Thursday, December 31, 2009

Christian Holiday Contest Winners recently had a 24-hour film contest, and I had the privilege of being one of the judges. Above is a playlist featuring this year's entries. The first eight are the ranked winners (starting with 1st place). All videos are one minute or less.

If you are a Christian and interested in filmmaking, I heartily recommend joining It's a great place to meet like minded Christian artists.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

IPhone Test

So, Kristina and I ordered refurbished iPhones yesterday and received them today. Refurbished is the way to go. It's much less expensive, and I can't tell it isn't new. Anyway, I got a blog app and wanted to try it out.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Monday, December 21, 2009

Digg It!

Our' latest comedy short has been posted on the front page of Digg. Please help it say there by "Digging" it.

The Effects of Color...Effects

Ramsey Bros. Pictures' latest short, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to Murder," required quite a bit of color grading. The interiors were filmed in John's one car garage. Black cloth and poster board were hung to cover the portions of the garage wall that were visible to the camera. We figured we could get away with that since the characters were supposed to be in the middle of nowhere. The scene was lit with shop lights (mounted on a neighboring SUV) and various other non-pro lights. Since they cast a yellow hue, color correction was required. Oh, and we used a laptop to simulate the speedometer lights.

This last shot was particularly tricky. In the original shot, the hitchhiker, played by Andy Ritchie, rode shotgun, while John's wife, Anna, drove. (John was doing a stand-up show that night and wouldn't join us until later.) In addition to color correcting the shot, I decided to crop and shrink our standard two shot of John and Andy and "paste" it over the windshield and have it track with the moving van. To see the film, click here.

Monday, December 14, 2009

NOT A FAN BTS Webisode 04

NOT A FAN bts webisode 04 from City on a Hill Productions.

Travel back in time with City on a Hill Productions. 2nd Asst. Director Stephanie Whonsetler talks about recreating 1979 and the spiritual significance of visiting the main character's troubled past.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

City on a Hill Productions - Join Us Online This Sunday

Meet City on a Hill Productions from CHP.

Have a Facebook account? Want to learn more about what's going on at City on a Hill Productions?

Then click over to our Facebook "ClickCast" Live this Sunday Dec 13, 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Artistic Director SHANE SOOTER and guest host KYLE IDLEMAN share the worldwide impact of City on a Hill through projects including “H20" and "The Easter Experience.”

Join us to hear about our latest production and discover how you can also be a part of this ministry. Click here for details and to RSVP.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

December 8th, 1980

Here's the Time Magazine article written in the immediate aftermath of John Lennon's murder. Here's an excerpt from Steve Turner's The Gospel According to the Beatles as featured in Christianity Today. According to the latter, Lennon came very close to embracing Christianity in the final years of his life, but ultimately turned away. Matthew 19:16-30

Monday, December 7, 2009

Toy Story Reenactment

Here's a video of my kids reenacting a favorite scene from one of their favorite films.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Piling On

My hometown, Houston, TX, received its earliest snowfall on record. This is the second year in a row that it has snowed in Houston. In the thirty years I lived there, it never snowed two years in a row. Click here to read about it.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

What About The Emporer's Other Outfits?

"Did you believe science was a disinterested pursuit of the truth? Well, you were wrong."
-David Berlinski
The Devil's Delusion

The Wall Street Journal's Daniel Henninger discusses how the Climategate scandal could cause the general public to doubt the objectivity of other controversial scientific claims. I think that's a good thing. For the full article, click here.

"'Global Warming,' Sir? I'm sorry that's just a bunch of scientist talk -same people who'd have you believe that my great-grandfather was a monkey. If he was a monkey, then why was he killed by a monkey?"
-30 Rock's Kenneth Parcell
Episode: "Sun Tea"
Air date: 11/19/2009

On a related note, here is a fantastic article by Salvo Magazine claiming that, contrary to stereotype, it is often the secular left (rather than Christians) who are against objective science.

