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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
Adjusting light temperature
by Raf Zimon 3 weeks ago
Hi, Can someone suggest the best way product to adjust color temperature to whatever number I need Let's say I shoot in a place that has overhead fluorescent lights at 5000k and my LED lights are 5600
Re: Adjusting light temperature
by Todd Terry 6 days ago
John Fishback "Usually, you use CTB gel to warm up 5600K." Umm... I know that John knows what he's talking about, so I think this was just a typo (unless he's thinking about it backwards from what I
Do I need a business license? Self-Employed IRS Tax Question? Agreement form with my clients?
by Suz Rizza 7 days ago
Hello everyone! My question, Do I need a business license I'm a self-employed video editor and I do other gigs on the side. Last year I was doing pretty good for video editing. Made about 5k and I've
Re: Do I need a business license? Self-Employed IRS Tax Question? Agreement form with my clients?
by Todd Terry 6 days ago
I'll jump in with an answer that his honestly not me trying to be flippant or a general smartass: Ask your CPA. Those questions are all important enough (and, depending on where you live, different en
Lord Snowdon, RIP
by Todd Terry 6 days ago
I just read that Lord Snowdon has died in London at the age of 86. Snowdon (and his pre-royal moniker Antony Armstrong-Jones) was one of my favorite photographers, especially portraits... often they w
Studio backdrop
by Mark DAgostino 1 week ago
I wasn't sure where to post this. I am outfitting a new crazy small 12' x 18' studio. One wall is painte for green screen. I'd like tio be able to pulkl dow a white and or black background when needed
Re: Studio backdrop
by Todd Terry 1 week ago
The one I bought didn't have grommets, but did have a sewn-in pipe pocket along one edge (which was fine since that's how I used it anyway). It would be easy enough to fix that with a ten-buck grommet
Overhead Camera Mount
by Daniel Schultz 1 month ago
Hi, I've been looking for a way to solidly mount a camera (DLSR, C100) overhead to get bird's eye angle that is popular on a lot of these Tasty-style videos recipe videos. Example link: https: www.you
Re: Overhead Camera Mount
by Todd Terry 1 week ago
I think those pieces recommended by Matthews would work. My only negative thoughts would be that it is cobbling several pieces together that keep getting your camera farther and farther from the pipe.
Bolex 16mm Time-Exposure?
by Charlie Knott 1 week ago
I am planning on working with a Bolex 16mm camera on a short experimental film, and in the process I am trying to achieve the effect of time-exposure, or slow shutterspeed. I have read about turning t
Re: Bolex 16mm Time-Exposure?
by Todd Terry 1 week ago
Great stuff, wish I wasn't on the wrong coast. Love the wood and rusty bolt. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.c
Shooting a fake break-in to look like security cameras.
by Greg Ball 1 week ago
I need some creative advice. I'm working on a project where we'd shoot a fake robbery break in at a local jewelry store. The shoot would be in the evening hours. The client wants the footage to look l
Re: Shooting a fake break-in to look like security cameras.
by Todd Terry 1 week ago
Is this a daytime robbery I'm assuming so since you said "robbery," indicating there would be people there. If so, I think the GoPros would be fine. We've done some work with companies that do securit
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GH5 or C100 Mark II
by Kyle Blackwell 1 week ago
As the title says. The company I work for is going to purchase a new camera this year and was looking at the C100 Mark II. Now with the GH5 specs being released, I'm wondering how they compare and whi
Re: GH5 or C100 Mark II
by Todd Terry 1 week ago
Just my quick two cents.... admittedly without ever having seen a GH5... As and old film guy, I am NOT a fan of the revolution that brought DSLRs into the world of shooting video. Sure, they can recor
Questions on setting up a greenscreen around a house
by Charlie Knott 2 weeks ago
I am currently in pre-production on a short film of mine that introduces a wide variety of technical approaches, all of which I am willing to test out to see what is achievable. My story is reflective
Re: Questions on setting up a greenscreen around a house
by Todd Terry 1 week ago
I was going to suggest green or blue vinyl, too, Mark beat me to the punch. It's going to give you a nice even look, unlike the uneven mottled look of the paper that you tried... and (assuming this is
Troubleshooting camera hum when on ac power.
by Kristin Crawford 2 weeks ago
So, I have a very specific problem, that is also unfortunately hard to test out solutions, so I'm just trying to gather as many possible solutions as possible. I work for an non-profit that puts on a
Re: Troubleshooting camera hum when on ac power.
