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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.
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October 6th 2006
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Huntsville, Alabama
No ND filters on BM new 4K camera
by ron darby 17 hours ago
I have been shooting for TV for a long time, always used ND filters. The broadcast BM only shoots in HD, it has ND filters. The ones that shoot in 4k do not have ND filters. I want 4k with ND filters.
Re: No ND filters on BM new 4K camera
by Todd Terry 5 hours ago
ron darby " I assumed most pro cameras had ND filters." In the "broadcast camera" world some pro cameras have built-in ND filters, but in the real "cine camera" world virtually none of them do. Canon
Question about HDR
by Pradeep Reddy 23 hours ago
I am really interested in learning about HDR video After reading a few tutorials I now have a basic understanding of how HDR works. Can someone piont me to some good examples of HDR in video, and also
Re: Question about HDR
by Todd Terry 8 hours ago
HDR video barely exists, not real HDR video, anyway. The closest thing I've seen to real HDR motion footage used a complicated rig with two cameras (I think they were 5Ds, although might have been RED
keep foam from flaking - but BORING
by Bob Cole 2 days ago
This could win the award for Most Boring Post but here goes anyway: I'm using an old Halliburton case to consolidate all my 4" filters and matte box. It's been a long time since I've used a case that
Re: keep foam from flaking - but BORING
by Todd Terry 1 day ago
YEP I 've tried an electric carving knife, too... pretty jagged results. I might have to pick up one of the single-rod wand-style knives sometime. With any luck I might be able to make it last 50% lon
Issues with Lectrosonic wireless mic
by Gary Seideman 2 days ago
Hi, We just purchased Canon C300s and notice that when we use our Lectrosonic wireless 400 mics the mics drop out or completely shut down. We can hardwire the camera for sound and audio works fine. An
Re: Issues with Lectrosonic wireless miss
by Todd Terry 2 days ago
Hmmmm.... and you can monitor the Lectrosonic receivers directly (headphones straight in to the receivers) and they sound fine If so, that's a puzzler... T2 __________________________________ Todd Ter
Extracting 23.976p from AVCHD MFX 60i PF24
by Harry Bromley-Davenport 1 week ago
I've shot some material using a cheapie Canon Vixia HF S200 camera using the the AVCHD MFX 60i PF24 setting. But, no matter which program I use to get it out of the camera, it transfers as 29.98i. Can
Re: Extracting 23.976p from AVCHD MFX 60i PF24
by Todd Terry 2 days ago
It's probably too late, but here's my guess. I'm not really familiar with the S200 but I've seen some other Canon cameras behave similarly. With those, when you shoot 24p you are indeed shooting 24fps
Will 2014 repeat?
by Rich Rubasch 6 days ago
We are staring the 2014 year with a bang, but we did the same thing in 2013....difference was 2013 turned into a real stinker after August or so. Anyone concerned that 2014 will play out the same way
Re: Will 2014 repeat?
by Todd Terry 3 days ago
... always the optimistic ray of sunshine. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.com
Cheap and easy lighting stand bags
by Mark Suszko 1 week 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 days ago
Very cool, Mark. Not sure they would hold actual light stands (at least not ones of any size), but they would be perfect for shorty C-stand risers. I too used a fishing pole thing as a mic boom holder
WORK FOR HIRE contract…Really?
by Ty Ford 1 week ago
Hi, A publisher I have been writing freelance articles for for some time just sent me a contract that says, in the future, all my writing for them will be work for hire and their's to do whatever they
Re: WORK FOR HIRE contract…Really?
by Todd Terry 5 days ago
I gotta agree... I think that letter has a lot of vitriol and not-so-passive passive aggression in it, which might not be well received. When I first read it my first thoughts were to immediately resp
A little levity -- and the importance of details
by Todd Terry 1 week ago
I had to smile at this, and thought the others in this forum could use a little levity on a Monday. It's sad to laugh at other people's mistakes... but hey, we all do it. A week or two ago I got an em
Re: A little levity -- and the importance of details
by Todd Terry 1 week ago
Looks to me like the picture should PROBABLY say "This is Deon Gordon... and this is his accountant." T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment
What happened to this forum?
by Bob Cole 2 weeks ago
I honestly don't know whether this is a totally off-the-wall remark, or a trenchant, emperor-has-no-clothes observation: Why has this forum, which used to be quite entertaining and informative, declin
Re: What happened to this forum?
by Todd Terry 1 week ago
Might have to give that forum a look sometime. Probably like a lot of people, it would never have even OCCURED to me to even darken the doors of that forum. In fact, I would purposely stay away. In al
Cineo vs. Area 48?
by Erik Anschicks 2 weeks ago
I'm about to make my first investment into an LED panel keylight (but still keeping my Divas!), and from everything I've used and researched, it's basically boiling down to the Cineo LS vs the Area 48
Re: Cineo vs. Area 48?
