Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Some Forever Not For Better

Kristina and I finally took the time last night to buckle down and sift through receipts from "The Oath." While tediously traversing memory lane I came across this cover letter that accompanied our film's submission to the 2006 SAICFF.
To the Staff of the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival:

The making of The Oath of Desormeau has been by far, by far, the most difficult thing I have ever done. Actors and staff members who consistently worked on the project over a long period of time will say the same. If this film is a victory, it was a brutal victory that came at great cost for those who fought for it. Ultimately, the film and its creators have finished like Julien Desormeau: pale, exhausted, sweaty, and blood-stained...but you should see the other guy.

My wife, Kristina, and I were originally commissioned by Sagemont Church in Houston, Texas to write this script for a youth event emphasizing Biblical guidelines for courtship, marriage, and intimacy. In keeping with their requests, and our convictions, we wrote The Oath of Desormeau as an allegory about purity, providence, and sanctification.

Prinicipal photography for "The Oath" was shot in July 2005 at Le Petite Chateau deluxe, a vast French Chateau in Mermentau, Louisiana. The owner, Philip Desormeaux, began building it with his father forty years ago and was generous enough to let us shoot there. The location was the first in a long list of things that God miraculously provided. Mr. Desormeaux's generosity inspired us to give our film's hero the original French surname "Desormeau" which later became part of the film's title. Our yearlong post-production process commenced shortly after returning to Houston.

Finally, I would like to add a couple of notes. A substantial number of anachronistic elements such as light switches, air-ducts, and electrical outlets, were successfully removed from the film using "Shake." In watching the newly burned, enclosed DVDS I have detected a couple of these elements that were missed...When I return to the film in a few days, after a much needed hiatus, I do intend to remove these elements and continue tweaking the sound-mix. Other than those minor revisions, this version of the film is the final product. I sincerely hope you enjoy it.

Sincerely,
Richard Ramsey

Happiness and heartbreak would continue to accompany "The Oath." I'm very glad we made the film. I maintain growing faith that its story isn't over.

And a final note: Next week will be the 5th San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival. Good luck and congratulations to those semi-finalists competing for the $101,000 grand prize!

Mama ba Lama

For those of you who care more about my children than my opinions, you can check out Kristina's blog. She did a very thorough job of documenting our Christmas. She also recently went to Galveston and documented some of Ike's aftermath.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Shepherd's Journey to Nepal


City on a Hill Productions Intern, Shepherd Ahlers (pictured right, and sounds like "Dollars" with no "D") and two of his friends will be spending the next two weeks in Nepal doing a a documentary and mission work. I kindly ask that you keep them in your prayers. Specifically, pray that they will be safe, well received, and able to capture a compelling story. You can follow their trip here. To visit their official site click here.

Home, Where My Thought's Escaping

Kristina, the kids, and I are back in Houston for Christmas. Yesterday, we made it from Bowling Green, KY to Lafayette, LA. We did the rest of the trip today. It's good to be home, but the combination of changed and unchanged is weird. I think Kristina plans to catch up on her blogging. Stay tuned.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Merry Christmas From City on a Hill

L to R: Kevin Bryan, Cassie Pelan, Me, Shane Sooter, Tony Young, Molly Tatum, John McGrath, Kristy Rundle, Cibby Danyla, Amanda Brainard. Bios here.

Merry Christmas from City on a Hill Productions!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Time for a Change

As you have to have figured out in order to be reading this, I've changed my blog address to richieramsey.blogspot.com. Thought it would be easier to remember and spell.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Peek-a-Boo


Once again, my daughter came in and hung out at the office. This time, we made a movie (1 min) from scratch. I guess it's called "Peek-a-boo," and involves state of the art visual effects. She also, through a series of decisions, came up with the hue for the film.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Green Envy

Click here to see the cause. I think our winters got switched. Yesterday, in Louisville, it was 60 degrees and raining, which is what I call a "Houston Blizzard."

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Red Ramsey?

"you have to approve this comment, right? for someone who hates communism you sure do love censorship." -Click here for context.
To prove to my brother, Wil "McCarthy" Ramsey, that I am not a Communist, I've decided to only moderate comments for posts older than 14 days. And that is so I know they were made and can enjoy reading them. If I don't enjoy reading them...(moves index finger in slashing motion across throat).

