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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
Choice of frame rate for web video, with possibility of later Blu-ray mastering?
by Jarkko Laiho 2 days 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 2 days 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 days 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 days 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 5 days 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 2 weeks 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 6 days 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 6 days 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 _________________________________
Canon C100 MkII Timecode question
by Ernie Santella 4 weeks ago
I just got some files to edit shot on a Canon C100 MkII. The files are in MP4 format. There doesn't seem to be any timecode on the files. I've tried converting them to ProRes with Compressor, Acrok an
Re: Canon C100 MkII Timecode question
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
Sadly sometimes the hosts have no solutions. Also the "moderators" in this forum is really just "moderator"... singular. There have not been any posts from either Don or Mike in here (or on any COW fo
Advice needed on historical video
by Greg Ball 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 3 weeks ago
Haha... best answer. And people wonder how Richard finds such perfectly-timed beds. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticpl
Minimum Ceiling Height For Proper Lighting
by Dan Pullit 4 weeks 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
Cool... I actually haven't seen pantographs in years. The TV station I worked for many many moons ago ditched a whole boatload of them quite a while back when they switched to poles and trombones inst
backing up c300 footage
by Jack Blanton 2 years ago
When you're shooting with the canon c300 to CF cards, can you backup the footage to an external drive by manually copying and pasting everything on the CF card to an external drive Or, do you have to
Re: backing up c300 footage
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
Did you back up all the files by simply dragging the "CONTENTS" folder from the card to your computer If so, no problem, the XF utility can still handle that fine, you would just go to FILE SET VIRTUA
employer re-edits in the middle of edit
by John A. Calhoun 1 month ago
I'm a freelance editor and the person I'm editing for radically re-edits the video before giving to client. Then I do revisions, he re-edits, back to client, etc. It gets annoying when I have to edit
Re: employer re-edits in the middle of edit
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
I know that can be super annoying, and like you said is no doubt very frustrating. However... unpleasant as you might find it, I think the best route is just to suck it up and do it. As you said, this
Buying a new camera for fiction
by Philippe Orlando 1 month ago
Good morning everybody I've used until today a Canon XH-A1 for short films as well as a HVX 200 Time to retire those two. I have saved a budget of $ 5000 to buy a new acquisition system. 5000 bucks is
Re: Buying a new camera for fiction
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Well I second the C100 as an outstanding camera choice... I shoot with the C300 every day (same sensor) and everything in the C line is awesome (C100 300 500). BUT... Philippe said he had $5K max to s
Drones: Best way to learn - buy or rent?
by Sean Kirkland 1 month ago
Hi: Anyone who's used owns a drone... I'm wanting to get my hands on one of these and learn how to use it for upcoming productions (real estate videos, mostly). I know if you're going to use it a good
Re: Drones: Best way to learn - buy or rent?
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Well firstly, maybe you have and maybe they are out there, but I've never heard of any place that will rent a quadcopter. Considering with the lower-end ones and newbie pilots about one out of 10 flig
Camera or settings?
by sam leonard 1 month ago
Hi, im a little stuck on whether the following footage is a fualt with the settings, and i can fix in post. OR The Canon handicam has had it.... Thoughts Am with client atm! Thanks, Sam camera used is
Re: Camera or settings?
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Obviously you have big issues there. Does the footage look like that when you play it back in camera, and view it on the camera's LCD screen If so, you have a problem with the camera. Or... does the f
HMIs? Lighting a Penthouse and Bathrooms/Vanities - Need Advice
by Joe Murgia 1 month 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 1 month 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
XF300 .mxf files - horizontal distortion/gilitches
by Bill Connell 1 month ago
I have footage from a wedding video shot on a Canon XF300 that contains footage that shows horizontal distortion and glitches from one of the cards. The card was directly dumped into a folder from a C
Re: XF300 .mxf files - horizontal distortion/gilitches
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Couldn't say what the problem is, although I suspect a card malfunction. I believe you'd have a lot more hope for successfully recovering the footage if you still had the camera card, but since it has
Videotape Stock - BetaSP and MiniDV/HDV
by Todd Terry 1 month 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
Order of lens filter. Black Pro Mist 1/4 and ND filter
by Adrian Smith 1 month ago
My son asked me this question last night - he's taking a film video course at school. I wasn't sure that it made any difference which order you placed the filters over the lens - Black Pro Mist and ND
Re: Order of lens filter. Black Pro Mist 1/4 and ND filter
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
I'd be interested in hearing what other people say, but as far as I'm concerned you gave the right advice... "whichever way looks best." Obviously you can do it either way, I would suspect that depend
which interview lights?
