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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
Best 3 Camera Stabilizers for Red Epic
by Dennis Rodman 3 days ago
The Red Epic is a kind of digital camera designed for cinematography. It is the top of the range of the Red series. The most outstanding feature of Red Epic is its Mysterium-X 5k sensor. For this reas
Re: Best 3 Camera Stabilizers for Red Epic
by Todd Terry 2 days ago
Yeah I was crazy with them for a while. When I was shooting a lot of 35mm I used to have the colorist telecine the footage all straight... then do another pass with all the footage canted a bit right,
Image brightening and darkening when action goes across screen
by Jaeson Jrakman 3 days ago
Hello, I'm currently using a Canon camera to shoot video and I'm having an issue with the image brightening and darkening, and even changing color a bit, whenever someone walks into frame. Right now I
Re: Image brightening and darkening when action goes across screen
by Todd Terry 3 days ago
Jaeson Jrakman "I too always thought that shutter speed referred to the 29.97 fps that I normally shoot in." Noooo noo.... shutter speed and frame rate are two entirely different things, although som
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Growing my business
by John Morgera 4 days ago
Hi, I'm a videographer editor in the Philadelphia market, and am looking to get more work. Right now I work full time at a television station, and use my off days to get as much freelance work as I ca
Re: Growing my business
by Todd Terry 4 days ago
I'm not adding much new, just to echo Mark's sentiments that you really need to differentiate the sides of your business.... brides-to-be definitely don't want a corporate video guy... and a lot of pe
Defining rounds of revisions
by Greg Ball 5 days ago
I've recently added in revisions into my agreements. Usually I say that it includes 2 rounds of revisions. I just had a project that seemed to have excess revisions beyond simple changes. They wanted
Re: Defining rounds of revisions
by Todd Terry 4 days ago
Cool, glad you guys were able to connect. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.com
UDIM User Memo metadata useful?
by Ray Kowalchuk 5 days ago
We use Canon XF305 cameras and one XF105. I've come across the UMID metadata settings in the menu (Country code, organization code, user code) and set them, but the manual says that the "Canon XF Util
Re: UDIM User Memo metadata useful?
by Todd Terry 5 days ago
It just depends on how you work. All that info could be greatly useful... if you need it. And some people probably do. For others, like me, it's a solution in search of a problem. I don't need it, so
Canon C 300. Shooting slow motion at 720p/29.97p
by Daniel Whiteneck 2 weeks ago
Conversation started today Danny Whiteneck 7:56am Hello all. I'm working on a TV show that shoots several different frame rates and resolutions. We shoot the primary footage (interviews, reality, etc)
Re: Canon C 300. Shooting slow motion at 720p/29.97p
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
Actually, Rich is right... and I will freely admit that I was totally wrong when I said what they were asking for couldn't be done. It can be, and actually that's the way I do it all the time, myself.
Pulldown Screen VS White Rolldown Paper... for white background
by Travis Roesler 1 year ago
Alright guys... so now that this lighting set-up is done, I'm having a problem with the backdrop. The white paper rolls are annoying, they crumple, they're hard to roll back up, and are generally cumb
Re: Pulldown Screen VS White Rolldown Paper... for white background
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
Steve Stapleton "Can you send me the DIY setup video you reference " Did you watch the video I posted further up in this thread That's really all I have to offer as far as instructions, etc., it's pr
Super 16 cameras
by David Mathis 2 weeks ago
Interested in using a film camera and was curious to know if anyone stll manafacturers this type of camera. Thank you in advance.
Re: Super 16 cameras
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
First question, "Why " That's what most people will ask you, me included a bit (I haven't shot film in years)... but I still support shooting film... maybe not so much for doing anymore, but for learn
Minimum Ceiling Height For Proper Lighting
by Dan Pullit 2 months 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 3 weeks ago
Craig Alan "...really as tall and as big as you can afford is the practical answer." Yep... and there's plenty of learning to "make do" if you don't have that luxury, too. I enjoy perusing the specs
Choice of frame rate for web video, with possibility of later Blu-ray mastering?
by Jarkko Laiho 3 weeks ago
I'm planning on shooting some videos that will primarily be delivered over the web, but keeping in mind a possibility for Blu-ray disc distribution later on. I was unsure about where to post the quest
Re: Choice of frame rate for web video, with possibility of later Blu-ray mastering?
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
Hi Jarkko... In your case you'll want 29.97fps, progressive (assuming the BMPC will shoot that, which I'm guessing it will). Obviously you will want to do all your post and mastering at that as well.
