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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
canon c100 will not read any media inserted into camera, recorded card is not showing all media
by Marten Berkman 2 weeks ago
Using the Canon C100 in the field, I shot until the battery was exhausted. had 160 clips on a sandisk 32 gb extreme pro sdhc card. back in studio, plugged camera to power, and will not recognise media
Re: canon c100 will not read any media inserted into camera, recorded card is not showing all media
by Todd Terry 2 days ago
Yeah, the door definitely has to be closed. On the C300, you'll get a warning in the LCD screen and the viewfinder if one of the doors is open. I'm assuming that's the same for the C100 too, so keep a
Shooting stand up comedy
by Shane Copland 3 days ago
Hi all! I'm a comedian and have never had a lot of luck filming my sets. The problem I get is a washed out face (not sure that's the right term. Basically what happens is I'm pale and the spotlight on
Re: Shooting stand up comedy
by Todd Terry 2 days ago
Yeah I suspected you weren't trying to film a Showtime Special, just looking for something for archival or booking, or at best YouTube clips, I didn't get to chime in yet though. Fortunately your prob
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Casting Resources
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
Hey kids... We're always looking for more better avenues for casting talent, especially for commercial production. We typically cast from talent pools of people we know, ask actors we know to recommen
Re: Casting Resources
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
Thanks for the tip, Walter. Atlanta is definitely close enough to be do-able as a talent source for us, even as "local hires"... we've used several different talent agencies from Atlanta for years, as
Rates for Voice-Over...?
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
There are two types of questions posed on the COW that tend to bug the cynical side of me... the first is "How much should I charge for...." and the second is "What camera should I buy " They both ten
Re: Rates for Voice-Over...?
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
Bill Davis " I got bunches of 5 star top ratings, But I also got other ratings all over the place including 1, 2 and 3 stars. At first it baffled me. I didn't expect all 5 stars at all, but there see
for the record - I am slow
by Bob Zelin 3 weeks ago
I have not made so little money since 1999 (the year I moved to Florida from NY). I have done very well this year, but starting in July, I saw that something was wrong, and made very little. As of Aug
Re: for the record - I am slow
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
Stems and Seeds was also the name of a head shop in one episode of King of the Hill.... I miss that show.... https: www.youtube.com watch v=SR6BVuJpEuA T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry
True 28mm for Canon C100 Super35 Sensor
by Travis Wine 1 month ago
So I heard the secret sauce to help maintain a Motion Picture look to any film is by using a 28mm and a 50mm lens. My camera "Canon C100" has a crop factor of 1.5, considering it has a super35mm and n
Re: True 28mm for Canon C100 Super35 Sensor
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Sure thing... and I meant to address this.... "So I heard the secret sauce to help maintain a Motion Picture look to any film is by using a 28mm and a 50mm lens." I don't know who said that, but it's
C-stand sandbag and arm placement questions
by kat hayes 1 month ago
I want to make sure that my C-stands are stable, and I keep seeing conflicting info regarding sandbag placement and arm knob location. I currently positioned the arms and bags based on what seemed sta
Re: C-stand sandbag and arm placement questions
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
I refuse to believe this... Rick, you've only been doing this 40 years longer than me, what can you possibly know :) T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plasti
Pan & Scan Question
by Aaron Cadieux 1 month ago
Hey guys, Not really sure what forum this question is best suited for, but here goes. I am working on a documentary film that involves the use of newspaper articles as b-roll. I am collaborating with
Re: Pan & Scan Question
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
I haven't done that, but it CAN be done. Several years ago Kurt Cobain's diary was published as a book, and they wanted it to appear not as a transcription, but as if looking at the actual diary pages
CTB gels plus umbrellas?
by Matt Tarpley 1 month ago
Hello All, I am working on a shoot where I have a mix of outdoor light and incandescent lights. I plan to gel the lights with 1 2 or full blue to balance with the outdoor light, but I'd also like put
Re: CTB gels plus umbrellas?
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
That works, too. You an also just lay a sheet of gel on your bounce board, too... i.e. if you have big uncut sheets and don't want to hack into them. You have to remember that doubles them, though...
Canon HF M41 10 Foot Wide Green Screen - Full Body?
by Dan Star 1 month ago
I have a 10 ft wide cloth green screen (gs). The Canon HF M41 camera lens cannot film full body without going off gs edges. Is this a physical limitation that cannot be overcome or is this the camera'
Re: Canon HF M41 10 Foot Wide Green Screen - Full Body?
