Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Many Thanks!

John and I are really grateful to everyone helping to make "Whiteman College Admissions Video" a success. Within a week, we've had thousands of views and have been featured on the front pages of many popular video sites. If only youtube would get on the bandwagon ;) Thanks to all!

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Surprise, Surprise!

A new comedy short from Ramsey Bros. Pictures! We have embedded from funnyordie.com and youtube.com for you to view at the site of your preference.

If you like the film, please favorite it, comment on it, share it with friends (especially if they are in, or have been to, college), and rate it favorably. If you watch it on funnyordie.com, please vote "funny." You don't have to register to vote on their site.

Also, if you watched our "early release" yesterday on youtube.com, we would love for you to watch it (or at least play it) again and repost your comments. Unfortunately, we lost them in replacement.

Feel free to watch our first film, "How the South Was Lost."

Monday, October 22, 2007

Congratulations Wil and Paige!

Last week, my brother Wil proposed to the love of his life, Paige Ryan, in Madrid Spain. She said "yes!"

Thursday, October 18, 2007

MacSeth Doth Come


Break a leg, Seth!

Confessions

I started reading Confessions by St. Augustine. I figured I should read the most famous work by the man my son was named after. This passage put tears in my eyes:

Need it concern me if some people cannot understand this? Let them ask what it means, and be glad to ask: but they may content themselves with the question alone. For it is better for them to find You [God] and leave the question unanswered than to find the answer without finding You.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Screening and Macseth

Well, I got back from the Austin Film Festival yesterday evening. Our screening seemed to go really well. I had never seen it with a real audience before. People seemed to laugh at all the places we intended them to. Also, we met a lot more people after our movie showed, than we did before it showed. That's usually a good sign.

I just got back from "MacSeth" rehearsals -My brother, Seth, is starring in his school's production of "the Scottish play," and I'm helping mainly with the fight scenes, which is NOT my strength. Their show opens Thursday and closes Sunday.

Monday, October 15, 2007

From The Austinist:

"'How The South Was Lost' features the writing and directing talents of Austin based brothers John and Richard Ramsey. A rag-tag group of shoddy Civil War sharp-shooters gathers to begin their assault on the Yankee states, but hasn't yet figured out whether they are fighting for freedom or slavery, or if they even know the difference. We think it would be way fun if the audience joined the Lieutenant in reciting his mantra 'We're gonna fight....And we're gonna win!' Winner of Funniest Filmmaker in Austin, this one is two hoots and a knee slap."

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Austin Oddities

My brother is appearing in a film that is being filmed (yes, filmed -not shown) here at the Austin Film Festival. He plays a comedic writer doing a panel for a seminar. The funny thing is that they just shot one of his scenes using the crowded room that I am currently sitting in. So, we were are all inadvertent extras as we sit here waiting for the beginning of the next seminar: A Conversation with Oliver Stone.

He's supposed to show up and talk about his films. This should be interesting to say the least.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Distribution

I just attended a seminar on film distribution in its traditional and alternative forms. There were a few brief minutes where the panelists' comments were encouraging, but they were mostly discouraging.

They said that 92% of films will not make their money back.

The moderator then pointed out that most financiers will not want to invest unless the filmmaker has lined up distribution.

Then the panel's distributor pointed out that distributors will not be remotely interested unless the filmmaker has a celebrity attached to appear in the film.

Then the entertainment lawyer added that most celebrities' agents will not even present low-budget films to their actors because the agents will only make 10-15% of what their actor/client gets paid to make said low budget film.

Anyway, they did mention some alternative distribution methods that I am going to be kicking around in my head for the next week or so.

Dialogue

Before lunch we attended a seminar on writing dialogue. It featured Terry Rossio (all three Pirates of the Caribean films), Nicholas Kazan (Reversal of Fortune, At Close Range, Fallen), and Alin Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada). They all seemed to agree that writing dialogue was a teachable craft.

A reoccurring theme was that if dialogue is boring, it is probaby because the action of a scene is boring -no one can say anything interesting if nothing interesting is happening.

Adaptation

I just finished a seminar called "Adapting Material for the Big Screen." The discussion panel featured screenwriters Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada), Audrey Wells (Under the Tuscan Sun), and Bill Wittliff (Lonesome Dove, Legends of the Fall). The seminar was rather sobering as all the writers shared different experiences of the frustrations and dissappointments that have, over the years, taught them to be more pragmatic.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Half Empty

I just asked John if this festival makes him feel that his aspirations are more out of reach or less out of reach. He emphatically answered "more."

Then he said he'd have to see how he felt this time tomorrow.

Opening Night Film

Well, John and I attended a screening of Chicago 10. The film turned out to be a pseudo-documentary canonizing Abbey Hoffman and the "Yippies." The film featured combinations of rotoscoped cartoon reactments of their "Incitement to Riot" Trial and stock footage of their famous protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. While watching, I just couldn't help but suspect that I was being deliberately deprived of...objectivity.

I found out I was right when "Yippie" co-founder (and Chicago 10 co-writer!) Paul Krassner did a Q&A after the film. He admitted to testifying in the trial while on acid to "enhance the experience." In fact, the initial idea for the protest was concieved on an acid trip. However, he said the financiers did not want to add that into the film.

Well...yeah. Depiction of recreational psychedelic drug use in a courtroom is typically not an element of hagiography.

Opening Night

I'm off to see some films. I'm not entirely sure which ones. Will be back later...but probably not with reviews.

Pitch Summary

The Pitch Seminar was good. Towards the end they stressed the benefits of producing and financing a film independently. That was encouraging given my situation.

Up to date

John just commented on how my blog is up to date. He is correct.

Arrival and The Art of the Pitch

John and I have met up at The Austin Film Festival, and are now sitting in a seminar led by Curtis Burch and Alex Smith called "The Art of the Pitch."

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Austin City Limits

Well, tomorrow morning I head out for the Austin Film Festival, where "How The South Was Lost" will be screening. I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity. I will do my best to post updates.

The Queen

"The king was in the garden
Picking flowers for a friend who came to play
The queen was in the playroom
Painting pictures for the children's holiday."

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Augustin

"Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation."
-St. Augustine

Rainy Day

Friday, October 5, 2007

AFF & SAICFF

Next week, my brother, John, and I will be attending the 14th Annual Austin Film Festival, where "How the South Was Lost" will also be screening.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

More Applicable Song Lyrics

Stand

Stand and walk

Tragedy

Is cheap and so is talk

Decision

Yours to make what will you do

In the end

It comes back to you

Cause it's a long... way to fall



Thunder

Don't scare me at all

Lightning

Well just a little

Pressure

It ain't worth a dime

And your wounds

They'll all heal in time



Cause it's a long... way to fall



The answers are getting harder

The answers are getting harder

The answers are getting harder

(If an answer comes to those who pray)

The answers are getting harder

(If an answer comes to those who pray)

The answers are getting harder

(If an answer comes to those who pray)



The answers are getting harder and harder

And there ain't no way to bargain or to barter

But if you've got the angst or the ardor

You might faint from the fight but you're gonna find it

For every challenge could have paradise behind it

And if you accept what you have lost and you stand tall

You might just get it back and you can get it all

So now you know why it's a long way to fall

Yeah cause it's a long way to fall


Cause it's a long... way to fall


- "Stand"
by Blues Traveler
Four
1994