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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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Huntsville, Alabama
Anyone else getting website SPAM?
by Todd Terry 5 days ago
Just curious, is anyone else getting a sudden influx of SPAM arriving via your company websites Like most of you probably do, we have a Contact page on our website that is a feedback form... boxes to
Re: Anyone else getting website SPAM?
by Todd Terry 3 days ago
Yeah there are definite solutions we could employ, if I chose to bother... which I don't. It's not a problem, YET. We host ourselves on our own servers in our building, which does make it a little mor
Warning not to touch the glass on 135W CFL bulbs?
by Ian Brown 3 days 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 3 days 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 6 days 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 6 days 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 weeks 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 weeks 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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Direct Mail Madness (something just for fun)
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
I enjoyed this, thought I'd pass it on just for fun... For probably 15 years or so the "Staff" page on our company website has included, among the real bios and fake pictures, a listing for Larry Tate
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Re: Direct Mail Madness (something just for fun)
by Mads Nybo Jørgensen 2 weeks ago
Mark Suszko "the real fake people are all on Twitter these days." Speak for yourself :-D With Loads of Love @madsvid
What to charge for a 2 minute video with lower quality camcorder footage?
by Ozzy Baines 3 weeks ago
My client asked me to edit footage using camcorder footage that he shot. It's about three minutes long. I am starting out as a freelance video editor. What should I charge for this project This is not
Re: What to charge for a 2 minute video with lower quality camcorder footage?
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
All good advice so far. As others have said, the quality of the source footage makes no difference... If someone asks you to carry a bucket for a mile, it's no less work if that bucket contains ten po
Studio Walls/ Designs
by David Kosloski 2 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 3 weeks 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 5 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 weeks 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
Coloring bulbs
by Rick Wise 4 weeks 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 3 weeks ago
Might consider some completely different light sources, such as monitors... sort of like when they shot the greenscreen footage for the movie "Gravity," big displays were used as lighting sources, the
Looking for 3-axis handheld gimbal to stabilize cameras
by Jesper Brown 4 weeks ago
Hi, I am going to produce a documentory fiml and a series of local wedding videos. Now I need a camera stabilization gear that could handle a wide range of cameras like Canon 5D, mirrorless and DSLRs.
Re: Looking for 3-axis handheld gimbal to stabilize cameras
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
Funny, every now and then there is suddenly a new thread about gimbals, always started by a brand-new user that signed up for the COW that day, or the day before. The discussion quickly turns to the M
What's with copyrighted music on YouTube?
by Greg Ball 4 weeks ago
Today I received a call from a large medical facility. They want to use the song Happy from Pharrell. They referred me to other hospital videos on YouTube that used that song. Of course I told them it
Re: What's with copyrighted music on YouTube?
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
Mark Suszko "The down side of Pharrell's deal is he has to wear those hats." But the upside is that he gets free Arby's. I'm a fan, actually somehow he makes it work, as silly as it is. I once saw Ph
Who owns the raw files?
by Nae williams 4 weeks ago
Hello all! I recently shot my first music video as an independent artist. My budget was in between 4 to 5K.. I hired a director who has shot a handful of videos in the past, all have been independent
Re: Who owns the raw files?
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
Richard Herd "A music video and the footage are derivative works of the original song and subject to a license agreement (and other agreements, for example, model releases)." Well... images and sound
What would say if you gave a commencement address to film school grads?
by Ned Miller 4 weeks ago
It's that time of year and I've been listening to a lot of commencement addresses, both serious and farcical. I fantasize as to what I would say to those wanting to enter the biz in 2014 without paren
Re: What would say if you gave a commencement address to film school grads?
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
Mark Suszko "This used to be the deal with "Radio schools"" Remember "Ted Baxter's Famous Broadcaster's School" on one episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show Good stuff. Mark Suszko "FS is I think more
Medical video/animation source?
