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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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Location:
Huntsville, Alabama
Health Insurance
by Todd Terry 1 day ago
It's been a while since this was discussed in here (at least a brief search shows that), so it got me wondering if any of you have had any changes (or plans to change) how you are handling health insu
Re: Health Insurance
by Todd Terry 9 hours ago
I personally want nothing for free (you get what you pay for, ya know), nor was I asking for it. I do want a good and fair value, though... was interested in what others are doing. I'm all for decent
Best Green Screen Fabric Options
by Ken S. 1 day ago
I am wondering if any of you have used this green screen fabric and what do you think of it. I am doing a setup in a small studio with a low 9 foot ceiling and need something that is least reflective
Re: Best Green Screen Fabric Options
by Todd Terry 13 hours ago
I'm not sure if the extra expense of that fabric will solve the issues that you have, you might be fine with what you've got. The "nappy" surface of that fabric does make for good greenscreening... be
Camcorder VS DSLR
by Oliver Smith 1 week ago
I am just wondering what people generally use, a DSLR or a Camcorder or do you vary it on what type of event you are filming, I often see people using DSLR'S to film on yet wonder why I myself looked
Re: Camcorder VS DSLR
by Todd Terry 6 days ago
I just realized I intended to respond to the original question (DSLR or camcorder), and didn't... I use both. I use a DSLR when I shoot stills, and a cine camera when I'm shooting footage. Just as the
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Non-webcam as webcam
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
So totally off forum topic, and I should probably ask this on the Web Streaming forum (and I still might) but there seems to be little to no activity over there, though I'd thought I'd ask in here fir
Re: Non-webcam as webcam
by Todd Terry 1 week ago
Just wanted to let everyone know how this turned out... Because I didn't need really great great quality... I gave this a try. It's a little USB dongle called EasyCap. I bought it on eBay for about fi
Hard Drive for Audio and Video production. Need advice.
by Bryce Moose 1 week ago
Hopefully this is the right section to post this. I didn't see a hard drive section or hardware section. For a year I've had constant mess with hard drive organization. i'd like to solve that but not
Re: Hard Drive for Audio and Video production. Need advice.
by Todd Terry 1 week ago
Alrighty... as I said, whatever works for ya. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.com
Google Fiber
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
Our city is next in line to get Google Fiber. Anyone have any experience Will this be as life-changing as they purport Just curious... T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Directo
Re: Google Fiber
by Todd Terry 1 week ago
Good to know. We're in the same boat, almost all of our "big" traffic is going out, not coming in. Mostly broadcast commercials here, so that means FTP'ing scads of spots to TV stations. Some days the
School Mascot Illustration
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
Create "Jaguar" and "Wildcat" school mascot illustrations for a high school and middle school. Appropriate for all school uses (sports teams, signage, tee shirts, etc.). Create finished vector files u
Flying with Batteries
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
So... how do you guys handle flying with batteries We predominately shoot close to home. OR, if traveling pretty far, we will rent all needed gear on location. We have a shoot suddenly coming up next
Re: Flying with Batteries
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
Yes Tom, this was all domestic US... enjoying the airports in Huntsville, Atlanta, Denver, Minneapolis, and Houston. Three full days of fun. But at least there was no trouble with batteries. T2 ______
Off-Topic, but… (about remote interviewing, via Net)
by Ralph Chaney 2 weeks ago
Sorry for the off-topic, but I really value the combined experience and talent of the group here. I need to interview a number of people around the country and do it remotely, me in Calif. and others
Re: Off-Topic, but… (about remote interviewing, via Net)
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
I would take all of Mark's very good advice to heart. But I would also be very very wary having the interviewees do absolutely anything on the technical side of things other than the very very bare mi
LitePanels Astra
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
When we started moving to LED instruments a couple years ago (or was it more ...hard to remember), it was pretty much a wildly new and different thing. So... we just sort of tested the waters by buyin
Re: LitePanels Astra
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
Hey Bob.... I probably didn't "process the choices" very well or do exhaustive research. After a while I just decided it was time to stop thinking it to death and just pull trigger and buy one... thin
HD Video camera as webcam
by clyde villegas 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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
Capturing a Bullet
by Roy Schneider 1 month ago
Hi All: Any advice on renting a high speed camera that can capture a bullet leaving the barrel of a gun, and a bullet impacting a target Thanks! Roy Schneider Long Live the Cow Roy Schneider Executive
Re: Capturing a Bullet
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Probably the one you'll most likely find available (rental houses, etc.) would be one of the Vision Research Phantom cameras. I think they are pretty much the go-to high-speed cameras these days (in f
Canon C300 - Anyone recommend a Film/Cinema look profile that i can use for project.