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
Haven't used either... but I looked up the specs and the BIG consideration for me would be power. Since we've started adopting LED lighting a year or two ago... I have to say I still don't love the lo
Disadvantages of using a cheap jib/crane ?
by Soumendra Jena 3 weeks ago
Hi, we are a small team, who does wedding short movies for their clients. To make the videos more interesting, Im thinking to get a 8ft-12ft jib, so that I can get a lot of nice floating shots. I was
Re: Disadvantages of using a cheap jib/crane ?
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
I really couldn't say, myself. I refuse to even attend weddings, much less shoot them... so I'm unsure of your requirements. More importantly though I don't use a remote pan tilt head at all. I use a
Which copter is recommended for 5D Mark3 ?
by Soumendra Jena 2 weeks ago
HI, we are planning to shoot some aerial POV for the weddings, so we are in the market to buy a drone copter. We checked DJI Phantom2, but sadly, it cannot handle 5D Mark3. So, which one is recommende
Re: Which copter is recommended for 5D Mark3 ?
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
If you just have a fixed camera mount and are not using a remote pan tilt gimble, then you don't need a second operator. In fact there'd be nothing for them to do... (unless you wanted them to stop st
Importing XL-H1 as "clips" into FCPX
by Stephen Reese 3 weeks ago
I have someone who shoots for me on an older Canon XL-H1 and we continually have issues importing his tapes for our editing process. For some reason FCPX will not capture his tapes as "clips," creatin
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Re: Importing XL-H1 as "clips" into FCPX
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
Stephen Reese "My shooter cannot for the life of him figure out what the issue is." Your shooter is not doing anything wrong, and there's nothing for him to figure out. The XLH1, like virtually every
Wondering about commercial use fonts.
by Stephen Pickering 4 weeks ago
This might be a NOOB question... What do I look for when downloading fonts for commercial use I'm really only interested in free fonts at the moment. Some clearly say "Free for Personal use" while oth
Re: Wondering about commercial use fonts.
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
Read the license agreement for the font you purchase, of course... but keeping in mind this as a general guideline.... The vast vast majority of commercial fonts' licenses allow you almost any use tha
Pull Focus Steadycam
by Alexander Steinberg 3 weeks ago
Hi, I use a 3 axis Gimbal to stabilize my camera. I need to pull focus with it for an upcoming project, but I am not sure how to do this. Is there any lightweight accessory that can help me adjust the
Re: Pull Focus Steadycam
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
The remote follow focus units from RedrockMicro are among the more affordable units out there.... http: store.redrockmicro.com Catalog microRemote-Bundles There are a few others as well, but some are
Camtree / Proaim led light experience?
by Michael McSwain 5 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 1 month ago
I dunno... as I said above, I've never had one die. I ran a test once and got bored after 8 hours and turned it off. It was still going then. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative
Depth of Field -correct lens?
by Adam Salgat 2 months ago
I have a Canon T4i with the stock lens. I want to get the depth of field seen in this video.... http: www.doingmoretogether.com nicolas-story.html Any suggestions on what lens I should buy
Re: Depth of Field -correct lens?