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
Hey kids... Maybe someone here can point me in the right direction. For a commercial campaign for a hospital I'm in need of some video or animation of a human heart... either beating or being imaged o
Re: Medical video/animation source?
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
Thank yee... I will check him out. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.com
Canon HF G30 Artifacts
by Rob Gutermuth 4 weeks ago
Hi All, so, I have the HF G30, same camera just about to the XA20 (minus the XLR handle) I noticed that when I was shooting some footage outside, I saw some nasty ghosting on moving images... even med
Re: Canon HF G30 Artifacts
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
By the way, that could just be the way your Quicktime viewer is displaying it, mushing frames together for some reason. Why haven't you tried it in FCP yet You'd know instantly if you have an issue or
xf 300 vs 305 vs 105
by Rob Gutermuth 4 weeks ago
Hi All, The MXF codec - blessing or curse - got to be better than AVCHD and HDV, but how does it compare with, say, going directly out of the 305 or 105's SDI output (and say, recording to prores HQ f
Re: xf 300 vs 305 vs 105
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
Rob Gutermuth "The MXF codec - blessing or curse " Definitely a blessing. I haven't done any side-by-side comparison or seen any actual technical specs, but to me there are only two test instruments
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3rd Person POV type camera movement used to depict intoxication?
by Gabriel Zybutz 1 month ago
I have seen this method of cinematography used in countless productions to depict intoxication in a weirdly pov yet 3rd person type shot and I love it. I can't work out how it is achieved though. It s
Re: 3rd Person POV type camera movement used to depict intoxication?
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Yeah those rigs have been around long before GoPros existed. One of my favs is Billy Bob Thornton's drunk Doggicam shot in the movie "Bad Santa." T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creat
Lighting An Office/Night Scene
by Eli Vazquez 1 month ago
Hello All, First official post! So I am shooting an office scene during the day time in a conference room with 2 windows. I want it to be after hours at night and have moonlight spill through. Right n
Re: Lighting An Office/Night Scene
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Can you find a scene from a movie or TV show or something that has an environment lighting mood that is similar to what you are trying to achieve and post a still of it If so then it would be easy to
Does the XL-H1 Still hold up?
by Rob Gutermuth 1 month ago
Hi all, just wondering some opinions on how well other cameras work together in post, etc.. lately, I've been shooting with a combo of HDV cameras and the newer CMOS cameras, like the Canon G30 XA20..
Re: Does the XL-H1 Still hold up?
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
24f actually is 24p, when you shoot in HDV mode (it's not when you shoot in standard-def mode, in SD it's 23.976 progressive frames in a 60i wrapper). "24f" is just not called "24p" because that was a
Is Canon's pro video camcorder form factor done?
by Don Scioli 1 month ago
I have a XF300 which I bought in 2010, after an XL1, XL1S, XL2, and all have been terrific cameras. But I noticed the Canon trend of putting out new cameras in the "DLSR" form factor. I still greatly
Re: Is Canon's pro video camcorder form factor done?
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
I'm no fanboy of any particular brand (though I'd likely not buy a Panasonic), and have shot just about anything and everything through the years. I presently own two Sony cameras, four Canon cameras,
Wireless Flash Problem
by Michael Craft 2 months ago
Hi, I currently have two IR flash heads with 1 4" female sync ports. I wish to use my canon 600d to wireless trigger my two heads (interfit exd200) and a speedlite 430ex ii I wish to use the 'yongnuo
Re: Wireless Flash Problem
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Hi Michael... You might get lucky and someone in here has the instant and correct answer for you... I hope they do... BUT... I don't want you waiting around for advice that might never come, so I'll n
Anyone experiencing issues with connecting to the Cow?
by Todd Perchert 3 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 2 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
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 3 months 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
Videotape Stock - BetaSP and MiniDV/HDV
by Todd Terry 5 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 9 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 9 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 11 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 10 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 12 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 12 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 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 12 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 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 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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