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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
Minimum Ceiling Height For Proper Lighting
by Dan Pullit 3 days ago
Hello folks, I'm in the process of acquiring a space for video work. I was wondering what is the minimum ceiling height requirements so as to be able to shoot video. I know this is somewhat arbitrary,
Re: Minimum Ceiling Height For Proper Lighting
by Todd Terry 19 hours ago
Cool... I actually haven't seen pantographs in years. The TV station I worked for many many moons ago ditched a whole boatload of them quite a while back when they switched to poles and trombones inst
How long should a demo reel be?
by Cody Walters 2 days ago
Simple question, low long can you take until you are done watching a demo reel Is 1 minute appropriate for this Thanks for the advice! Cody Walters Houston Video Production Houston Wedding Videographe
Re: How long should a demo reel be?
by Todd Terry 21 hours ago
Nick Griffin "Come to think of it, that's pretty much what I do these days when looking for VO talent" Exactly the same with me. When casting voice talent I'll typically have about 80-100 auditions t
backing up c300 footage
by Jack Blanton 2 years ago
When you're shooting with the canon c300 to CF cards, can you backup the footage to an external drive by manually copying and pasting everything on the CF card to an external drive Or, do you have to
Re: backing up c300 footage
by Todd Terry 5 days ago
Did you back up all the files by simply dragging the "CONTENTS" folder from the card to your computer If so, no problem, the XF utility can still handle that fine, you would just go to FILE SET VIRTUA
employer re-edits in the middle of edit
by John A. Calhoun 2 weeks ago
I'm a freelance editor and the person I'm editing for radically re-edits the video before giving to client. Then I do revisions, he re-edits, back to client, etc. It gets annoying when I have to edit
Re: employer re-edits in the middle of edit
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
I know that can be super annoying, and like you said is no doubt very frustrating. However... unpleasant as you might find it, I think the best route is just to suck it up and do it. As you said, this
Buying a new camera for fiction
by Philippe Orlando 2 weeks ago
Good morning everybody I've used until today a Canon XH-A1 for short films as well as a HVX 200 Time to retire those two. I have saved a budget of $ 5000 to buy a new acquisition system. 5000 bucks is
Re: Buying a new camera for fiction
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
Well I second the C100 as an outstanding camera choice... I shoot with the C300 every day (same sensor) and everything in the C line is awesome (C100 300 500). BUT... Philippe said he had $5K max to s
Drones: Best way to learn - buy or rent?
by Sean Kirkland 2 weeks ago
Hi: Anyone who's used owns a drone... I'm wanting to get my hands on one of these and learn how to use it for upcoming productions (real estate videos, mostly). I know if you're going to use it a good
Re: Drones: Best way to learn - buy or rent?
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
Well firstly, maybe you have and maybe they are out there, but I've never heard of any place that will rent a quadcopter. Considering with the lower-end ones and newbie pilots about one out of 10 flig
Camera or settings?
by sam leonard 2 weeks ago
Hi, im a little stuck on whether the following footage is a fualt with the settings, and i can fix in post. OR The Canon handicam has had it.... Thoughts Am with client atm! Thanks, Sam camera used is
Re: Camera or settings?
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
Obviously you have big issues there. Does the footage look like that when you play it back in camera, and view it on the camera's LCD screen If so, you have a problem with the camera. Or... does the f
HMIs? Lighting a Penthouse and Bathrooms/Vanities - Need Advice
by Joe Murgia 3 weeks ago
Hi Everybody, I usually only work on reality shows and the shows I have worked on have not required any complicated lighting. Usually, I'm bouncing Arri 650s and using an Arri kit for interviews. Also
Re: HMIs? Lighting a Penthouse and Bathrooms/Vanities - Need Advice
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
HMIs would definitely be helpful in the penthouse setting... you wouldn't have to have them, but that's what I'd use. I'd get one or two 1200w PAR or fresnel HMIs (my personal preference is for fresne
XF300 .mxf files - horizontal distortion/gilitches
by Bill Connell 3 weeks ago
I have footage from a wedding video shot on a Canon XF300 that contains footage that shows horizontal distortion and glitches from one of the cards. The card was directly dumped into a folder from a C
Re: XF300 .mxf files - horizontal distortion/gilitches
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
Couldn't say what the problem is, although I suspect a card malfunction. I believe you'd have a lot more hope for successfully recovering the footage if you still had the camera card, but since it has
Videotape Stock - BetaSP and MiniDV/HDV
by Todd Terry 3 weeks 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
Order of lens filter. Black Pro Mist 1/4 and ND filter
by Adrian Smith 3 weeks ago
My son asked me this question last night - he's taking a film video course at school. I wasn't sure that it made any difference which order you placed the filters over the lens - Black Pro Mist and ND
Re: Order of lens filter. Black Pro Mist 1/4 and ND filter
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
I'd be interested in hearing what other people say, but as far as I'm concerned you gave the right advice... "whichever way looks best." Obviously you can do it either way, I would suspect that depend
which interview lights?
