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Todd Terry

Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc., a small but full-service creative agency and production company. Three employees. Shoot 35mm film, e35mm, C300, HD, and SD. Crane, Steadicam, crab dolly, etc. Three NLE suites with Adobe CS6 and Matrox MX02 systems.
Member Since:
October 6th 2006
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Location:
Huntsville, Alabama
Glidecam/Stedicam/Flicam
by Tatjana Hamilton 3 days ago
Hello everyone, I'm looking around for a stabiliser for when I;m walking around and considering the above brands. But I dont know which one I should go for. Also, what would be the best way to pull fo
Re: Glidecam/Stedicam/Flicam
by Todd Terry 2 days ago
I think the Merlin would fly a C100, but only if it is absolutely stripped (and absolutely no accessories, rods, matte box, or anything else) and you are not using an overly-heavy lens. It'd likely wo
Lighting set-up for Geico-style Commercial
by Kyle Smolic 3 days ago
I'm shooting a 30-sec commercial similar in style of this http: www.youtube.com watch v=d_DldUf1fNQ&list=UUHxcqJWQQcoVmVh5eHVqVxg. I think I have a good starting point for lighting, but maybe someone
Re: Lighting set-up for Geico-style Commercial
by Todd Terry 3 days ago
Wet the pavement.... wow, brilliant idea. And no, I've never heard of that trick. I've of course wet streets at night before, for reflections... but never during the day to tone it down. It wouldn't h
How do I hire a graphic designer to tie my marketing brochure together?
by Levi Stewart 6 days ago
So I put together a marketing brochure for a small construction business in microsoft word. The content is good and the pictures are ok, but the document needs a graphic designer to touch it all up an
Re: How do I hire a graphic designer to tie my marketing brochure together?
by Todd Terry 4 days ago
Ned Miller " ...it's best if you have the graphic artist be in charge of the printing even if it costs a little more." I should have thought to mention that, but yes that's true as well. My significa
Quick Release for Shoulder Mount and Tripod
by Tatjana Hamilton 5 days ago
Hello, I'm wondering if anyone knows of any universal quick release plates that can easily be put on a shoulder mount and tripod (without having to take the plate off for each product) Thanks
Re: Quick Release for Shoulder Mount and Tripod
by Todd Terry 5 days ago
Sadly, not really. Tripod release plates are fairly proprietary... of the half-dozen or so brands of tripods that I personally own, not a single one of them shares the exact same plate. Some even with
How to shoot on two angles using white background?
by Santiago Pilgrim 6 days ago
Hi all, I want to see if I am missing a trick here... If I want to do a white background auto-cued shoot on two angles - a close-up and a wide. Obviously whichever angle isn't going through the auto c
Re: How to shoot on two angles using white background?
by Todd Terry 5 days ago
By "auto-cue" do you mean with a teleprompter Your "other option" you mentioned would be the way that this is done 99% of the time... multiple takes with different focal lengths. The other way to do i
Film job pricing advice needed
by Eric Boulanger 6 days ago
My friend and I have been asked to create the following for a film client: Two to two and a half minute trailer Five CGI effects A one minute animation A poster All this will be done in the Adobe suit
Re: Film job pricing advice needed
by Todd Terry 6 days ago
This is going to sound like an incredibly smartass and unhelpful answer, but honestly it's not (or at least I'm not trying to be)... Your estimate for the job should simply be YOUR RATE x THE NUMBER O
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Suggestions for Videocamera/Camcorder to Mix with Canon 5D MII or MIII
by Steve Crow 2 weeks ago
All right ladies and gents, I'd be interested in hearing your feedback regarding a choice of mid-range camcorder videocameras which shoot 1080p 24fps video that would mix well with footage shot with a
Re: Suggestions for Videocamera/Camcorder to Mix with Canon 5D MII or MIII
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
I was going to heartily second Bill's suggestion of the C100 until learning your budget. Not to be a killjoy, but you (or the organization on whose behalf you are inquiring) will need to reevaluate ei
Mat box for lens EF 24-70mm 2.8
by Ali Quintana 2 weeks ago
I need a matbox for the ND filters for this ef lens. Does there excist a screw on matbox I didnt buy the lens as yet, so I was wondering if thsi would work.
