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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
Scoring / Composer
by Todd Terry 13 hours ago
We usually buy production music, but we're coming up on a project that needs to be custom scored. I'm looking for someone who can write, score orchestrate, and produce deliver a music track. Basically
GoPro Hacks?
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Honestly I'm not a huge fan of GoPros (I think I'm the only one who isn't), but I have a situation where they might be the best choice. I'm trying to figure out if there's a way to make them a better
Re: GoPro Hacks?
by Todd Terry 5 days ago
This project has had a bit of a delay... so I thought I'd update on some specs in case anyone was curious. We still need to do another round of testing, but I think we are going to forego the GoPros a
Where's your footage coming from?
by Tim Wilson 2 weeks ago
A little bit of general conversation to throw in the mix: Are you shooting it yourself Are clients bringing it to you Are you part of an editorial team on the post side of a production, production com
Re: Where's your footage coming from?
by Todd Terry 5 days ago
Tim Wilson " I meant to write you and ask where the heck your reply is." Somehow I just overlooked this post and it's 893 replies. Dunno why, just didn't see it... but glad I found it, very cool to r
Finding New Clients
by Greg Ball 1 week ago
Hi all, I have a question to ask you. How are you all finding new clients for your video business We're using Google advertising, however the cost of acquiring a single client is too high for us to su
Re: Finding New Clients
by Todd Terry 1 week ago
It's tough. I'd say Mark's advice about concentrating on a particular area is very good. People like seeing work from their same realms. Unfortunately, non-creatives tend to not have much vision. We o
Do you charge client for stock footage?
by Ilana Ellis 3 weeks ago
I do freelance editing work which often heavily relies on stock video and music. My usual model is to use the stock clips I like best (watermarked) in the rough cut animatic and try to gather alternat
Re: Do you charge client for stock footage?
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
John Cuevas " Does anyone charge for stock footage that they purchased for Client A, and then use it client D's video " Absolutely. We do that all the time. Often it's not as much as the clip's full
Drone, Shmone.
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
I'm showing a little bit of my cranky acerbic side, I guess. But it is the hot part of the year and what news editors call "silly season", so it might be the right time to put on a fresh Onion Belt an
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Re: Drone, Shmone.
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
Mark Suszko "...they start looking for a way to use the thing... when it really should be the other way around, don't you think " Sure, but that happens all the time, like in the examples you cited.
Use XF300 as Skype Camera
by Christopher Hill 4 weeks ago
Is it possible to use my Canon XF300 as a "webcam" specifically for use with Skype Maybe with some sort of external capture device or converter adapter. I'm open to any solutions.
Re: Use XF300 as Skype Camera
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
Christopher... I raised exactly this same question earlier this year in another COW forum. I needed to do a very similar thing (although for different reasons). You might read through the advice I got
Lav mic recommendations
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Hello gang... I'm a foreign face here... although I haunt the COW daily and host several forums, they are all on the visual side of things. I'm here in a bit of unknown territory on the audio side, so
Re: Lav mic recommendations
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
Thanks for reply... and all great suggestions. Most of which are (sadly) impractical in this situation (isn't that always the way ). Yeah I don't think I'd even consider directional lavs (I frankly di
Need a Sign board for my shop
by carter harriett 1 month ago
I am running a digital shop in Toronto . I heard that sign boards play a big role in getting more business and it can helps to attract more customers to my store. I need a attractive sign board for my
Re: Need a Sign board for my shop
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
carter harriett "Please help me with your suggestions." Ok, here's one... don't spam industry forums with totally transparent sales pitches. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative
Mics for interviews, connected to camera - MKH 416, MKH50, Sanken CS-3e
by André Mascarenhas 1 month ago
Hi there, I'm a videographer, running my own production company, and I'm looking to upgrade my main mic for interviews. I currently have a Sennheiser MKE600 (I also have lavs, but here I'd like to hav
Re: Mics for interviews, connected to camera - MKH 416, MKH50, Sanken CS-3e
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
I'm not an audio expert by any stretch (I'm a director and DP by profession), but I happened to be in this forum seeking advice about something else and saw this and thought I'd chime in just from a l
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How would you light this scene?
by Eddie Brown 1 month ago
Hey, I'm a scene coming up that takes place in a hotel room and wanted to get some feedback on how one might light this. I've included stock photos of the the room that I'll be shooting in. This will
Re: How would you light this scene?