by Gary Linzer 3 weeks ago
Hi, I'm going to do a series of interviews mostly shooting one person. There may be times I'll interview three people at the same time. I was thinking about buying the litepanel 1x1's but saw they now
Re: which interview lights?
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
Well I wouldn't worry about "overkill" that much with the Astras, as you don't have to "use it all"... they are continuously variable 0-100% with (supposedly) no color shift. So if that's the only thi
Ed Sabol, RIP
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
Ed Sabol, founder of NFL Films, has died at 98. He was responsible for more feet of film than, oh, just about anyone. He certainly built a niche into an empire. T2 __________________________________ T
Re: Ed Sabol, RIP
by Nick Griffin 3 weeks ago
One of my favorite quotes, as well as the way I attempt to run my business. "You remember the quality long after you forget the price" -Ed Sabol
Old film... save it, or ditch it?
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
Having a little bit of a dilemma... At our place we claim to "save everything forever," as far as assets to past projects go. While trying to clean up a little bit today in the studio (since the stage
Re: Old film... save it, or ditch it?
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
Hmmm... one could look at this as an opportunity to develop an in-house telecine transfer capability... there are DIY solutions out there. Some of them, pretty sophisticated, and semi-automatic. Sound
Superb Owl spots commentary
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Super Spots 2015 review Pregame: I enjoyed John Legend on the piano, but thought the Anthem was over-done as usual. The Chevy pickup truck campaign: #trying WAY 2 hard 2 over-compensate 1st Quarter: M
Re: Superb Owl spots commentary
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
One thing that I meant to mention but completely forgot until now... maybe this thread is still being watched.... The game itself was seen at 60i, obviously. BUT the halftime show was either at 24p or
C100/C100 Mark II camcorder thoughts.. coming from a DSLR background.
by Marios Karageorgiou 1 month ago
Hi everyone, Im working on a web TV channel that I do as Camera operator and post production a lot of interviews and TV series and recently I sold my gear (5d3, lenses, flash, rigs, tripods etc) to mo
Re: C100/C100 Mark II camcorder thoughts.. coming from a DSLR background.
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Marios Karageorgiou " is there no difference in the way these cameras sensors process the images " There probably, is, but I'm no tech guy so I couldn't say much about the technicalities of how the i
c100 clips inexplicably interlaced with strange motion
by Erick Stoll 1 month 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 1 month ago
While you can do that, I'm guessing that would yield the same effect as merging the fields that I suggested in a post above. You'd have a progressive file then, but it would still be obvious that it w
Geoff Boyle
by Rick Wise 1 month ago
Here's a terrific six-minute piece by Geoff Boyle that discusses "film looks" and digital. He also mentions a relatively new software called FilmConvert ($200) that I have yet to try but looks very pr
Re: Geoff Boyle
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Good find, Rick... a very worthwhile watch. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.com
Which do you prefer....
by Harry Pallenberg 1 month ago
Seems like 90% of the infinite white shots I see have no face shadows - like on the left. Why The pic on the right probably has a bit too hard a nose shadow - but a bit softer might be ok Thanks, Harr
Re: Which do you prefer....