Re: Mat box for lens EF 24-70mm 2.8
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
You don't need a swing-away matte box. Now, swing-away IS a great thing, and I couldn't live without it.... but I shoot almost exclusively primes and have to change lenses 100 times a day, so swing-aw
Clear Scan
by Simon Hitchman 2 weeks ago
Hello. I was hoping somebody might be able to advise me on use of the Clear Scan function on the Canon C100. I'm planning to film a number of shots of a computer screen for a corporate film. Setting u
Re: Clear Scan
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
Simon Hitchman " is it simply then a matter of dialling through frequencies until the screen is no longer flickering " Exactly. Look at a monitor though, not the viewfinder. Simon Hitchman "Should I
Camera trick that worked pretty well...
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Had good success with a little shooting trick on a commercial production this week, and thought I'd pass it along. I've long heard of people doing this, but never actually did it myself... We produced
Re: Camera trick that worked pretty well...
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
Rich Rubasch "How big was the crew..." There were three of us there that day, which is typical for almost all of our shoots. Locker room was shot in the morning, all the exteriors in the afternoon. I
An article on UAV's that brings logic to the current US situation
by Rich Rubasch 3 weeks ago
http: markeemagazine.com wp filming-model-helicopter-legal Great read. Rich Rich Rubasch Tilt Media Inc. Video Production, Post, Studio Sound Stage Founder President Editor Designer Animator http: www
Re: An article on UAV's that brings logic to the current US situation
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
It will certainly be interesting to see what happens with this. We happen to own one, the DJI Phantom Vision2+ and it does shoot unbelievably good video, especially for the price (I think it was about
NFL Films -- well, minus the "film" part
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
This news is a couple of weeks old, but I found it interesting. One of the last holdouts, NFL Films has finally ditched real film... and will, for the first time, shoot this season with 30 Arri Amiras
Re: NFL Films -- well, minus the "film" part
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
I love film... and a big part of me hates to see it go. But I do completely understand it. I haven't shot film in several years, and there's still quite a few cans of 35mm taking up space in the fridg
Lawyer Concerns
by Aaron Cadieux 1 month ago
Hello, I am working with a lawyer who is reviewing a documentary film I produced and directed. We need him to give us the green light on the film in order to obtain errors and omissions insurance. Thi
Re: Lawyer Concerns
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
As Mark said... The architectural design of a work may be copyrighted. That doesn't apply to the physical property itself, nor does it eventually become in the "public domain." It's not just the Empir
Starting up a professional productiong company. How do i best spend my money?
by Jong Cardenas 1 month ago
We have around $9000 to spend for equipment. I have made this list of things to purchase but i am not sure if they are the optimum choices for the small amount of money. We will be doing biopics and c
Re: Starting up a professional productiong company. How do i best spend my money?
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Al Bergstein "I have taken to getting low cost leasing, from Canon, to lease my cameras (C100 for example)." We do, too. I normally not a big fan of leasing much of anything (except we do lease our v
Lighting for talent looking into camera
by Cody Walters 1 month ago
I have a shoot coming up that calls for the talent to look into the camera. The video is a promo. I was curious if there is a general rule of thumb when it comes to which side to place the key when th
Re: Lighting for talent looking into camera
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Yeah ringlights are cool.... UNLESS unless your talent happens to be wearing glasses. We were hired to shoot a bunch of talent for news opens once where I intended to use it... and turned out almost e
Video usage when hiring talent
by Sean Winn 1 month ago
Hi, I could use some input from experienced producers. I've been hired to produce a 30 second commercial for a local company in a small market. We want to hire two actresses to play the main roles in
Re: Video usage when hiring talent
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Rich I haven't used voices.com, but from what I've heard (and people who use both) is that they are very similar. I THINK though with voices.com they work as a payment clearing escrow house as well...