by Gary Linzer 1 month 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 1 month 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
Ed Sabol, RIP
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Ed Sabol, founder of NFL Films, has died at 98. He was responsible for more feet of film than, oh, just about anyone. He certainly built a niche into an empire. T2 __________________________________ T
Re: Ed Sabol, RIP
by Nick Griffin 2 months ago
One of my favorite quotes, as well as the way I attempt to run my business. "You remember the quality long after you forget the price" -Ed Sabol
C100/C100 Mark II camcorder thoughts.. coming from a DSLR background.
by Marios Karageorgiou 2 months ago
Hi everyone, Im working on a web TV channel that I do as Camera operator and post production a lot of interviews and TV series and recently I sold my gear (5d3, lenses, flash, rigs, tripods etc) to mo
Re: C100/C100 Mark II camcorder thoughts.. coming from a DSLR background.
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Marios Karageorgiou " is there no difference in the way these cameras sensors process the images " There probably, is, but I'm no tech guy so I couldn't say much about the technicalities of how the i
c100 clips inexplicably interlaced with strange motion
by Erick Stoll 2 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
While you can do that, I'm guessing that would yield the same effect as merging the fields that I suggested in a post above. You'd have a progressive file then, but it would still be obvious that it w
Geoff Boyle
by Rick Wise 2 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 2 months ago
Good find, Rick... a very worthwhile watch. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.com
Which do you prefer....
by Harry Pallenberg 2 months ago
Seems like 90% of the infinite white shots I see have no face shadows - like on the left. Why The pic on the right probably has a bit too hard a nose shadow - but a bit softer might be ok Thanks, Harr
Re: Which do you prefer....
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
In this type of setup, I personally like some shadows modeling. I've tried the total-no-shadows look using a ringlight, but except for high-fashion stuff it just looks wrong to me. That being said, I
Green screen lighting conundrum 2015
by andy lewis 2 months ago
My turn for some green screen advice (hopefully). We'll be filming 4 or 5 kids (up to 12 years old) dancing in front of green screen. We'll be doing this many times over 3 months. The room is 43' by 1
Re: Green screen lighting conundrum 2015
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
It's very unlike me to disagree with anything Dennis would ever say. I'll concede that Dennis is a lighting expert of the highest level... and knows at least, oh, a thousand times more about this stuf
Anyone in or near Hartford CT?
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
I'm hoping this forum is still getting some traffic... there have hardly been any "real" posts in here in weeks.... I'm cross-posting this in Business and Marketing (my usual haunt), with everyone's k
Need advice on an entertainment lawyer for documentary.
by Stephen Pickering 2 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 2 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
Normal-to-Slow Motion Shutter Speed and Frame Playback Rate
by Rob Jennings 3 months ago
I'm planning to shoot basketball footage and would like to play with time remapping in post. Most footage will play back at normal speed but spectacular highlights will slow down using time remapping.
Re: Normal-to-Slow Motion Shutter Speed and Frame Playback Rate
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
It's a little bit of a "I want my cake and eat it, too" situation, as you simultaneously two things that are very different. It's not quite "I can only have one thing, so I'll have a pork chop and a p
Color-blind Documentary research: 3-minute survey
by Robb Jacobson 3 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 3 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 5 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 5 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 9 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


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