Have at it!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Bring Your Daughter To Work Day


Not that it was the official holiday, but, this past Friday, my daughter got to come hang out with me in the office for a while. Kevin Bryan showed her some cool visual effects that he's doing for CHP's upcoming DVD series, The Easter Experience, and I showed her some editing basics. She was able to help me re-edit two clips from Ramsey Bros. Pictures "The Interrogator" and "How the South Was Lost." She even implemented some color correction and visual effects that, I think, really bring out the nuances in the story.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Tired Of It

Separation of Church and State has, for some reason, come to mean that when Christian worldview or morality comes into conflict with Secular worldview or morality, the former should yield by default and because of inherent inferiority. The ironic thing is that such a mentality is the exact opposite of actual Separation of Church and State because it shows blatant favoritism to the theological worldview of secularism and reduces religious believers to second-class status.

This interpretation of Separation of Church and State says to the person of faith that, "because your convictions are based in a religious worldview, you should have no political say in, or effect on, how the culture, in which you must live, work, and raise a family, will function." It is intellectual and philosophical tyranny. And it is wrong.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

YouTube Expands

So, YouTube has converted to larger, widescreen images. Alas, you still can't replace your own older videos with newer, high quality ones. (shakes fist) Oh, YouTube! WHY DO YOU MOCK ME??

Actually, YouTube has been very good to me.

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Tale of...WHAT?


I'm hoping this film will become popular enough to teach people how to pronounce our film's title as well. Despereaux and Desormeau (Dez-or-moe)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Robert McKee on "The Death of Hollywood"

Here's an article about famed screenwriter and movie-guru, Robert McKee, talking about "The Death of Hollywood."

He says some interesting things [of course] about the importance of research, and how it can write the story for you.

Mascot!


Mascot for Whiteman College. Click on the photo to view a larger image, which you can use as your desktop wallpaper.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Interrogator from Vimeo


The Interrogator from Ramsey Bros. Pictures on Vimeo.

Be sure to take today's poll located in the righthand sidebar. You can vote for more than one. Don't worry, it's not a commitment, just an anonymous expression of interest. :)

If you're having a hard time deciding, then watch or rewatch our films on our YouTube or Vimeo channels.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Final Days of Fall

My parents visited us here in Louisville, and we went to the park. Here's the pictures that my lovely wife, Kristina, took:














Thursday, November 13, 2008

Perhaps "Triple" ..."Quadruple" ..."Quintuple Negative"


Double Negative from Richard Ramsey on Vimeo.

Since many people tend to get the joke after repeated viewings, and since I love vimeo, and since I don't have much new to report, I thought I'd post the vimeo version of our latest film. Hope you enjoy it...again...or for the first time.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Ramsey Bros. Pictures on Vimeo.com

The comedy shorts of Ramsey Bros. Pictures are now available on vimeo.com. Check out high quality versions of our films at our vimeo channel.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

"How Shall We Then Vote?"

Thanks to my brother, Wil, for the heads up. Musician Derek Webb has written a great, thought-provoking article for Patrol Magazine on Christians voting. Click here to read "How Shall We Then Vote?"



Derek Webb sings "Savior on Capitol Hill." Click here to read the lyrics.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Tinseltown Tennessee

How the South Was LostRamsey Bros. Pictures is also pleased to announce that "How the South Was Lost (Anniversary Edition)" and "Whiteman College Admissions Video" will screen at the Secret City Film Festival in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Whiteman CollegeIn other news, we are nearing a final cut of "Double Negative," and will soon be sending off for scoring. The wait is almost over. As previously stated, the picture's gonna be swell!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

1 Corinthians 13:1-2

“We’re just not quite sure a feminist governor from Alaska with a year’s experience in governance (not to mention her 17-year-old daughter pregnant out of wedlock doing her part to contribute to the further demise of the family), working for John McCain will do any more than GWB did to salvage the economy, halt the growth of government, repair the family, and quiet the Sodomites beating down our doors. Call it a breach in confidence. Oh well. At least her daughter wasn’t a lesbian.”
-Pastor Kevin Swanson
Click for full guote.

While I know some Christians take Christ’s command to turn the other cheek as a call to be so humble, compassionate, and loving that people are drawn to our Savior, I’m starting to wonder if some Christians take it as a command to be so haughty that people want to punch us in the face. . .twice.