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
Sounds like you have a grounding issue caused by dirty power sources in your European locations. Do the mics sound clean with using AC power in the US If so, the power is your culprit... and sadly, I
Lighting
by Harry Katz 2 weeks ago
I will be shooting in an office which has fluorescent lighting. I have daylight bulbs and incandescent bulbs. Is one any better than the other to use with fluorescent lighting I may not have enough li
Re: Lighting
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
If you have to use the office flos on, the best choice would simply be to use whatever instruments most closely match that light... whether it be your daylight or tungsten-balanced blubs. Now, in the
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Trade Production Services for Part Company Ownership
by Scott Carnegie 4 weeks ago
Often times I have small and medium business say they would like to work with me but can't afford me. While looking at some other business options I came across an interesting concept. Trading media p
Re: Trade Production Services for Part Company Ownership
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
Why's that T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.com
Is color temp of green screen lights critical?
by Bob Cole 1 month ago
Sort of an academic question, but it may come in handy some day when I'm shorthanded with lighting: how critical is the matching of the color temp of the key and green screen light What made me wonder
Re: Is color temp of green screen lights critical?
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Hey Bob... You'll probably get some purists here who will contradict me (and I will humbly bow to their wisdom), but for me personally and in practical experience I've never bothered one bit to worry
It's that time of year...
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
The vintage aluminum tree made its appearance late yesterday in our lobby... taking it's usual position of honor right beside the photos of Tom Jones and Ed Asner... ...I've been told my heart is "two
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Richard Herd liked this 1 month ago
Re: It's that time of year...
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Yes, Nick... yes you do. Funny, though. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.com
Steadicam
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Hey gang... a little bit of a cross-post here... I haven't put the rig on the COW Classifieds or Mandy or eBay yet, but I've been thinking of getting out of the Steadicam game and just thought I'd see
Double Polarizing
by Mark DAgostino 1 month ago
Our company recently built a new regional corporate headquarters. The walls are all glass looking out over the city and the harbor. All the conference rooms are full glass walls, like fishbowls. I'd l
Re: Double Polarizing
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Yes, I knew it would be expensive.... actually that is a fair bit cheaper than I figured it would be, although that size available from B&H isn't wide enough to be super practical. I would say that if
What's your fave prompting app for an Android tablet?
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Anybody have a strong favorite My RCA Maven Tablet runs Android. Which app is the best value
Re: What's your fave prompting app for an Android tablet?
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Well, I think I've tried them all, from the free to quite expensive. There are a lot of really REALLY useless ones out there (even some they charge a lot for). To me the only one that is halfway worth
Premiere Issues after a big upgrade
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Hello all... I'm usually over in other forums (Business Marketing, Cinematography, etc.), and rarely venture in here because, well, I just never have any Premiere issues. But now I do. I'll have to pr
Re: Premiere Issues after a big upgrade
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Just an update, in case anyone was interested.... A tech with the computer company that built this machine was in today, prodding and poking around for a long time, checking drivers, trying this and t
Need lighting advice
by Raf Zimon 2 months ago
Hi, I am trying to set up a studio and I really need some lighting advice. Basically I have 2 LED daylight lights (with tungsten filters) and fluorescent ceiling light at (I think) 3000k. When I white
Re: Need lighting advice
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Sounds like your flos are just way too warm, so that even when you tungsten balance for your LEDs it's still not enough and the flos still have a color temp that is noticeably lower than your now-filt
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No more Cool Lights Fresnel 650's. Alternative?
by Rick Wise 2 months ago
Cool Lights (Richard) has informed me he will no longer carry the 650 tungsten Fresnel. I require my online lighting students to have one of these to learn about that multiple advantages of using Fres
Re: No more Cool Lights Fresnel 650's. Alternative?
