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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
Harbor Freight to the rescue
by Todd Terry 24 hours ago
I'll probably post this in Cinematography as well (more appropriate there), but thought I'd pass it along in here, too... some might find it useful. Found myself on location needing a very low but fas
Re: Harbor Freight to the rescue
by Todd Terry 22 hours ago
Hadn't seen that particular plate, Mark... lot of possibilities with that one, too. "Harbor Freight. 'Chicago Tools' is Chinese for 'One Use.'" T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creativ
Down-n-dirty quickie car mount
by Todd Terry 24 hours ago
Thought I'd pass this along... Found myself on location needing a very low but fast dolly shot... faster than I can actually dolly, and much longer than the track we have (I needed to follow a runner
Rack Focus Distortion
by Dave Lewin 2 days ago
I've noticed that the image quality of a rack focus shot can vary greatly from film to film. And I'm referring to big budget films that are likely shot with high-end digital cinema cameras or actual f
Re: Rack Focus Distortion
by Todd Terry 2 days ago
I don't know if there is really a name for that phenomenon. My best guess is that the samples that you see which present this distortion are ones that were shot with anamorphic lenses, whereas the one
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Jib search
by Tony Ingrassia 6 years ago
I'm looking to get a jib dolly combination. I'm thinking about EZ-Jib or Kessler Crane for the jib, and a Matthews Doorway Dolly. Anyone had any experience with these or any other recommendations Righ
Re: Jib search
by Todd Terry 3 days ago
I honestly don't remember all the particulars, Larrin... that was a decision made 15 years ago. I doubt it was price... it was probably because the Standard is literally twice the weight of the Travel
Interview Questions for Documentary
by Greg Ball 3 days ago
We're shooting an interview for an international client. It's for a documentary they are producing. They sent us 12 pages (single spaced) of interview questions. I all of my years I've never seen that
Re: Interview Questions for Documentary
by Todd Terry 3 days ago
Well I think you have to ask yourself (and decide) if you are taking any sort of field producer's role in this project, or the client considers you just a "do what we ask" hired gun that is not lookin
Filming iPhone Screen
by Paul Power 6 days ago
Hello All, Really stumped by this. Looking to film an iPhone screen for an app demo. Will be filming the phone with a green image to key out but I need interaction. Is there any way to freeze the iPho
Re: Filming iPhone Screen
by Todd Terry 3 days ago
Hadn't heard of Trackfinger before the couple of mentions in this thread... it does look pretty cool. Cheap, too. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic E
Equipment rental software
by Sebastiaan Knoops 1 week ago
Hi all, I'm researching the ins and outs of the equipment rental business with an eye on potentially starting a rental house in an underserved location. One of the biggest questions I haven't been abl
Re: Equipment rental software
by Todd Terry 6 days ago
Sebastiaan Knoops "What are your biggest annoyances when renting equipment " We don't have to rent too often, but every now and then we do, usually supplemental HMIs when we have something bigger tha
Any DIY light shaping filter solutions available?
by Clay Vernon 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 weeks 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 1 week 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 weeks 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
Digital signage? Anyone with expertise?
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
Anyone in here have any experience with digital signage ... or experience with vendors for digital signage Tiny bit of backstory... my better half has created all of the graphic design and marketing m
Re: Digital signage? Anyone with expertise?
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
Thanks... will pass all this along. FORTUNATELY I'm just the go-between messenger and otherwise completely uninvolved with this project. The more I hear about it, the happier I am that I'm not in on i
Updating Project Files
by Neal Petrosky 4 weeks ago
I'm in a strange position- My company switched from FCP to Premiere a couple years ago (2012). Up until that point we were using Final Cut Pro to do all of our NLE work. We were approached by an old c
Re: Updating Project Files
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
Bob Cole "I try to archive everything. But it requires a lot of unbilled time" We too save everything. Unless a client would specifically ask me not to (and no one ever has), every estimate and subse
You may all panic now
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
http: gizmodo.com new-software-automatically-edits-out-boring-parts-of-a-1596900816 Oh noes! They's taking our Jerbs I am interested in how the software would tackle a C-SPAN feed.