♪"Many Years From Now"♪

My brother, Wil, posted this video on my facebook. I think it's hilarious and has a great premise. In fact, I think this is similar to what passes as "scholarship" on a lot of television specials about Biblical history.

Be sure to check out yesterday's post for more "not a fan" behind the scenes.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

NOT A FAN BTS Webisode 03

"NOT A FAN" BTS Webisode 03 from City on a Hill Productions.

In this week’s hilarious webisode, electrician Matt Ware shines a light on the grip and electric department. Soak up the knowledge. These are pearls of wisdom, people!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Christian Leaders Take Ecemunical Stand for Life, Liberty, and Marriage

Chuck Colson and various Anglican, Catholic, Evangelical, and Orthodox leaders have drafted and signed "The Manhattan Declaration," a document pledging protection of the sanctity of life, the institution of marriage, and religious freedom-even if it means civil disobedience.

To find out more, click here.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

dude on the set of "not a fan."

The 5th episode of "not a fan" requires one of the characters to have a two year-old son. My two year-old son nailed the aud-ish. Actually, there was no audition. They just kind of cast him.

Anyway, here's a brief snippet of his behind the scenes antics. My personal favorite: flying like Buzz Lightyear.

Note: The audio, for some reason, is out of sync. Perhaps it will improve as the video undergoes more processing. If not, it really doesn't matter as no one speaks on camera after the first ten seconds anyway.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

20th Anniversary of Berlin Wall's Collapse

It was twenty years ago today that the Berlin Wall was brought down. Christmas Day will mark the 20th Anniversary of Romania's revolt against Communist tyranny.

Communist Kitsch Comeback

Here's an interesting article about Eastern Europe's nostalgia for "the bad old days." And, here's a video about Mao's resurgence of popularity in China.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

not a fan - Real Stories, Real Followers: Diane Durham

NOT A FAN - Diane Durham from City on a Hill Productions.

As part of City on Hill Productions' upcoming NOT A FAN/ behind the scenes series, we feature the true stories and ministries of those who have committed to following Jesus Christ.

Diane Durham is the founder of Backpack Mission Ministries, a non-profit that feeds hungry children in the Appalachia Mountains. To learn more:

To catch the first behind the scenes webisode, click here. The next installment is coming soon.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

not a fan - Director's Journal 4

"What could be easier than a day of filming Kyle talking in his car? Actually, almost ANYTHING would be easier! Check out the process involved for filming seemingly simple driving shots."

For the latest updates, check out the City on a Hill Productions blog.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

not a fan - beetlemania

"not a fan" beetle ride from City on a Hill Productions.

This video gives a brief glimpse of how CHP recreates the magic of a Volkswagon Beetle ride circa 1979. The Oath of Desormeau's David Attebury rides shotgun.

Funny, I believe my parents had a beetle in 1979-complete with a baby me in the car seat.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

not a fan - week 4

Shane has a new director's journal up at the CHP Blog. I have been lovingly banished from the set pending the Ramsey family's recovery from the stomach virus of '09...oh wait...I guess I need to be more specific...the stomach virus of October ' opposed to the stomach virus of January/February '09...but I angrily digress. I'll return to the set next week and should be able to pick up on the behind the scenes videos then.

Double Negative Isn't Not Online

Double Negative from Ramsey Bros. Pictures.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Double Negative Tonight @ AFF!

Double Negative will be screening tonight at Independent 501 at 10pm as part of the Austin Film Festival. It will show again at 10:30pm on Monday at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Not A Fan - Days 7 thru 11

Wasn't on the set much last week. I'm arranging the script content for the next City on a Hill Productions series. Also, I shot a music video two days last week. Anyway, here's another director's journal by Shane Sooter.

Today, we're scheduled to shoot a party scene that takes place in 1979.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

not a fan - Rewrites

I'm not on set today because I'm implementing requested rewrites. Here's an excerpt from the script and a couple of photos of the written scene being filmed...

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

not a fan - bts webisode 01

NOT A FAN - bts webisode 01 from City on a Hill Productions.