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
In this type of setup, I personally like some shadows modeling. I've tried the total-no-shadows look using a ringlight, but except for high-fashion stuff it just looks wrong to me. That being said, I
Green screen lighting conundrum 2015
by andy lewis 1 month ago
My turn for some green screen advice (hopefully). We'll be filming 4 or 5 kids (up to 12 years old) dancing in front of green screen. We'll be doing this many times over 3 months. The room is 43' by 1
Re: Green screen lighting conundrum 2015
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
It's very unlike me to disagree with anything Dennis would ever say. I'll concede that Dennis is a lighting expert of the highest level... and knows at least, oh, a thousand times more about this stuf
Anyone in or near Hartford CT?
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
I'm hoping this forum is still getting some traffic... there have hardly been any "real" posts in here in weeks.... I'm cross-posting this in Business and Marketing (my usual haunt), with everyone's k
Need advice on an entertainment lawyer for documentary.
by Stephen Pickering 2 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 2 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
Normal-to-Slow Motion Shutter Speed and Frame Playback Rate
by Rob Jennings 2 months ago
I'm planning to shoot basketball footage and would like to play with time remapping in post. Most footage will play back at normal speed but spectacular highlights will slow down using time remapping.
Re: Normal-to-Slow Motion Shutter Speed and Frame Playback Rate
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
It's a little bit of a "I want my cake and eat it, too" situation, as you simultaneously two things that are very different. It's not quite "I can only have one thing, so I'll have a pork chop and a p
How do they get clear, smooth, motion blurless shaky footage for action shots in the films?
by Gabriel Zybutz 2 months ago
I use the panasonic gh4 with a small rig and am shooting at 24fps I want to achieve shaky handheld footage for action shots and walking shots with as little motion blur as possible (a very clear image
Re: How do they get clear, smooth, motion blurless shaky footage for action shots in the films?
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
The "narrow shutter" look is really very simple, you just shoot at a higher shutter speed. 1 100 isn't cutting it... that's just not fast enough. Depending on how fast your action is, I'd try 1 250th
a video I shot recently
by Hristo Petkov 2 months ago
Hi everyone, I just edited a video I shot recently. I decided to tell the story entirely with real life scenes. What do you think I will appreciate some honest opinion. Shot on the 5D MKII. https: www
Re: a video I shot recently
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
I'm with Rick... some VERY nice shots. As far as editing flow along with composition goes, I really liked the very last sequence best, with all of the Wes Anderson-esque perfectly symmetrical shots. W
Color-blind Documentary research: 3-minute survey
by Robb Jacobson 3 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 3 months ago
Dead link, file doesn't exist. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.com
Need tripod legs suggestions for 100mm O'Connor
by Seth Marshall 3 months ago
I'm going to call O'Connor in the morning but wanted opinions or alternatives to the O'Connor 30L tripod (legs). I love my 1030HDS head and want to get another (which has been updated). My previous mo
Re: Need tripod legs suggestions for 100mm O'Connor
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
Seth Marshall "30L goes down to 22" And the 35A will technically do down even more than that, because you can completely release the aircraft-cable spreader, and the legs will go all the way out so t
What is the point of White Balancing
by Declan Smith 3 months ago
We've all been taught to always white balance before shooting, which is something that I would never fail to do (ok, perhaps occasionally!!). But, I have recently got another Canon XLH1. On a multi ca
Re: What is the point of White Balancing
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
I'd personally "fix it in post," even though I hate when people say that, because you are right in that it is usually easier better faster cheaper to do it right in the first place. However, since I v
Film out to 35mm tests.
by Fred van Stry 5 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 5 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 7 months 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 6 months 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 8 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 8 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
Still Images - Minimal Interference
by Chris Chalklen 8 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 8 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
Video: Honda Commercial
by Todd Terry 9 months ago
Honda Commercial Broadcast commercial for North Alabama Honda Dealers Association watch commercial
Recorded to tape, but won't upload.
by Brian Plows 10 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 10 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
DV vs HDV for web use
by Rob Gutermuth 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago
DIY Background Roller A DIY roller system for seamless background paper, less than 10 bucks in parts. watch instructional


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