Re: You may all panic now
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
At minimum it should transition with star wipes. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.com
Who owns the footage?
by Jeff Fink 1 year ago
I recently began shooting a documentary about a fairly well known news story. A friend of mine contacted me about it before it got big asking if I would like to help him make a film about it. I agreed
Re: Who owns the footage?
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
Betting you won't hear back from this guy, Bob. He joined the COW the day he first posted this, and hasn't been back except for two responses. I have a feeling he's one of those guys who was looking f
Need suggestion: Customer misunderstood our package and now asking for free service
by Kelly Luke 3 weeks ago
Hi, All, I'm in the wedding videography business. Need some suggestion on how to deal with this case: 1. Bride+Groom booked our 'Simple' package, the only deliverable is a short 5 min highlight. - We
Re: Need suggestion: Customer misunderstood our package and now asking for free service
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
Scroll back up and re-read Mads' advice. It's right on the money. Although I would be a little surprised that if you went into the job with the couple wanting the super-simple-n-cheap package that you
Non-wide angle lens with deep focus?
by Terry Nutkins 4 weeks ago
Hi there, I am currently shooting a documentary and am wondering if it is at all possible to achieve deep focus with a non-wide angle lens It has proven difficult in certain circumstances to maintain
Re: Non-wide angle lens with deep focus?
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
Rick Wise "That's because a smaller-chip camera needs a wider lens to achieve the same field of view." Yes technically I should have said equivalent focal length, but Rick is absolutely correct in th
shooting efficiency and steadicam
by Larry Watts 4 weeks ago
I've never hired a steadicam operator so this question is from utter ignorance! The shoots are live action drama with multiple actors with a lot of dialogue Can utilizing a steadicam operator increase
Re: shooting efficiency and steadicam
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
Steadicam shooting can indeed affect the speed of a shoot (and edit). Sometimes it makes it faster... sometimes slower. If you have a difficult interior lighting job with all sorts of people and sets
Difference between 2/3" and 4K lens?
by craig reynolds 1 month ago
Could any give a brief overview of the difference between these 2 types of lens Thanks
Re: Difference between 2/3" and 4K lens?
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Well, firstly their intended formats are wildly different... With a 4K camera you are typically (although not always) shooting with at least a 35mm-sized sensor. The 2 3" camera is using a much smalle
Canon XF-305 Assistance needed
by Peter Groom 1 month 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 1 month 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
Video: Honda Commercial
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Honda Commercial Broadcast commercial for North Alabama Honda Dealers Association watch commercial
Recorded to tape, but won't upload.
by Brian Plows 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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
Lighting an open restaurant night scene
by Ali Quintana 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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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Canon C500 Avid work flow
by danielle wang 3 months ago
Hi, I'm about to start a feature shooting with C500 and cutting on Avid. I'm and editor but will be on the on set DIT for the first time. I know I need a good transfer program for the files to a drive
Re: Canon C500 Avid work flow
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
chris king "Since MXF is not a good editing format for NLE system including Avid Media Composer." Well I wouldn't lump them all together like that... I think that's largely an Avid shortcoming. We ed
Camtree / Proaim led light experience?
by Michael McSwain 8 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 __________________________________
Issues with Lectrosonic wireless mic
by Gary Seideman 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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
Cineo vs. Area 48?
by Erik Anschicks 4 months 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 4 months 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
Article: Ten Tips to Indie Filmmaking
by Rick Castaneda 5 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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Re: Ten Tips to Indie Filmmaking
by Todd Terry 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 7 months ago
DIY Background Roller A DIY roller system for seamless background paper, less than 10 bucks in parts. watch instructional
Cropping and feathering an EFFECT on an Adjustment Layer in Premiere Pro
by Steven Miori 10 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 10 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


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