This week’s behind the scenes webisode focuses on the process of taking Kyle Idleman’s "not a fan" sermon series and adapting it to the screen.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Not A Fan - Red Footage 1

NF-Fight in the Shelter from City on a Hill.
"Hey everyone - Kevin (our DP and primary editor) did an edit of one of the scenes we filmed last week, a scene in which Eric has a very passionate argument with his father, Bill. This is the same scene that we posted a iPhone video from Gabe (our AD), so you can see how it all came together! One important note: in our process, we're recording sound separately, so its just music video style. If you like the tune, go buy Brandon Heath's GIVE ME YOUR EYES!"
- from CHP's Vimeo site.

Also, this clip features my lovely wife, Kristina.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Say "Uncle!"

My Nephew (Wil & Paige's son), Søren Ramsey - Born: October 6th, 2009; 1:55am. 8 lbs. 05 oz.

Not A Fan - Day 2

I've worked out a system with the "Behind the Scenes" videographer to start snagging some stills. In the meantime, here's some from director Shane Sooter's twitter.

The weather was terrible and dreary. Though I must say it did work for one scene. But, another scene got canceled. In any case, the things we did get to film turned out really nice. The actors have been really terrific.

And, in other exciting, cast-related news. David Attebury (Julien in The Oath of Desormeau) joined the cast today. He'll be playing the younger version of the series' main character, Eric. I'm really excited to work with him again.

Tonight, I have to do some small rewrites for some of tomorrow's scenes.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Not A Fan - Day 1

Just finished our first day of shooting. We filmed a pivotal scene tonight, and the actors nailed it, which makes me really excited to see the rest. I'll try to have some pictures up tomorrow.

Monday, September 21, 2009

CHP September Newsletter

Click here to read the entire letter. There's information about our upcoming annual fall event, and an incredible story about how crewmen of the U.S.S. John C. Stennis are been impacted by our H2O series.

not a fan scripts

Finished script revisions on the final "not a fan" episodes last night at 5am. Other accomplishments of the week: perfect score on "I've Gotta Feeling" on Beatles Rock Band (Difficulty level: medium; time to move up). I have some notes to implement, but that shouldn't be too difficult. I hope the final voter approves.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Double Down

We've temporarily taken down "Double Negative." We will bring the film back after it screens at the 2009 Austin Film Festival.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Surprise Announcement!

Double Negative will be going offline...until after it screens at the Austin Film Festival! We just got word today of our acceptance, and we're very excited!

Become a fan of Ramsey Bros. Pictures on Facebook.

not a fan

Here's the next flagship project for City on a Hill Productions.

With The Beatles

So, the other day, I'm up at the office late trying to plow through a bout of writer's block. I have some script rewrites to do for City on a Hill Productions' upcoming Bible study series, Not A Fan. I round the corner of the upstairs hallway to see our very own John Howard, aka "Sound Dude," coming up the stairs the with The Beatles Rock Band in tow.

As if I needed any more temptation to run away in a panic from my computer.

Oddly enough, the game, which is totally awesome by the way, is helping me get through my assignments. I find that when I allow Rock Band to be the self-administered reward for a certain amount of work, I get a lot more done.

Anyway, I gotta go. I have a meeting with John, Paul, George, and Ringo, in a couple of hours.

Monday, September 7, 2009


My brother, John Ramsey, co-wrote and co-stars in Playland, one of ten finalists for the Doorpost Film Project. The winning film, based 30% on votes, gets $100,000.

The film also stars our good friend Santry Rush (The Oath of Desormeau, various Ramsey Bros. Pictures).

To watch Playland in its entirety (18 min), click here.

To learn how to vote, click here.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

Sticks And Stones And Spotlights

"Sticks And Stones" is a spotlighted video on the Youtube Comedy page. But, make sure it doesn't go to John's head.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

In Case You Missed It - Wynnona Judd on "Millionaire"

You can watch Wynonna play for Backpack Mission Ministries on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire."

Click here then click "watch full episodes" in the left hand column.

Her episode is "Episode 8." When the episode starts, you can skip to the last chapter, which is when she appears.