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
That's ok... there's always room to learn and sources to do so. I'm still learning new tips and tricks all the time... and how to do things better, faster, and often more inexpensively. I can light be
Canon C300 File Structure Issue
by Peter Vandall 2 months ago
Hi all, I recently received a hard drive with what I believe a ton of c300 B-roll. I am using Final Cut X, and the AE that set up the footage I think changed the folder file structure, resulting in FC
Re: Canon C300 File Structure Issue
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Yes, the numeric name of the card's root folder is year, month, day... followed by six more digits. I don't know what those digits are. Yes, they might indeed be time of day. I don't know any way to g
Best Lights To Illuminate Green Screen (not object lights- example pic)
by Kyle Campbell 6 months ago
I'm trying to figure out this green screen stuff- currently using a halogen work light (such as for auto repair work) on each side of my green screen. THE PROBLEM: The height of the bulb(from the grou
Re: Best Lights To Illuminate Green Screen (not object lights- example pic)
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Haaa.... sure. Their components are so cheap it would probably literally cost more to ship them to you than for you to buy the parts. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director
DIY 1K and 2K dimmers
by Rick Wise 2 months ago
Anyone have good plans for making DIY 1K and 2K dimmers And or, sources for "cheap" dimmers to handle 1K and 2K. I'm not finding much online. Rick Wise Cinematographer Lighting and Camera Instructor A
Re: DIY 1K and 2K dimmers
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Oh, as I'm sure you know, Mark, there's a whole long list of things you should never buy at Harbor Freight.... Or do you have a workshop full of bright orange "Chicago Tools" power tools :) I'll have
Article: Ten Tips to Indie Filmmaking
by Rick Castaneda 2 months ago
Indie Film & Documentary Ten Tips to Indie Filmmaking We love talking about tools and technologies, but there's a lot more to filmmaking than cameras and computers. Writer director producer Rick Cast
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Abraham Chaffin liked this 2 months ago
Re: Ten Tips to Indie Filmmaking
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Great to see Jeffrey Waldron mentioned as DP on this project. I've said for years that if I ever get to make that elusive feature, that Jeff would definitely shoot it. He's hands down the best DP that
DV vs HDV for web use
by Rob Gutermuth 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 4 months ago
DIY Background Roller A DIY roller system for seamless background paper, less than 10 bucks in parts. watch instructional
Article: “Before I forget: don’t wear any underwear.”
by Tim Wilson 6 months ago
Field Production Before I forget: don t wear any underwear. Before coming to Creative COW, before his lives in product marketing and product management at Avid and Boris FX, Creative COW Editor-in-Ch
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Re: “Before I forget: don’t wear any underwear.”
by Todd Terry 6 months ago
".., the primary difference between an alligator and a crocodile is that nobody gets in the water with crocodiles." Well just to be on the safe side, I'll choose neither. Fun story. T2 _______________
Cropping and feathering an EFFECT on an Adjustment Layer in Premiere Pro
by Steven Miori 7 months ago
ok so here's what I want to do: I have a lower third that is to be inserted regularly into a broadcast program. I want the lower third to apply a gaussian blur to the main video track of the program b
Re: Cropping and feathering an EFFECT on an Adjustment Layer in Premiere Pro
by Todd Terry 7 months ago
Steven... While this is not hard to do at all, I don't know any conceivable way that it could be created as a single little stand-along thing (single image, file, or whatever) that can be easily and i
Release form on private property
by Malcolm Birch 7 months ago
Hi. I am going to be doing some filming on private property (a restaurant). I will have full permission from the owner to access and film on the property but there will be guests on-site. My question
Re: Release form on private property
by Todd Terry 7 months ago
Yes you need releases from all talent appearing. If this is a project for which you will be seeking a distributor you will likely need a property release as well. That part is not a true legality, but
Sony HVR-S270E eyecup
by Darren Edwards 8 months ago
We are seeking a replacement Sony HVR-S270E eyecup (full size model). Any help appreciated. Thanks, Darren. (Head of Television, The One Point) http: www.youtube.com user darrenpce
Re: Sony HVR-S270E eyecup
by Todd Terry 8 months ago
Well, I tend to agree... But... it all comes down to how much you need that tiny bit of flimsy rubber. If it's a "can't do without it" situation, then you have to have it. If it's something that you m
Article: TV's All-time Greatest Openings Friday Night ABC 1971-72
by Tim Wilson 8 months ago
TV & Movie Appreciation TV's All-time Greatest Openings Friday Night ABC 1971-72 Talking about great movie title sequences is pretty common, but talking about great TV opening sequences typically beg
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Marco Solorio liked this 8 months ago
Re: TV's All-time Greatest Openings Friday Night ABC 1971-72
by Todd Terry 8 months ago
Why did I call Tim RON Forgive me, it's Tim, Tim, Tim.... T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.com
Breaking the Happy Birthday monopoly
by Mark Suszko 10 months ago
I wish this guy every success: http: www.seattlepi.com news article Happy-Birthday-to-You-copyright-suit-filed-in-NY-4598832.php He's making a doc to get sued by Warner Chapel so a judge can make a ru
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Mike Smith liked this 10 months ago
Re: Breaking the Happy Birthday monopoly
by Todd Terry 10 months ago
Shane, Sports Night's look feel mood and style constantly evolved over the course of its two seasons. Compare the first couple of shows to the last couple and they don't even resemble each other. And
Can HDV and AVCHD play together nicely?