Conference / Exhibit Hall Interview Lighting
by Jenny Dewes 2 months ago
I will be shooting some interviews at a conference and am looking for some lighting advice. The interviews will take place at around an exhibit booth in a conference hall, I am not sure what the pre-e
Re: Conference / Exhibit Hall Interview Lighting
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Rick Wise "I would think having a variable color-temp light would be most useful" For sure... and for that I would heartily recommend the little Switronix TorchLED... http: www.bhphotovideo.com c pro
New curved slider
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
I have a new curved slider that is awesome awesome AWESOME... It is what I've been looking for for a loooong time, a curved slider that is exactly the same radius as curved dolly track. I have no inte
Lightning in a gym
by charlie shiferaw 2 months ago
Hey guys. I'm new to this forum, and actually made up an account for one reason only. A question. I've noticed how some gyms, and other places as well has a type of lightning in a room where you look
Re: Lightning in a gym
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Light that is harder and at more of an acute angle will make a subject look more defined... such as a hard instrument (an open face instrument, or a fresnel, or other "hard" fixture) hung high and poi
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C100 and metadata
by Bill Meissner 8 months ago
Hi Gang, Anybody know if metadata is recorded (lens, aperture, ISO, etc) on C100 and if so, how it's accessed I haven't found much regarding on the interwebs. thanks, Bill
Re: C100 and metadata
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Mike's workaround might be better than nothing... but obviously that does you no good if you change any of those parameters after the shot starts. Focal length, obviously, would be the one most likely
Any DIY light shaping filter solutions available?
by Clay Vernon 2 months ago
I am interested in getting some filters to increase the beam angle of some LED par cans I have, that are similar to these: http: www.guitarcenter.com American-DJ-LSF30-24-Light-Shaping-Filter-10859602
Re: Any DIY light shaping filter solutions available?
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Well, the product description in the second link specifically says that filter "may be cut and trimmed to fit any Par can or Brick style LED lighting fixture." Am I reading the post wrong, or isn't th
Article: A Distinctive LOOK For 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'
by Tim Wilson 2 months ago
TV & Movie Appreciation A Distinctive LOOK For 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' In his third time working with Wes Anderson, LOOK Effects VFX Supervisor Gabriel Sanchez helped implement the director's sing
Re: Article: A Distinctive LOOK For 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
That's pretty amazing... and just goes to show you how rules were made to be broken. At the very end of the remake of True Grit there was a horizon shot that perfectly bisected the screen right across
Documentary - a doubt about filmmaking and direction
by Francesca Piccolo 2 months ago
Hi all, I'm new to this community. I've read some threads and I think you can help me. Here is my doubt. I'm a journalist. I've found an amazing story 2 years ago and I knew that it needed to be told
Re: Documentary - a doubt about filmmaking and direction
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
I'd say perfectly acceptable credits that would fit the bill and be accurate would be any of these A Francesca Piccolo production A Francesca Piccolo and Xxxxxx Xxxxxxx film ...or... A Francesca Picco
Selling water-damaged cameras
by Magda Olszewski 2 months ago
Hey there, I have two water-damaged point and shoot canons I would like to sell, as well as a box of camera bits and parts and minor equipment I no longer use. I questions for you: a) Where is the bes
Re: Selling water-damaged cameras
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Magda Olszewski "might you recommend that I try to have the SD fixed Is it worth it " Doubt it would ever be worth it, you'd spend far more on repairs than it is worth if you could find someone willi
Still Images - Minimal Interference
by Chris Chalklen 3 months ago
Hey people! I'm trying to come up with some clever idea around presenting still images in a feature documentary other than the typical Ken Burns and Parallax effects. The images are very iconic and as
Re: Still Images - Minimal Interference
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
I'm late to the party, but just now saw this. You might find some inspiration in methods to use photos by watching most any episode of "Dateline" on NBC. Sometimes they have only a few photos and need
Canon XF-305 Assistance needed
by Peter Groom 3 months ago
Hi - Im new on this board, but am hoping someone can help me with a problem I have with my Canon XF-305 camera. Basically Im losing faith with it rapidly. Im finding that in anything other than bright
Re: Canon XF-305 Assistance needed
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
That would explain it... I knew you had auto something on because you said changing your shutter speed caused no difference in your exposure levels... which is technically an impossibility (unless you
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Video: Honda Commercial
by Todd Terry 4 months ago
Honda Commercial Broadcast commercial for North Alabama Honda Dealers Association watch commercial
Recorded to tape, but won't upload.
by Brian Plows 4 months ago
I have some irreplaceable footage that I have recorded but I am having issues with the tape. During play back towards the end of the tape is where the issue starts. The screen goes blue and it will on
Re: Recorded to tape, but won't upload.
