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.