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One North Lamar High School senior has been recognized as one of the top young filmmakers in the state, marking what could be the beginning of a promising career.
“I definitely want to pursue film-making after high school,” Chase Ramsey said. “I’m really looking forward to the future.”
Ramsey was one of the first UIL film-making semifinalists, placing him in the top 10 in Texas. This year was the first the University Interscholastic League offered a film category. Ramsey competed against filmmakers in 1A, 2A, and3A schools. He made his film, The Perfect Day, with borrowed equipment and no budget.
“It took a whole Saturday to shoot the movie and then it took a full two weeks to edit it,” he said. “When you’re editing, especially when it’s something with a contest, you try to get every detail perfect. You have to make sure your audio is synced up with the video. You have to add background music and sound effects and all that.”
Ramsey has been making films since he got his first webcam at the age of 11 and found film a good way to express his artistic side.
“The editing part will drive you crazy, but at the same time, when you see the finished product, it really is a big payoff. You see your work at the best it can be. I’m very proud of it,” he said. “I really like the writing process, developing the story and all those details. Then the day we shoot is also very fun. You’ve got the whole crew there making memories that day.”
He jumped at the chance to enter the competition when NLHS theatre arts director Cody Head told him about the new category.
Ramsey is also an actor. He starred in his own film and participated in this year’s UIL one-act play, The Diary of Anne Frank, earning an all-star cast award at district. He was also was lead in the NLHS musical Anything Goes earlier this year. He has also been cast in a role for a short film by a local filmmaker.
His influences for The Perfect Day – a five-minute story about a couple who investigate a home with a dubious past – include Alfred Hitchcock.
“I always love plot twists at the end, and that’s what I wanted to do with this film,” he said.