Truth. Equality. Simplicity. Peace.
Richard Ramsey

Decision 2008

Can't decide who to vote for in November?

Flip a coin.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Pretentious Politics

The pretensions of civil authority are inconsistent with the nature of the gospel and contrary to its precepts. Those matters are altogether extrinsic to ruling and governing of political states. Christ expressly signified that his kingdom was not on this world. If the propagation of the gospel had any inseparable relationship to worldly kingdoms, Christ did not say so. His example furnishes abundant evidence of how we are to act in such matters. He showed us that the gospel is propagated by persuasion and by the power of God. It will not be spread by the use of whips, imprisonment, banishment, and murder.
-Robert Barclay
Apology for the True Christian Divinity, 1673

Friday, September 5, 2008

As If It Even Matters. HA!

Click here to read Psalm 2

Donald Rumsfeld with Saddam Hussein in 1983.

"God in heaven does indeed laugh to scorn the furious raging of the people (Psalm 2:1). He laughs at our political passions and our military and revolutionary storms. All this, serious enterprises included, has precisely the dimension and value of a noise. In truth the dramas of the nations belong to this level, so that no one can finally glory in what results. We need to be convinced in all our political actions (and they are far from being futile) that we too have no reason to be triumphant."

-Jacques Ellul
The Politics of God and The Politics of Man


"Of every earthly plan that be known to man, He is unconcerned,
He's got plans of His own to set up His throne
When He returns."
-Bob Dylan
"When He Returns" 1979

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Congratulations to hdcw2000bc!

...for authoring my all-time favorite YouTube comment for How the South Was Lost! Below is a transcript to get the full context:

818gregd:
Can you not say what you want without vulgarity? In the first place, the men's uniforrms have yellow on the sleeves and collars. Therefore, they are cavalry. Infantry uses blue, and artillery uses red. Any other asinine questions from a person who has no clue?

NaomiLynnS:
you guys, its supposed to be funny so hey, it could be a hidden joke that they are a part of the cavalry with no horses. Don't know if that would be funny... but cut the guys some slack!

818gregd:
Cut them slack? For what? Not knowing the difference between artillery, infantry, and cavalry insignias on the uniforms? No these are a bunch of half a@$ white trash who are trying to be funny, but can't seem their uniforms right. No, these idiots are dumb hillbillies who know nothing about the war. If they wanted to go home as the "joke" suggests, they would've had horses nearby. These are nothing more than tasteless amateurs who think that over 650,000 deaths is funny.

hdcw2000bc:
I think someone shot you in your sense of humour and it had to be removed in a primitive medical facility.

Richard Ramsey: ROTFLMHAO!

Also be sure to check out How the South Was Lost - Anniversary Edition.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Thanks YouTube Commentors!

Well, it just goes to show that you really are never too old to learn. Thanks to YouTube commentators, I have been given many valuable insights into our nation's complex history.

It seems that the Civil War was not fought over slavery after all. It was fought over high tariffs and disproportionate representation in the federal government. See, now that I know that, the war no longer seems so ridiculous. It now totally makes sense that men would try to kill and maim fellow members of their country, creed, and, in some cases, family over unfavorable economic policies. Had I known that's what they were doing, I would never have dreamed of making jokes about them.

Not only did I learn about our nation's past, but its future as well. Apparently, the South is due to "rise again" at a time that, though unspecified, is rapidly approaching. When that happens, some white YouTube commentators will reinstate the very slavery that the Civil War was absolutely NOT fought over.

Phew! Good thing I moved to Kentucky. Because I've also recently learned that Kentucky (the state where I was born and have a centuries long ancestral lineage) was neutral, which apparently means that it's impossible that even one person from here would have had opinions about the war and accordingly joined the Confederate or Northern side.

But perhaps the most valuable things I learned were about myself. Having only spent maybe a combined total of 3 and 1/2 months of my 31 year life outside of Southern States, I would have never suspected that I was a "Yankee" -much less a "liberal,""democrat," whose "probably from New York City." After reading such observant comments, I'm wondering if I should become all of those things.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

FRONT PAGE!

How the South Was Lost - Anniversary Edition is featured on the front page of YouTube!