by Josue M Sisco 4 years ago
Hi!, I work in a church and we want to shoot a nice vid of a concert we're planning on doing. The thing is that we're very short on our budget. Right now we have two Sony HVR-HD100U, and we're plannin
Re: Can HDV and AVCHD play together nicely?
by Todd Terry 10 months ago
Leslie Harris-Senac "The AVCHD footage was compressed to HDV to match the other footage." Yikes, I'd say that was a major judgement error there. While, as I said, HDV and AVCHD are both decent acquis
Sony V1E and Sony Z5 Change to Correct Tape Format
by Sam Hepworth 10 months ago
Hi, I'm having some problems trying to capture some footage. I've been given some tapes that have been recorded in HDV using a Sony Z5. I'm trying to capture the tapes using a Sony V1E but when I try
Re: Sony V1E and Sony Z5 Change to Correct Tape Format
by Todd Terry 10 months ago
I'm with Michael.... I strongly suspect that your V1E simply will not play tapes that were recorded in whatever mode the Z5 recorded them in. Canon users see this all the time... recording HDV in Cano
Credits documentary - how should I be credited?
by Sabina Brennan 11 months ago
I conceptualised and secured funding for a large project which has at its core a 60 minute doc and 6x2.5 min graphics. The doc is a combination of live footage interspersed with the animatics which fo
Re: Credits documentary - how should I be credited?
by Todd Terry 10 months ago
You were the money person, you shaped the scope of the film, you facilitated getting the people in the film, generated script input... ergo you are pretty clearly the PRODUCER. Depending on your invol
Another legal question: personal releases
by Chuck Noland 11 months ago
On a documentary I am doing for a church, the church will probably want to sell copies in their book store and online. This by no means will be a monster seller but wouldn't that make it a commercial
Re: Another legal question: personal releases
by Todd Terry 11 months ago
Yeah, good call. It might not be legally required to do it this way and signage may prove to technically be sufficient... but why not get releases I mean really, there's no point whatsoever in not get
What kind of form to use to ensure documentary subjects are commited to the project?
by Caroline Larrouilh 11 months ago
Hello, I am working on a documentary and we have had our participants sign releases which is great but I would also like to have the families we will be filming several time over a year period sign a
Re: What kind of form to use to ensure documentary subjects are commited to the project?
by Todd Terry 11 months ago
I don't have a source for the form that you are seeking, but did want to bring up a point that you might find important... If you are not paying your subjects (which, since this is a doc, I'm assuming
POV in Mirror shot
by donald hume 11 months ago
I am looking to do a POV in a mirror shot for a short film I am making the effect I want is like this, http: www.youtube.com watch v=A9_f1rPgtno you'll notice at 35 seconds he splashes his face with w
Re: POV in Mirror shot
by Todd Terry 11 months ago
That's actually a stunningly good POV shot, one of the best I've ever seen. That was done the classic way to do that... that's not a mirror, but a clear piece of glass (if there is one) that reveals a
How can I beef up some excitement on this documentary?
by Chuck Noland 11 months ago
I've got a small documentary I'm starting for a group that is basically a biography of a public speaker and author of little notoriety. There is no existing footage to work with and so far I can line
Re: How can I beef up some excitement on this documentary?
by Todd Terry 11 months ago
Mark Suszko " I am a fan of building little tableaux of props on a table top and integrating the footage within that... " Good tip, and if you need an example of that watch most any episode of "Datel
Return Key won't play timeline
by Todd Terry 1 year ago
Hi gang... I'm rarely in the Premiere Pro forum, I usually haunt host serveral others forums here on the COW, but now I have a Premiere issue... Two of our suites are identical, Windows 7 machines run
Re: Return Key won't play timeline
by Todd Terry 1 year ago
That did the trick, Tim... one little checkbox, easy fix. We looked and looked for something to that effect, but just didn't see it or wasn't looking in the right place. That's an option that I never
Video: Redstone Federal - White Set
by Todd Terry 1 year ago
Redstone Federal - White Set Example of two television commercials shot on a quickie no-budget foamcore set. The client's only mandate was an "all-white studio." watch commercial


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