by Gordon Henry 1 month 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 1 month 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 ____________________________
Lighting Equipment- A good problem
by Keith Hochreiter 2 months ago
I have been told that I am able to purchase lighting equipment for a new video broadcast studio in the high school in which I work. I am new to this and I need help. Are there basics that I need As in
Re: Lighting Equipment- A good problem
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Very good, maybe you will get a better idea of what you are facing when you get to a practical setting and see all of the goings-on. The church might be helpful, but I'd expect the TV station trip to
Seamless vs Muslin for ChromaKey
by Alexander Perlman 2 months ago
Our company has a white cycwall with Altman Spectra Cyc lights pointing at it from a grid. They been setting the lights to chroma green for green screen shoots but the keys look terrible for a number
Re: Seamless vs Muslin for ChromaKey
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Yeah, you'll get better results from a real greenscreen rather than trying to paint a white cyc with green light, that's for sure. It sort of depends on your usage and how often you need it. If this i
Question About Crop Factor Differences
by enrique bartolo 2 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 2 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
Is using more than one lens for video/film okay?
by enrique bartolo 2 months ago
Hello everyone, I'm posting this topic to see what you guys think of using more than one lens for an individual project. What I want to do is use two lenses with a Black Magic Pocket that both serve d
Re: Is using more than one lens for video/film okay?
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
I think that clip exactly proves my point, that zoom in Jeremiah Johnson just screams "1972!!"... which was exactly when that movie was made. So many early 70s movies are chock full of zooms... you ca
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Merge Canon MXF files
by Teresa Bush 4 years ago
Anyone used Canon XF Utility 1.2 on Mac or Windows Or how would you merge the MXF files Canon XF camcorders have 2GB limit for MXF video. While make a long recording, the clip is save in multiple file
Re: Merge Canon MXF files
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
I should have added, that it sounds like your company is needing something but doesn't have the hardware software needed to do it (or the personnel that knows how, by your own admission). If you want
Shooting through windshields - An OBVIOUS tip...
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Now and then I'll try something that I should have been doing for years and then feel dumb that I haven't been doing all along... and had an instance like that a couple of weeks ago so I thought I'd p
White Skin not at 70-75 IRE but looks fine
by Bryce Moose 2 months ago
I'm a bit confused so please go easy on me. I have always learned from college etc that white skin tone should be at 70-75 IRE and if it's not the image is underexposed and looks bad. Recently I start
Re: White Skin not at 70-75 IRE but looks fine
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Rick Wise "But the question brings up, what is "good" exposure ... It all depends on the story you are telling and the style you are using." Rick beat me to the punch on this one... you might strive
Tips for using green screen paint to create a small prop
by Miki Trimble 2 months ago
Hi, This is my first post, so I hope it's in this is an appropriate section for it! I'm directing a sci-fi short film, and in it, one of the characters is going to be holding an a4 size piece of glass
Re: Tips for using green screen paint to create a small prop
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Well, a few thoughts... Firstly, ask your friend who is doing the post for input. That should be step number one. After that, a few things to think about... If you want to paint a rectangle on the gla
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Would this work to diffuse my Joker Bugs?
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
Got a shot coming up, two-person interview here: You're looking West in mid-afternoon, shoot is in the morning. I've got two Joker Bug 400 HMI's to light this with, plus what is in my Lowel kits. Gell
Re: Would this work to diffuse my Joker Bugs?
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
Happy to buy you some and overnight it to you if you need it... because that's just the kind of guy I am. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertain
No External Audio Recognized - Canon XA25
by Lindsay Simpson 5 months ago
Howdy, I've been working with a Canon XA25 regularly for the past couple of years. An attempted shoot today was canceled because the camera is no longer recognizing the external audio inputs. The buil
Re: No External Audio Recognized - Canon XA25
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
Well hopefully the original poster solved the problem a couple of months ago. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.
C100 tech shooting question: ND filters & ISO
by Joseph Livesey 4 months ago
I have a question, which is perhaps a bit stupid, but one I still don't get: I understand the following increase and reduce exposure in different directions--ND filters, ISO, opening closing the apert
Re: C100 tech shooting question: ND filters & ISO
by Todd Terry 4 months ago
Exposing with a gray card is ok... if you are shooting a movie about gray cards. But in real life the exposures, in various places and orientations and lighting situations, just aren't going to be the
Best HDV compression for upload to vimeo
by ted blanketship 5 months ago
I'm using an HDR-FX1 in HDV. My shutter was at 60. Cineframe off. The video is about 40 min of a conference shot for promotion. What format should I use to export the 1440x1080 to 720p for upload to v
Re: Best HDV compression for upload to vimeo
by Todd Terry 5 months ago
Jeff Pulera "I work with Adobe Media Encoder and for H.264 exports, it offers presets for both Vimeo and YouTube, 1080p or 720p" The Adobe presets for Vimeo and YouTube are outstanding, probably bett
Canon C100 MK2 anamorphic lens recomendation?
by danny young 5 months ago
Hey chaps! I have a C100 MK2 and L series EF 24 - 105mm lens. Recently, I have been reading and watching tutorials on the benefits and pitfalls of using Anamorphic lenses adaptors. There is an issue t
Re: Canon C100 MK2 anamorphic lens recomendation?
by Todd Terry 5 months ago
Sorry Danny... I really don't have any further useful advice. As I said, I personally avoid anamporphics at almost any cost, and haven't had need to touch any in a very very long time. For me personal
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 10 months 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago
Honda Commercial Broadcast commercial for North Alabama Honda Dealers Association watch commercial
Recorded to tape, but won't upload.
by Brian Plows 2 years 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 2 years 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


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