My brother woke up to find that we had gotten around 40,000 views overnight. He wondered what was going on and quickly found out.

Those of you who are sensitive to foul language may want to avoid reading the comments section. Much to our surprise, the film seems to generate a lot of animosity, and people don't always express that well. :? It's so odd that people take it so seriously.

In any case, I thought readers would want to know that we're featured. We're very excited about it!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Flashback: 2006 SAICFF



The San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival has started their own Youtube channel. One of the videos features us accepting the Award for Best of Festival in 2006 for our film, "The Oath of Desormeau." The film will soon be available for download/ipod at behemoth.com

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Latest on Move and "South"

Well, we're pretty much moved in with the exception of nick-knacky stuffy. Some of you may have noticed that the Anniversary Edition of "How the South Was Lost" was featured on the Youtube Comedy page. This earned us 25,000 hits and subjected us to over 130 comments. Ah, perhaps "subjected" sounds ungrateful. Most of the comments were very complimentary and encouraging. Others...well...apparently, it is the most controversial film I've ever done. Oh, and it has also been brought to my attention that the film has some historical inaccuracies. Here is one of my favorite comments:
How amusing. There are some problems though. Why is a tiny cavalry unit going into battle without their horses? Even dismounted cavalry had their horses close by. Most artillery rounds were explosive and had fuses. Rarely were cannon balls fired. Most likely int was grape shot or some sort of variation for maximum range. Grape shot exploded sending metal all through the line. Hopefully, you clowns are not reenactors.
No, 818gregd, we're not reenactors. We have lives.

If you want, you may peruse the other comments, but be warned. Some are less...articulate and polite.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Ramsey Bros. Pictures One Year Anniversary!

How the South Was LostTo commemorate the one year anniversary of the "history making" short that started it all, we've uploaded a high quality version featuring previously unseen extended segments. Santry Rush's rendition of "I Wish I Were In Dixie" is also featured.

Click the photo or here to view.

If you [still] like the film, please favorite it, comment on it, share it with friends [preferably by providing a link to the video's actual page :) ], and rate it favorably.

Oh, and stay tuned. Double Negative, our 6th comedy short, is coming soon!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Countdown to Departure

Somewhere
Between the lost and the found
We're all hanging empty
Empty and upside down
But I'm hanging on
Though the fall may tempt me
And I believe in the dawn
Though I tremble in the night

Somewhere
Amidst these ins and these outs
There's a fine line of purpose
I follow even now
Through the haze of despair
That confuses and hurts us
I look to see that You're there
And I run toward Your light

Somewhere
Beyond these reasons and feelings
Somewhere
Beyond the passion and fatigue
I know You're there
And that Your Spirit is leading me
Somewhere
Beyond all this
-Rich Mullins

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Finally

While preparing films and clips for tonight's (Sunday) screening, I finally figured out how to make the large trailer on "The Oath of Desormeau" site actually fit the picture frame.

It only took two and a half years. Awesome. Check it out. If you're a friend in the Houston area, come to the screening/presentation tonight.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

George Fox May Have Solved the Homosexual Marriage Issue:

Let God decide who is married.
The right joining in marriage is the work of the Lord only, and not the priest's or magistrate's [the government]; for it is God's ordinance and not man's...we marry none; it is the Lord's work, and we are but witnesses.
-George Fox, 1669

And He answered and said, "Have you not read that He who created {them} from the beginning made them male and female, and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave from his mother and father and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate."
-Jesus
Matthew 19:4- 6

Friday, August 1, 2008

Marathon

After 22.5 hours of packing, Kristina and I are out of our house. We have a garage sale tomorrow morning. We have our screening event this Sunday, then we're off to Louisville on August 12th.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Packing

Kristina and I have been packing all day in preparation for our move to Kentucky. We had a bunch of stuff hauled over to my mother-in-law's house for a garage sale. We're literally trying to get rid of about 50% of our stuff.

It is so therapeutic to shed possessions. I shredded a bunch of documents from "The Oath of Desormeau," though I have to keep anything that pertains to proof of budget. Tomorrow, I'm donating many of the film's costumes and props to Friendswood High School's Drama Department. I'm keeping the "Washington's Cross" stuff because there's a lot less of it.

And Oath stuff makes me sad.