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Depends on a lot of factors... most importantly having perfect lighting, and what you are keying with. An NLE's built-in keyer won't hold a candle to something more advanced like KeyLight or Ultimatte
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Setting Exposure When Filming in Forest?
by Matt Frame 1 month ago
What is the standard rule of thumb when setting the exposure for daylight filming in a shaded forested area that has spots of bright sunlight shining in the background If I set the exposure on the act
Re: Setting Exposure When Filming in Forest?
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
What Rick said... who is invariably right. Also, in a situation like that it helps if you can block you shots so that you are backlit... which you might have opportunities to do in a forest where ther
Transfer android sms to computer
by Eve Eve 1 month ago
As you know, SMS is the basic function of a mobile phone, and we are used to send text messages on many occasions. Want to copy android sms to pc avoid losing them accidently Puzzled in how to transfe
Re: Transfer android sms to computer
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Why is this here And from a brand-new user Those things tend to be SPAM, but can't see how this is. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment,
On-set C500 dailies workflow for Avid?
by Tiffany Dixon 1 month ago
Hello everyone, I'm fast approaching a shoot that needs me to create on-set dailies from the C500, shot in 2K (I don't know if it's 10-bit or 12-bit), synced, LUT(s) applied, then transcoded into DNxH
Re: On-set C500 dailies workflow for Avid?
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Hi Tiffany... I don't want to be one of those "I don't have an answer but I will chime in anyway" people (don't you hate those ), but I will... because I don't want you waiting around for an answer th
Video: DIY Background Roller
by Todd Terry 2 years ago
DIY Background Roller A DIY roller system for seamless background paper, less than 10 bucks in parts. watch instructional
Re: DIY Background Roller
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
@Agnes Marsala "Is this system unable to handle larger and heavier rolls " Well Agnes I think you've proved that it won't. Vinyl is obviously too heavy, I can imagine that it is many times heavier tha
Canon XH-A1 with Letus 35mm Extreme Adapter
by collin leslie 2 months ago
I'll get right to the point. I have a Canon XH-A1 and am using a Letus 35mm Extreme Adapter to get a different look and increase depth of field. I have practiced a lot with different shots, but my sho
Re: Canon XH-A1 with Letus 35mm Extreme Adapter
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Well Collin, as for which big-sensor cameras to consider... Just some guesses, but we don't know a lot of things about you. Firstly, we don't know what kind of projects you might be using a camera for
Coloring bulbs
by Rick Wise 3 months ago
There's a pretty fascinating online post about DIY firelight, using multiple bulbs dipped into different Rosco Colorine colors. (http: nofilmschool.com 2012 07 shane-hurlbut-shows-mimic-fire-light-diy
Re: Coloring bulbs
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Everything in our industry is so expensive because... well, because it can be, I guess. This might bear looking elsewhere... at the Halloween industry. One of my little joys in life is rigging up a bu
c100mII: SloMo "special recording" In Camera vs 60p Post Conform
by Matt Campbell 3 months ago
I've been struggling with trying to figure out or even find research on which is better. Capturing sloMo in camera using the Special Recording function and shooting 60p 24p or just shooting 60p and co
Re: c100mII: SloMo "special recording" In Camera vs 60p Post Conform
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Ahh... I didn't know that the C100 did not have all the frame rates available, I was hoping it did... pity. LOTS of commercial footage (for 24p productions) is shot at 30, 32, and or 36fps... a lot of
Thoughts on LED Studio lights?
by Benjamin Cohen 2 months ago
Im a video producer for a life insurance company, we shoot mostly talking heads. We use some standard soft boxes but they create an awful hum and get HOT! . Are LEDs the way to go If so, how much are
Re: Thoughts on LED Studio lights?
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Vince Becquiot " I'll take Diva 400 over an LED panel any day." In studio, yes, definitely. On location, no... or rather "rarely," if ever. For the last two years we've moved almost exclusively to LE
Warning not to touch the glass on 135W CFL bulbs?
by Ian Brown 2 months ago
I have just bought a simple lighting kit with 2 x 135W CFL bulbs (see photo). Recently I read that you should not handle the glass but don t know exactly why as there could be at least 2 reasons:- 1.
Re: Warning not to touch the glass on 135W CFL bulbs?
