Thursday, June 25, 2009

More From Vacation

We went to see the Astros beat the Royals today 5 to 4. Lance Berkman hit two home runs and brought in his 1000th RBI. Pretty cool.

Later in the day, John and his wife made the drive down from Austin. I'm going to Austin next week, where he and I intend to shoot three new videos. I'm very excited.

From The CHP Newsletter: Appalachia Update

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Day At The Beach

Kristina, the kids, and I went to Galveston today. Not the best beach in the world, but I guess it will do. We've been in Houston for a couple of days. I almost forgot how permeating and seemingly ever-present the heat is here.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Ministry of the Heart

Ministry of the Heart from City on a Hill Productions.

Back in February, we at City on a Hill Productions had the privilege of meeting and shadowing Larry Baskin as he went through Memphis ministering to "the least of these."

Larry is a very humble guy who quietly dedicates his life to feeding people physically and spiritually. He evangelizes daily and, apparently, very effectively -even to complete strangers.

One of the most compelling things we heard him say (and it's in the video) was that every day he prays for God to trust him with a soul and to bring someone into his life with whom he can share the Gospel.

Thursday, June 18, 2009


With haunted hearts through the heat and cold,
We never thought we could ever get old.
We thought we could sit forever in fun
But our chances really was a million to one.

As easy it was to tell black from white,
It was all that easy to tell wrong from right.
And our choices were few and the thought never hit
That the one road we traveled would ever shatter and split.
-Bob Dylan
"Bob Dylan's Dream"

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

More To Come

Since I have been getting inquiries, I thought I'd announce that Ramsey Bros. Pictures has a shoot scheduled for July 2nd & 3rd in Austin, TX.

We plan on shooting at least two sketches.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

A Certain Song Comes To Mind...

♪"You Never Give Me Your Money"♪

Oh well, as that lady in Napoleon Dynamite said about the model pirate ship, "I want that."

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Great News!

Received a replacement hard drive today -with full data recovery! Thanks to all who prayed!

OOOOOh-ho-ho-ho Man!

My kids would LOVE 2:11.

Check out the awesome animation in this video.

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Friday, June 5, 2009

♪"Cheered Up Rich Ramsey"

"...oh, what can I mean?"♪ Well, I'll tell you:

This week, I was introduced to the wonderful world of "literal music videos." The premise behind these is that someone rewrites the original lyrics to directly address what is happening in the video. Pretty funny stuff.

I'm probably well behind the curve on this. Oh, and there's apparently this band called "The Monkees."

Update on Hard Drive

Well, the co. repairing the Hard Drive said they are confident they will be able to recover the data with little to no damage to the original media. I hope that's the case and would truly appreciate any prayers that it is.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

See. What Had Happened Was...

So, here's some specifics on the rough week...

As many of my readers know, I have been working on a missions video for Backpack Mission, a ministry that provides food to children in the Appalachia mountains. Our traditional work flow is usually as follows: I edit, color correct, set the volume levels on different clips, and ship it off to CHP's "sound dude," John Howard for mixing, e.q., etc.

After nearly a month of editing, I finished all of my part this past Monday afternoon. I was searching for someone to watch the video with me. Our production manager, Cassie, agreed. However, when I went to watch it, Final Cut Pro was frozen (and our XSAN sounded like it was going to explode, but that is, in all likelihood, unrelated).

All we were getting was Apple's infamous spinning pinwheel of death.

Long story short: the external hard-drive, that had all of the footage and Final Cut Pro project files, was not working. We could open the drive up in the Finder window and see the files, but we could not access them or transfer them. The hard-drive was broken. It could not direct the files to do what they are supposed to do or go where they are supposed to go.

Possible good news: First of all, the fact that the files can be seen is a good sign that the data could be recovered. Second, over the weekend, John Howard, decided to export a DV version of the film in order to get a head start on sound. If all else fails, we could use that, but that would be in Standard Definition (at best) and not HD. I'm very thankful that we at least have that.

The bad news: In addition to producing a video for "Backpack Mission," we were going to make a supplemental video featuring the story of one particular girl. She has serious medical needs, and her entire life could be turned around with some medical intervention. I had not even started on her video. If this hard drive is gone, so is all of the footage we could have used to tell her story.

This was one of those providential catastrophes to which I've become accustomed over the years-especially, when working on projects that are near and dear to my heart. In fact, I was nervous that I hadn't experienced one in a while. That this would happen when it happened and to this video of all videos seems very conspicuous.

So, I would truly appreciate any prayers that this data would be recovered. If it is not recovered, we will trust that it was God's will, and that He will be glorified in our weakness.

But, it would be awesome if the data were recovered. Seriously.