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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
True 28mm for Canon C100 Super35 Sensor
by Travis Wine 1 day 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 18 hours 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 6 days 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 6 days 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
Direct mail advertising
by Jacob Anderson 1 week ago
Hello everyone! I'm new to direct mail advertising so just have a few questions to ask. How effective is it today in the field of marketing Does the offer have to be free shipping or free gift to be s
Re: Direct mail advertising
by Todd Terry 7 days ago
Richard Herd " we shall be receiving much direct mail from very many politicians." And we love it at my house... love every two years when elections roll around... My graphic designer better half chu
Pan & Scan Question
by Aaron Cadieux 7 days 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 7 days 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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
Legalities of filming at a dog park?
by stan welks 3 weeks ago
I want to shoot some video of my dog at a dog park. I will do my best to not get any people into the shot, though I would like for my dog to play with other dogs in a shot. The footage will be part of
Re: Legalities of filming at a dog park?
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
999 times out of a thousand you don't have to worry about logos at all. People seem to get all up in arms about that, but really it's virtually a non-issue. If there was a complete avoidance of all lo
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Transfer android sms to computer
by Eve Eve 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 2 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 3 weeks 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
National TV Spot
by Aaron Cadieux 3 weeks ago
Hey guys, Long post. Please bear with me. Last year I sold a documentary to Discovery Communications. They now own the exclusive US TV rights for four years with a fifth year option. We retain the Blu
Re: National TV Spot
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
Aaron Cadieux "Having both spots run during the 10PM run is a great idea!" Yep, Nick is on to something there, I should have thought of that option myself. Definitely see if they will let you do that
c100mII: SloMo "special recording" In Camera vs 60p Post Conform
by Matt Campbell 2 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 3 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 3 weeks 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
Anyone else getting website SPAM?
by Todd Terry 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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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Andrew Kimery liked this 1 month ago
Re: Direct Mail Madness (something just for fun)
by Mads Nybo Jørgensen 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 6 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 2 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
Looking for 3-axis handheld gimbal to stabilize cameras
by Jesper Brown 2 months 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 2 months 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
Canon HF G30 Artifacts
by Rob Gutermuth 2 months 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 2 months 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
Anyone experiencing issues with connecting to the Cow?
by Todd Perchert 4 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 3 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 6 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 11 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 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 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


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