Canon XA20 - Low light filming with 3rd party photographer shooting using flash
by Troy Adams 4 weeks ago
Not 100% sure how to word this or if its even in the correct area, but i was filming a wedding a few weeks ago and had a Canon XA20 set up as a 2nd angle wide shot of the first dance (50fps at 120 shu
Re: Canon XA20 - Low light filming with 3rd party photographer shooting using flash
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
Troy Adams " I only shoot weddings, people generally don't move very fast like in sports video." Yes, that's a good thing and it is what is saving you. You're probably able to get away with higher sh
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
Re: DIY Background Roller
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
Your conduit is too big. You want 3 4" conduit as specified in the video, not 1". On the upside, it's really cheap. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic
Lighting Wrestling Ring
by Chris Shore 1 month ago
Hi all. I'm about to setup a permanent studio space for professional wrestling and had a question about lighting. Our ring is 20x20 so we plan to build a 24x24 truss around it. Ceiling height is not a
Re: Lighting Wrestling Ring
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
That would most definitely work, and would be great if could be found for free or cheap. I still think it's overkill though. If one is only hanging PAR cans or similarly-sized fixtures, I'm not sure w
Depth of Field Simulator
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
A friend turned me on to this... it's pretty darn fun. http: dofsimulator.net en Biggest complaint is that their backgrounds are terrible... BUT, if you download the offline version you can cheat it,
Can the AJA KiPro record to ProRes HQ? Can it record 4K from a Red Dragon?
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
I thought maybe one of you guys would know this off the top of your heads. Client is interested in shooting with a Red Dragon recording in ProResHQ added to our set of DVCProHD cameras, which normally
Re: Can the AJA KiPro record to ProRes HQ? Can it record 4K from a Red Dragon?
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Pretty specific questions. Mark... and not tons of traffic in here these days. I'm betting you'd get much better faster advice in one of the RED and or AJA forums. T2 _________________________________
Advice needed on historical video
by Greg Ball 1 month ago
We've been asked to bid on a Gov't project for a historical site. The challenge is that they have an audio narration that tells the story but they have no visuals. The narration is 4 minutes long. So
Re: Re:Nick
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Greg, I'm sending you a contact name to your personal email... check it. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.com
A mini camera crane and sample shots
by Samuel Tranchet 1 month ago
Hi every body, I've just built a mini camera crane (or let's say a DSLR crane). This is rather a do it yourself project at the moment, but the result is very precise and reliable. I made a little vide
Re: A mini camera crane and sample shots
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Good work, looks like a decent build. Probably a fair bit better than the first crane I ever built (but I was young and dumb and that was 20+ years ago). One question I'd have, does it still work (and
Picture Editing Contract Template
by Alex Brueckner 1 month ago
Hi folks, I've been an editor for a long time now, but generally work for people who draw up their own contracts. I'm about to be in a position where I will need to draw up my own contract for a short
Re: Picture Editing Contract Template
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
I'm just piling on to what other people have said here, but not giving away project files for free is SOP virtually universally in our business... As for "I would never work with you again out of gene
Covering a meeting room inexpensively
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Looking for a suggestion for a bulletproof and cheap solution to recording a municipal government meeting with a single, wide-angle camera and a DVR, hooked into their PA system. This would not be so
Re: Covering a meeting room inexpensively
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Mark Suszko "...the Vixia doesn't have a fisheye lens..." If the camera is otherwise perfect for your use, don't discount it because of the FoV of the native glass... http: www.amazon.com Opteka-Fish
How long should a demo reel be?
by Cody Walters 2 months 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 1 month ago
Haha... best answer. And people wonder how Richard finds such perfectly-timed beds. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticpl
HMIs? Lighting a Penthouse and Bathrooms/Vanities - Need Advice
by Joe Murgia 2 months 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 2 months 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
Videotape Stock - BetaSP and MiniDV/HDV
by Todd Terry 2 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
which interview lights?
by Gary Linzer 2 months 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 2 months 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
Geoff Boyle
by Rick Wise 3 months 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 3 months ago
Good find, Rick... a very worthwhile watch. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.com
Need advice on an entertainment lawyer for documentary.
by Stephen Pickering 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 6 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 6 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 8 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 10 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 9 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 10 months ago
Honda Commercial Broadcast commercial for North Alabama Honda Dealers Association watch commercial
Recorded to tape, but won't upload.
by Brian Plows 11 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 11 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
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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