate and love each other if they’re going to make it out alive.
Film Gear Used:
Panasonic LUMIX GH5 Digital
Various prime photo lenses
Behind The Scenes:
For director/producer Micah Caronna the idea behind “The Big Fix” began with very real ministry frustration. “I was a youth pastor for eight years, and I used to hear couples in the process of getting divorced saying things like ‘kids are resilient.’ So I wanted to ask what would happen if the kids decided to get divorced from their parents,” shares Caronna. “Of course, they would tell the kids that ‘you guys need to grow up and need to learn how to get along.’ So we wanted to make something that would explore that larger theme,” he says. One of the unique aspects of the project was the dual nature of the actors’ roles. “We have four lead roles who each have to play two different characters,” continues Caronna. “We actually had to cast the roles for the opposite part they were going to play. Keeping everybody straight onset was definitely a challenge.” Another challenge was creating an entire feature film utilizing mostly volunteer cast and crew. Caronna and assistant producer Laura Tapp have spent the past few years developing a deep bench of artists and technicians to make this possible. Scenes were filmed primarily on weekends in order to maximize the availability of as many people as possible that were interested in helping out. The primary goal of the movie trailer itself was to maximize interest in seeing the movie, with an ultimate goal of creating a movie-going experience that could prompt viewers to reevaluate how they view and value their own family relationships.