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Rick's questions are good ones. I'll add one or two more.... What look are you going for With that room and the windows, there might be some scenes that are perfectly good (and look the way you want)
VR - will it be DOA just like stereo 3D ?
by Oliver Peters 3 months ago
Obviously VR is going to be a big deal here at NAB. Adobe has tossed its hat into the ring with integrated tools in Premiere Pro. OTOH, Apple is more stand-off-ish, even on the consumer side. My thoug
Re: VR - will it be DOA just like stereo 3D ?
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
I generally roll my eyes a little quietly to myself when someone chimes in out of the blue in an old thread... but now I'm going to be that guy. I'll preface this by saying that I'm one of those crank
DXL Panavision
by Aaron Star 2 months ago
There is a new 8K camera released by Panavision this week. Mainly it looks like Panavision has rolled their own version of the RED Dragon 8K camera. http: www.hollywoodreporter.com behind-screen panav
Re: DXL Panavision
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Ah... had time to read for a sec... Panavision says it uses the 8k RED sensor. So specs-wise I imagine it is sorta like having a Dragon but with a Panavision lens mount. I'm sure there are lots of oth
Wait for it......
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Wait for it.... https: www.youtube.com watch v=TjSxVBW3Vx8
Re: Wait for it......
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
OUCH!!!! I was anticipating him falling down during that dancing or gyrating.... but that was even more dramatic. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic E
Health Insurance
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
It's been a while since this was discussed in here (at least a brief search shows that), so it got me wondering if any of you have had any changes (or plans to change) how you are handling health insu
Re: Health Insurance
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
I personally want nothing for free (you get what you pay for, ya know), nor was I asking for it. I do want a good and fair value, though... was interested in what others are doing. I'm all for decent
Best Green Screen Fabric Options
by Ken S. 2 months ago
I am wondering if any of you have used this green screen fabric and what do you think of it. I am doing a setup in a small studio with a low 9 foot ceiling and need something that is least reflective
Re: Best Green Screen Fabric Options
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
I'm not sure if the extra expense of that fabric will solve the issues that you have, you might be fine with what you've got. The "nappy" surface of that fabric does make for good greenscreening... be
Camcorder VS DSLR
by Oliver Smith 2 months ago
I am just wondering what people generally use, a DSLR or a Camcorder or do you vary it on what type of event you are filming, I often see people using DSLR'S to film on yet wonder why I myself looked
Re: Camcorder VS DSLR
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
I just realized I intended to respond to the original question (DSLR or camcorder), and didn't... I use both. I use a DSLR when I shoot stills, and a cine camera when I'm shooting footage. Just as the
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Hard Drive for Audio and Video production. Need advice.
by Bryce Douglass 2 months ago
Hopefully this is the right section to post this. I didn't see a hard drive section or hardware section. For a year I've had constant mess with hard drive organization. i'd like to solve that but not
Re: Hard Drive for Audio and Video production. Need advice.
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Alrighty... as I said, whatever works for ya. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.com
School Mascot Illustration
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
Create "Jaguar" and "Wildcat" school mascot illustrations for a high school and middle school. Appropriate for all school uses (sports teams, signage, tee shirts, etc.). Create finished vector files u
Off-Topic, but… (about remote interviewing, via Net)
by Ralph Chaney 3 months ago
Sorry for the off-topic, but I really value the combined experience and talent of the group here. I need to interview a number of people around the country and do it remotely, me in Calif. and others
Re: Off-Topic, but… (about remote interviewing, via Net)
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
I would take all of Mark's very good advice to heart. But I would also be very very wary having the interviewees do absolutely anything on the technical side of things other than the very very bare mi
LitePanels Astra
by Todd Terry 4 months ago
When we started moving to LED instruments a couple years ago (or was it more ...hard to remember), it was pretty much a wildly new and different thing. So... we just sort of tested the waters by buyin
Re: LitePanels Astra
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
Hey Bob.... I probably didn't "process the choices" very well or do exhaustive research. After a while I just decided it was time to stop thinking it to death and just pull trigger and buy one... thin
HD Video camera as webcam
by clyde villegas 3 months ago
How do you make a video camera with HDMI work as a webcam The platform that we'll be using only accepts webcam. So we would probably need to convert the HDMI to USB to "fool" the system that we're usi
Re: HD Video camera as webcam
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
You need both software and hardware... I've been looking to do this as well, but for a personal project so I've been looking for a real "bargain basement" solution (which there doesn't seem to be). Yo
Canon C300 - Anyone recommend a Film/Cinema look profile that i can use for project.