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
I refuse to believe that. Live a little, Mark! Touch those bulbs with your bare hands as naked as a newborn! Giggle with the unapologetic naughtiness of it all! Honestly... I've had tons of flo bulbs
Advice on shooting 1st Person POV restaurant scene
by Calvin Gaunce 2 months ago
I have an upcoming shoot where I will need to capture a restaurant scene in first person point-of-view. It seems pretty straight-forward, but I want to make sure it truly looks like the subject's poin
Re: Advice on shooting 1st Person POV restaurant scene
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
I should note that my focal length suggestions are for Super35mm format shooting. Those numbers won't be the same if you are shooting with a smaller-sensor camera (2 3", 1 3", 16mm, GoPro, anything el
Feedback on my first few pieces of cinematography?
by Rhys Warren 2 months ago
Hey everyone, I've been getting into cinematography and would love for you to check out some of my work so far this year! Hope you like it and i love some feedback from you all. I am 18 years old and
Re: Feedback on my first few pieces of cinematography?
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
I was fully prepared to cringe when I read " This is the first time i've done cinematography for anything"... but I took a chance and watched anyway. Surprisingly really REALLY good work. Quite nice,
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Studio Walls/ Designs
by David Kosloski 3 months ago
Hey all, first time posting and super glad I found this forum. I just bought my first house and creating a studio in a small barn out back. It's roughly 316 square feet and is basically a big square.
Re: Studio Walls/ Designs
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Craig Alan "wondering if there isn't some cheap way to help with the noisy vents we live with now " Well yes, if it is just the vents themselves that are noisy... just remove them (not the prettiest
c100 clips inexplicably interlaced with strange motion
by Erick Stoll 7 months ago
Hey All, I'm shooting on a C100 in 24p (23.98) 1080p. Several shots I took recently look very strange--weird, 'slow' movement, and seem to be interlaced. There's no way the camera settings were change
Re: c100 clips inexplicably interlaced with strange motion
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
Erick Stoll "Has anyone heard of an SD card being at fault for a problem like this " Haven't heard of that, but anything is possible (even though I don't see how it could be). I would definitely scra
Anyone experiencing issues with connecting to the Cow?
by Todd Perchert 5 months ago
I'm trying to narrow down problems I'm having specifically with my connection to the Cow. Has there been any issues with the servers that would make connecting a problem I'll view a few threads, then
Re: Anyone experiencing issues with connecting to the Cow?
by Todd Terry 4 months ago
For what it's worth, this just now happened to me again. I could not access the COW, trying different browsers, two different ISPs, and just for the heck of it trying with my phone... But when I tried
Videotape Stock - BetaSP and MiniDV/HDV
by Todd Terry 7 months ago
Cleaning out the studio, we have several cases of BetacamSP and MiniDV (HDV) stock. All virgin tape, still sealed, new in the boxes. All stored in climate-controlled studio. I have it on eBay, hit "Bu
Need advice on an entertainment lawyer for documentary.
by Stephen Pickering 7 months ago
Hi everyone, I have documentary idea I'd like to follow through with, and I've been surprised at the interest there has been from people wanting to help fund it. I've put together an idea of the fundi
Re: Need advice on an entertainment lawyer for documentary.
by Todd Terry 7 months ago
You might have to cast a bit of a wider net... I'd be a little surprised if you found a "real" entertainment lawyer in Wisconsin, or at least one that really knows about and specializes in the film in
Color-blind Documentary research: 3-minute survey
by Robb Jacobson 8 months ago
We are in production for a film about colorblindness. If you're color-blind, you probably don't mind it very much. Most people aren't affected by their color-blindness. This is a film about those whos
Re: Color-blind Documentary research: 3-minute survey
by Todd Terry 8 months ago
Dead link, file doesn't exist. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.com
Film out to 35mm tests.
by Fred van Stry 10 months ago
Hi, I hope Im posting this in the right forum section. I've been trying to look up any tests of digital footage being transferred onto film online. The only things I could check were movies like Dance
Re: Film out to 35mm tests.
by Todd Terry 10 months ago
I don't know of any specific samples to find online... but I recall seeing a samples on the websites of the few labs that did that years ago. Whatever lab you are planning to use surely has samples th
Lawyer Concerns
by Aaron Cadieux 1 year 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 1 year 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
Documentary - a doubt about filmmaking and direction
by Francesca Piccolo 1 year 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 year 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
Still Images - Minimal Interference
by Chris Chalklen 1 year 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 1 year 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
Video: Honda Commercial
by Todd Terry 1 year ago
Honda Commercial Broadcast commercial for North Alabama Honda Dealers Association watch commercial
Recorded to tape, but won't upload.
by Brian Plows 1 year 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 1 year 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
DV vs HDV for web use
by Rob Gutermuth 2 years 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 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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
Cropping and feathering an EFFECT on an Adjustment Layer in Premiere Pro
by Steven Miori 2 years 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 2 years 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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