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!