Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Bible Buzz

Here's an interesting UK Guardian article for any readers interested in Christian (or Christian-themed) films.  There's been a conspicuous amount of Bible-based projects creating buzz in Hollywood.  The article and the various filmmakers it cites speculate as to why Hollywood is turning to the Bible for source material.

I found a couple of quotes by Norman Stone particularly encouraging, considering our approach to THE SONG:

"Even in their half-remembered context, these stories resonate on a deeper level. You can't say all we are is a bunch of atoms. We don't feel that that sums us up. We wonder about why we're here – but films haven't addressed that question for a while."


"A literal approach to history and historical characters will miss the audience. A more dramatic, genre-driven approach is now the norm."

Friday, August 24, 2012

The Art Of Good Intentions

I see this story making the rounds on facebook. At the risk of piling it, what a sobering illustration (no pun intended) and reminder that good intentions are not enough.  "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

"And behold, I Myself have appointed...Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and in the hearts of all who are SKILLFULL I have put SKILL, that they may make all that I have commanded you. - Exodus 31:6

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

THE SONG - Jed In The Studio

Alan Powell as Jed King.
The story of THE SONG features numerous musical performances, which have to be recorded in advance.  So, in a way, we started making the film yesterday in Nashville.  Super excited!

Monday, August 20, 2012

THE SONG Summary

I was recently asked to write up some info on THE SONG for promotional purposes.  So, I thought I'd post a modified version here...

City on a Hill Productions
Producers: Shane Sooter and Cassie Pelan
Written and Directed by Richard Ramsey


Inspired by the life and works of King Solomon, THE SONG tells the story of a young, aspiring singer-songwriter whose marriage and life suffer when the song he writes for his wife propels him to stardom.  


Aspiring singer-songwriter Jed King is struggling to catch a break and escape the long shadow of his famous father when he reluctantly agrees to a gig at a local vineyard harvest festival.  Jed meets the vineyard owner’s daughter, Rose, and a romance quickly blooms.  Soon after their wedding, Jed writes Rose “The Song,” which becomes a breakout hit.  Suddenly thrust into a life of stardom and a world of temptation, his life and marriage begin to fall apart.

Theological Emphasis:

The redemptive love story of Jed and Rose will illustrate the romantic themes of THE SONG OF SOLOMON (specifically, its teachings on attraction, courtship, intimacy and conflict within marriage) and dramatically demonstrate the truth of ECCLESIASTES’ central premise: Only God can truly give life meaning.

Character Overview:

Jed King – A young, charismatic, and wise-beyond-his-years singer-songwriter painfully overshadowed by the legendary musical accomplishments and catastrophic moral failures of his famous father, David King.  Jed enters the music scene and a relationship with Rose determined to maintain fidelity to his music, his bride, and his God, but fame and road-life soon take their toll, leaving him burnt out and broken by the same worldly pursuits that ensnared David.

Rose Jordan – Inspired by the love interest in THE SONG OF SOLOMON, Rose captivates Jed with her breath-taking beauty, wit, and the innocent charm stemming from her deeply committed faith.  Romance and marriage soon follow, but after his meteoric rise to fame, she struggles to raise their son in the wake Jed’s absence and eventual infidelity.

Shelby Bale – One of Jed’s fellow musicians, she’s a beautiful, brazen, and sultry singer and violinist.  Just as hundreds of wives and concubines led Solomon astray, Shelby leads Jed into a world of adultery and addiction that nearly destroys him.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Sample Lyrics from "The Song"

"The Song" is currently set to have eleven songs.  Here's some lyrics from the first one - inspired by Psalm 38.

sung by David King and Bethany - Scene 2; pg 1
reprised by Jed King - Scene 41; pg 29

Arrows have pierced me
I'm bleeding I am shaken
You've overwhelmed me
And made my heart groan
I cried all these tears
For fears I was forsaken
After I begged You
To leave me alone

I cannot hear
I have no sight
Your blinding light
Is the darkest night
Of my soul
Can you hear my cry
I'm going to fall
'Cause I can't hold on

Thursday, August 16, 2012

You know...

...facebook and twitter have apparently cannibalized blogging for me. See, this should be a tweet. Not a blog post.