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Aug , 11

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Kitty Gets A Bath

Artist : Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Song : The Boogie Bumper
Album: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Shot this a couple hours ago just for funsies and a chance to play with the new Sony PMW F3, seemed like a good idea in the moment. Turns out that giving the dog a bath and trying to work camera at the same time isn’t so easy after all. That said, for the couple hours it took to shoot, edit and toss on the web it’s still good enough to make my Mom happy.

Nuttin fancy, technically not my best, would have loved some better angles and there’s deffinatly some overexposed moments towards the end, my only defense is that I was holding a wet dog, I was actually just grateful that when I brought up the footage there were enough shots that were in focus to make anything at all.

So yes, technically it’s less than brilliant but thankfully a cute dog can make shoddy shooting and editing borderline irrelevant.

Shot in F3’s S&Q (slow) motion with just the kit 50 2.0 lens and no color correction or additional effects.

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Aug , 11

9

Underground Planet got a new toy (Sony PMW-F3), limited time discount pricing!

Above is me with my happy face just about as giddy as a frikkin schoolgirl kickin it in Austin Texas holding Underground Planet’s brand spanking new Sony PMW-F3 k.

If you’ve read any of the descriptions of  the video’s we’ve done you know that we’ve used a ton of different cameras in the past. For the camera geeks this has included, but has not been limited to: Old school VHS, the Canon XL1, Canon XL1 S, the Canon XH A1, the Sony EX1, the Sony EX1 with Letus35 Extreme, Canon T2i’s, Canon 7D, the RED. The evolution of cameras and technology over the years has been, and I’m sure will continue to be, an exciting ride. For me personally of all the cameras currently on the market the Sony PMW F3 is quite simply the best of the bunch.

I’ll suppress my desire to give you the long litany of reasons as to why I think that as I’m certain that in doing so I would inevitably bore the non-shooters to death but, what I will say briefly is that any pro knows that different projects (and even different shots within those projects) may require different tools, the trick is to figure out which one you would use the most, this camera is that. Stunning imagery, Super 35mm image sensor approximately 4x larger than those in most DSLR’s, incredible low light, long recording times, PL Lenses, little or no rolling shutter/moire, quick workflow with SxS cards and file format …

Damn, I started making a list … mah bad …

If you were just here to find out about the current discounts were offering and had to suffer through that, sorry, I’m easily distracted. Upshot is this, we have an UH-MAZING new camera and love shooting with it! For a limited time we’re willing to take on some projects for a lot less than usual just so we get to play around with it and acquire incredible footage along the way that we can show off . If you or your business and need a commercial, some  promotional videos,  something for the web, or if you’re a recording artist or in a band and in need of a music video, if you need product demonstrations, training video’s, whatever! Now is the best time ever to hit us up! Not only will you be getting us cheaper than usual but your project will look even better than anything we’ve done in the past (new awesome camera remember!?!)

Though there’s no official cut off date I think it’s safe to assume we’ll only be offering the discounts for a couple weeks. You can book now in advance and get a discount on something you may need done a couple months down the line.

And do know that outside of the discount, if your project requires another specific camera for any reason at all, of course, as always, Underground Planet is happy to accommodate. Just let us know.

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Mar , 11

10

Bandita Couture – The Photos

Above is one of the pics I took recently of the incredible model Alexis Eden for Stacy Zeiler Kenyon’s “Bandita Coulture” bikini line. Totally flattered beyond words that Stacy even asked me to do this as I don’t much consider myself a photographer. The two primary reasons I don’t is that primarily I deal with video and photography is just something I kinda play around with, here lately more often than not  pics of my heartbreakingly adorable puppy. Secondly because the advent of the internet has degraded the word “photographer” to mean any duchebag that can afford a digital camera and claims to be one in an attempt to bait girls into posing for them. Girls if you want horrible pictures, go see those guys. No disrespect intended to the many real photographers out there who have an eye and a talent that I would kill for. I probably don’t even have to apologize to you who are the real deal because you know exactly the kinda people I’m talking about.

Ha! Okay, forgive the rant, back to what I was saying, was more than a little nervous walking into this since it’s not my usual cup of tea but as I’ve said elsewhere I am just in awe of Stacy’s work and vision and when she asked, despite my trepidation I couldn’t say no. Beyond that I always love the nervousness that comes from being challenged creatively but between you and me, if any of these pics are any good all the credit goes to her for her vision, the model Alexis who just killed it on every pose and had one of the best attitudes of any model I’ve worked with, Kat Johnson for the awesome hair and makeup, Becca Powe for the styling help and input and my crew Matthew Iha and Tony Hubbard for all the hard work they put in to make it happen.

