So What Is Underground Planet?

Underground Planet is an award winning production company based in Austin Texas. From concept to completion we develop, plan, shoot and edit amazing videos for some of the most incredible bands and artist that a company like ours could ever hope to work with.

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Apr , 09

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Dexter Freebish – The Other Side

Artist : Dexter Freebish
Song : The Other Side
Album: The Other Side – The Best of Dexter Freebish
Director: Raymond J. Schlogel

Production Company : Underground Planet

I got a message from Chris Lowe, bass player for Dexter Freebish, saying that the band was putting out a greatest hits album that included some new tracks and that they were interested in making a vid. As someone who, like most, loved their tune “Leaving Town” I couldn’t help to be a bit giddy!

Up till now I’ve always stayed away from doing an all black and white video. To be honest I guess I’ve just seen too many bad YouTube vids that have employed this technique or similarly, a film look filter, as a kind of short cut or crutch in an attempt to make a video appear “artistic”. Not that it’s never done effectively or even to imply that I used it well for that matter! Just to say that I was never willing to go there. That said, listening to this song a hundred times or more while trying to visualize a performance piece … I never saw it in color.

We started setting up for the shoot at 6 PM on Sunday evening, broke down at around midnight and the video went live that Tuesday before midnight in all it’s full black and white glory. Thanks to the band for letting me go this route not to mention being so awesome during the shoot and having a great song to work with! Kyle, Scott, Chris, Rob, you guys rock, nuff said.

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May , 11

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Tje Austin – Hollywood

Artist : Tje Austin
Album: Xperience
Song: Hollywood
Director : Louie Fattz
Shooting & Editing : Raymond J. Schlogel

TUNE INTO NBC ON TUESDAY NIGHTS TO ROOT FOR TJE AUSTIN AND TEAM CEE LO!!! (Sorry Christina, I’ll still have your baby or make you a music vid but gotta root for mah buddy Tje!)

So this was shot and edited about a year ago for the track “Hollywood” off of Tje Austin’s second album Xperience long before his getting picked by Cee Lo on NBC’s “The Voice”.

For concept, casting and directing all credit goes to the one and only Louie Fattz, look him up. I was brought in to do the crewing up, shooting, lighting and later took on the task of editor.

Since I didn’t direct this one I don’t have some of my usual banter but as far as behind the scenes random info goes this was the quintessential low budget run-n-gun. Everything was filmed in one day bouncing from the strip club (no pun intended) to the bus station to the street and clothing store (which I had actually already done a promo for, you can see that here: vimeo.com/​7366099) and than finally to back to my house where we shot Tje’s performance in the middle of my humble front room.

Though it was a brutal day I don’t think things could have gone any smoother. Tje was great to work with, incredibly humble despite being oozing with talent and Sasha Garcia, our female lead, was just a blast to work with. I don’t think there was a break between takes that she wasn’t smiling and laughing. Perfect casting in that she was able to play the shy unassuming girl from a small town then effortlessly transition to the *ba-bam* lured by bright lights and fast money exotic dancer and back again.

And for the technically minded video peeps this was shot on a Sony EX1 w/Letus35 Extreme, edited in Sony Vegas with additional color correction done in Magic Bullet Looks.

tjeaustin.com
Tje Austin Xperience on iTunes: tinyurl.com/​43v2dy4
Tje’s NBC “The Voice” Blog: tinyurl.com/​685f3h4
management: brownstownmusic.com