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Hey Rick... Richard may not be selling his Arri knock-off fresnels anymore, but they are still plentiful. I just did a quick search using the terms "650 Fresnel" on both Amazon and eBay and got tons o
Which hmi light?
by Mike Thomas 3 months ago
I'm going to buy at least one hmi, probably a par, to use on future feature film projects. I've not worked with them before and have it narrowed down to a 575 or 1200. I realize this is a general ques
Re: Which hmi light?
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
Well it all depends on what you're doing, what you're shooting, what the conditions are, all that jazz... as you know. But as a general rule, I'd say that personally I find a 1200 to be the most usefu
Weird liney raw footage with motion?
by Anastasia Antonova 3 months ago
Hi guys, I have recently been using the canon xf300 for my work and cannot understand why my footage has weird lines whenever there is motion (both by the camera and by subjects) I am looking at the r
Re: Weird liney raw footage with motion?
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
I responded to your identical post in the Cinematography forum. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.com
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"Canon EOS Rebel T5i" Will Not Take Photos in an Aspect Ratio of 1920x1080
by Ryan Blair 4 months ago
Hi. I'm sorry if I posted this in the wrong section, I actually just created an account to post this as I haven't found anyone with my problem. A few days ago, I had purchased the "Canon EOS Rebel T5i
Re: "Canon EOS Rebel T5i" Will Not Take Photos in an Aspect Ratio of 1920x1080
by Todd Terry 4 months ago
I'm not familiar with the T5i specifically, but I am familiar with Canon cameras in general... and it was easy enough to look it up. It's not the answer that you want to hear, but you can stop driving
C300 : Converting in-camera overcranked footage back to real time.
by Dejha Ti 4 months ago
I'm editing a project where we wanted the ability to have slow mo for some shots and realtime for other shots. The DP used the C300's slow mo function where it it converts 60fps into 24fps making the
Re: C300 : Converting in-camera overcranked footage back to real time.
by Todd Terry 4 months ago
Firstly.... welcome. Secondly... ouch. I don't want to be blunt and say your DP made a boneheaded move.... but.... Actually what you DP did is sometimes the only option. If you are doing a shot where
Phantom Power Supply
by Todd Terry 5 months ago
Hey gang... I'm venturing over from the video forums with an audio question... a realm I'm sadly more ignorant of than I should be... I believe I am in need of a 48v phantom power supply, and thought
Re: Phantom Power Supply
by Todd Terry 5 months ago
Richard Crowley "Have you looked at the Denecke Dcode gadgets " Not specifically, totally a fish out of water here which is why I was asking for advice :) I'll definitely give them a look. Richard Cr
Where's your footage coming from?
by Tim Wilson 6 months 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 months ago
Just a quick addendum to my previous answer to Tim's question.... We still primarily shoot with the Canon C300 and will continue to do so.... however we've just picked up the DJI Osmo stabilizer with
Use XF300 as Skype Camera
by Christopher Hill 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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
Mics for interviews, connected to camera - MKH 416, MKH50, Sanken CS-3e
by André Mascarenhas 7 months 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 7 months 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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VR - will it be DOA just like stereo 3D ?
by Oliver Peters 9 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 7 months 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
HD Video camera as webcam
by clyde villegas 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 ____________________________
Question About Crop Factor Differences
by enrique bartolo 10 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 10 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
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 2 years 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 2 years 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 years 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 2 years 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 3 years ago
Honda Commercial Broadcast commercial for North Alabama Honda Dealers Association watch commercial
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