… sorry I made this into some kinda weird acceptance speech. Here are the rest of the pics that will be featured on Stacy’s site and stay tuned for the video coming soon:

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Yes ladies all these swimsuits will be available soon! The official Bandita Couture site is still under construction but bookmark it check back often!

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Nov , 10

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VASST – Inside HDSLR Filmmaking

A few months back I was asked by Douglas Spotted Eagle (aka Spot) and VASST to co-present in one of their training videos that was going to be about  shooting with DSLR’s. I had personally purchased more than a handful of their training DVD’s in the past on various subjects and jumped at the chance.  Spot is someone that I got to know through several video related forums early on and has been both a mentor and a friend ever since and it was an honor, if not a little surreal to be doing this with him so many years later.

Needless to say I had a great time up in Utah hanging out with him and Mannie Frances, his partner, while working on this and am thrilled to say that it’s finally out and available! You can check it out and buy it here or by clicking on the image below.

Inside HDSLR FIlmmaking – Create Stunning DSLR Imagery with Unlimited Possibilities

“HDSLR Film and video production is immensely popular, for good reason! Stunning imagery and unlimited possibilities are at your fingertips with a DSLR camcorder. Raymond Schlogel and Douglas Spotted Eagle expose all aspects of HDSLR film and video on this two and one half hour training DVD. From lenses to metering, to preparation and peripherals, Douglas and Ray show you how to get the most out of DSLR film and video production.”


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Jun , 10

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Drama – Full Version Now Online

So I had been pushing Timeca to do a short for some time, an incredible actress with a million great story ideas. “Drama” was one she had mentioned and one that I fell immediately in love with. Maybe it’s because when I was a kid when I told my Dad I was getting picked on he said “What do ya want me to do about it? Ya gotta stand up for yourself”. The next day I did, got my ass kicked. Anyway, as I was saying, we had bounced around a lot of ideas and this was actually part of an longer story she had thought of doing. From the first time I heard this particular part of the storyline I thought it would work really well as a short, picking up from when Drama gets out of bed and walks by her Auntie who’s passed out, ending with Drama’s moment of self-realization in the mirror, perhaps not exactly Norman Rockwell but a slice of life nonetheless.

Took me five months to convince Timeca to go for it and once we decided to do this it was cast, found locations, shot and edited within a week and I really couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out. We got incredibly lucky with the casting, only auditioned 6 girls for the parts of Drama and the bully and don’t think we could have found anyone better had we auditioned 100. Huge props to Ann Woodward (Drama) and Gianna Redeemer (the bully). Both just amazing and incredible to work with, I know we will be seeing a whole lot more of you two!

Of course Timeca rocked it, never had any doubts about that, and never had any doubts about her screen love interest of the moment played by Aaron Spivey-Sorrells. For those of you who watch “Friday Night Lights” you’re probably familiar with his work, he’s appeared in every episode except the pilot as Coach Spivey. We were all nothing but flattered that he was interested in being a part of our humble little short.

As for the making of stuff that I like to babble about, we shot this over one verrrrrry long day and picked up a few shots over a couple hours a few days later. Because of the nature of this one I wanted to keep it with a more real/doc type feel and opted for a handheld look. A little ironic that two of our actors were from Friday Night Lights (Timeca has also made an appearance on the show) and I went with the swishy sway cam but what can I say? When it works it works. My favorite shot of the whole piece is the shot coming off the roof. Took us awhile to find a location and when we did winded up with one that didn’t have rooftop access.

Thankfully, Austin Habitat for Humanity did have a trusty old lift truck that hoisted us up two at a time with our equipment so we could get the shot I wanted.

Side note, the song playing in the background while Drama is running from the other kids was a song called “Get Low“ by First Class Fresh who Timeca’s son, Elgyn A. Chandler Jr. is a member of. The group makes a guest appearance as the boys who tease Drama as she’s walking by. You can see the music video I did for their song “Wobble House” here:

First Class Fresh – Wobble House

This was shot on a Sony EX1 with a Letus35 extreme, edited in Sony Vegas.