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!

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