by Todd Terry 4 months ago
Wow, an actual HDV question. I'm not sure I even knew this forum even still existed... and didn't remember being a host in here, either. Misaligned heads can indeed be a problem, and what you describe
C300 > FCP7 - Can not import footage
by Alexander Bradley 4 months ago
Salut tout le Monde, I have been scouring the forums but I've turned no tricks yet, so appealing to your good seances to hopefully help me and another with the same problem. Trying to import C300 foot
Re: C300 > FCP7 - Can not import footage
by Todd Terry 4 months ago
Sorry about that, Alexander... although I still definitely would recommend doing that exporting step. Now, I'm completely talking out of my ear here... which I usually wouldn't do... but the Canon for
C300 glitch and green holes
by Ernesto Brelièreovsky 4 months ago
Hello, I've shot over three days on the C300 using two 16GB CF at 25 fps with constant camera settings. On one of the sessions, an abundant glitch that makes the footage unusable appears. I've uploade
Re: C300 glitch and green holes
by Todd Terry 4 months ago
Josh Figatner " that we should always use dual-slot record when we can with the C300 and I think that's BS." Sorry to disagree, but calling using dual slots BS is, well, simply BS. It doesn't matter
KinoFlo setup suggestions (+ HMI background light?)
by Kevin Thompson 4 months ago
I'm looking to purchase a new lighting setup, and strongly leaning towards Kino Flo. I would be using these primarily for shooting sit-down interviews and talking head pieces. I've done my research, t
Re: KinoFlo setup suggestions (+ HMI background light?)
by Todd Terry 4 months ago
Divas are certainly great keylights, especially for interview and talking head setups where you don't have to put the instrument far away from the talent. Highly recommended. I never use flos for back
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Lighting an open restaurant night scene
by Ali Quintana 4 months ago
I have to light a night scene, its a dark open air restaurant. I onlly have 1 oker set. it cinsists out of 4 lights (blue). My question is, I have some normal lights abailable, warm lights to light up
Re: Lighting an open restaurant night scene
by Todd Terry 4 months ago
You can certainly mix lighting instruments with different color temperatures... they just won't be the same color. Sometimes that's ok... in fact, sometimes we'll do it on purpose. In fact, if I wante
Article: Blackmagic Design's Film Scanner and the 4K Future
by Kylee Wall 5 months ago
Blackmagic Design Blackmagic Design's Film Scanner and the 4K Future A film scanner being released in 2014 is kind of a strange thing, but not when you get the full Ultra HD story. Blackmagic Design'
Re: Blackmagic Design's Film Scanner and the 4K Future
by Todd Terry 5 months ago
Very interesting, and being a film guy I am certainly glad to see something like that being developed. When those old TV shows start appearing in UHD though, I'm afraid that some of them might not qui
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Camtree / Proaim led light experience?
by Michael McSwain 10 months ago
Anyone have any experience with these Or any other low price leds Price seems good. http: www.proaimshop.com pas 2pc-CAMTREE-Shine-LED-1000-Studio-light-CT-1-10012-with-power-pack.html
Re: Camtree / Proaim led light experience?
by Todd Terry 5 months ago
I own those exact instruments. Did you read the posts already in this lengthy thread Lots of discussion about them above. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic P
Cheap and easy lighting stand bags
by Mark Suszko 5 months ago
Probably not news to the pros here, but I found that a handy way to transport your lightweight light stands and rolls of window gel is with a baseball or softball fence bag. These are designed to hang
Re: Cheap and easy lighting stand bags
by Todd Terry 5 months ago
Another company does make one for about $60... but frankly the cheaper one works much better. The more expensive one doesn't have a stem you put in the grip head. T2 __________________________________
DV vs HDV for web use
by Rob Gutermuth 7 months ago
if my final output will be 720x405, can I shoot this with my XL1s and have the same results as shooting this with something like my HV40 (both Canon) in HDV mode at 60i 1080 - in other words... will a
Re: DV vs HDV for web use
by Todd Terry 7 months ago
Tim Fagan "you can always transcode to progressive if your source files are interlaced." Yes but they will always have that interlaced-look "banding" during any on-screen motion. Transcoding to progr
The "Right" Way To List End Credits
by Alexander Leith 8 months ago
I know that there are no hard and fast rules, and I didn't I wondered how others might approach this. I'm finishing up work on my first long-form documentary. Although it was a reasonably small produc
Re: The "Right" Way To List End Credits
by Todd Terry 8 months ago
I personally don't have a problem with double crediting some people under the right circumstances. Camera operators are one such example... if you have a list of eight of them, I think it's ok for som
Video: DIY Background Roller
by Todd Terry 9 months ago
DIY Background Roller A DIY roller system for seamless background paper, less than 10 bucks in parts. watch instructional


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