by Gordon Henry 4 months ago
Canon C300 - Can Anyone recommend a Film Cinema look profile that i can use for a project in africa. Thanks GH
Re: Canon C300 - Anyone recommend a Film/Cinema look profile that i can use for project.
by Todd Terry 4 months ago
I've only ever used internal recording with the C300, recording to dual slots. I've never run across any reason to use an external recorder with it... at least not yet. T2 ____________________________
Lighting Equipment- A good problem
by Keith Hochreiter 4 months ago
I have been told that I am able to purchase lighting equipment for a new video broadcast studio in the high school in which I work. I am new to this and I need help. Are there basics that I need As in
Re: Lighting Equipment- A good problem
by Todd Terry 4 months ago
Very good, maybe you will get a better idea of what you are facing when you get to a practical setting and see all of the goings-on. The church might be helpful, but I'd expect the TV station trip to
Seamless vs Muslin for ChromaKey
by Alexander Perlman 4 months ago
Our company has a white cycwall with Altman Spectra Cyc lights pointing at it from a grid. They been setting the lights to chroma green for green screen shoots but the keys look terrible for a number
Re: Seamless vs Muslin for ChromaKey
by Todd Terry 4 months ago
Yeah, you'll get better results from a real greenscreen rather than trying to paint a white cyc with green light, that's for sure. It sort of depends on your usage and how often you need it. If this i
Question About Crop Factor Differences
by enrique bartolo 4 months ago
Okay so its like this, lets say I have a Micro Four Thirds prime lens with a focal length of 35mm, but I only have a Black Magic Pocket and a Sony a7. Now lets also assume the lens mounts into the Poc
Re: Question About Crop Factor Differences
by Todd Terry 4 months ago
Ehh... I think you're thinking of things in a little bit of a wacky way, or at least a way that I've never quite heard anyone put it. A couple of things... enrique bartolo "is there any changes in qua
Merge Canon MXF files
by Teresa Bush 4 years ago
Anyone used Canon XF Utility 1.2 on Mac or Windows Or how would you merge the MXF files Canon XF camcorders have 2GB limit for MXF video. While make a long recording, the clip is save in multiple file
Re: Merge Canon MXF files
by Todd Terry 4 months ago
I should have added, that it sounds like your company is needing something but doesn't have the hardware software needed to do it (or the personnel that knows how, by your own admission). If you want
Would this work to diffuse my Joker Bugs?
by Mark Suszko 5 months ago
Got a shot coming up, two-person interview here: You're looking West in mid-afternoon, shoot is in the morning. I've got two Joker Bug 400 HMI's to light this with, plus what is in my Lowel kits. Gell
Re: Would this work to diffuse my Joker Bugs?
by Todd Terry 5 months ago
Happy to buy you some and overnight it to you if you need it... because that's just the kind of guy I am. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertain
No External Audio Recognized - Canon XA25
by Lindsay Simpson 7 months ago
Howdy, I've been working with a Canon XA25 regularly for the past couple of years. An attempted shoot today was canceled because the camera is no longer recognizing the external audio inputs. The buil
Re: No External Audio Recognized - Canon XA25
by Todd Terry 5 months ago
Well hopefully the original poster solved the problem a couple of months ago. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.
C100 tech shooting question: ND filters & ISO
by Joseph Livesey 6 months ago
I have a question, which is perhaps a bit stupid, but one I still don't get: I understand the following increase and reduce exposure in different directions--ND filters, ISO, opening closing the apert
Re: C100 tech shooting question: ND filters & ISO
by Todd Terry 6 months ago
Exposing with a gray card is ok... if you are shooting a movie about gray cards. But in real life the exposures, in various places and orientations and lighting situations, just aren't going to be the
Video: DIY Background Roller
by Todd Terry 3 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 1 year 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
Anyone experiencing issues with connecting to the Cow?
by Todd Perchert 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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
Video: Honda Commercial
by Todd Terry 2 years ago
Honda Commercial Broadcast commercial for North Alabama Honda Dealers Association watch commercial
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