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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
Front Projection Effect--is it possible with a steadicam???
by Tara Sennott 17 hours ago
Heyall I'm building a set out of theater flats, and there's a window on one of the walls. Outside of the window, I want it to look as if we're looking out onto a sunflower field. We've decided that th
Re: Front Projection Effect--is it possible with a steadicam???
by Todd Terry 16 hours ago
If I follow you, I think you are wanting to basically put a window-shaped screen on your flat and project your exterior image into it ... right If so... and you are able to flag your projection exactl
best gaffers tape
by Craig Alan 4 days ago
what do you recommend. Mac Pro, macbook pro, Imacs (i7); Canon 5D Mark III 70D, Panasonic AG-HPX170 AG-HPX250P, Canon HV40, Sony Z7U VX2000 PD170; FCP 6 certified; FCP X write professionally for a var
Re: best gaffers tape
by Todd Terry 2 days ago
Yes, Shurtape is definitely the "industry standard" and is what we have always used... EXCEPT recently, when we needed several rolls in different colors for a certain project, and we bought another br
Field Documentary Camera Recommendations?
by Tom Bits 2 days ago
Hello I m finding my GH4 lacking for a few things that just don't work for me for filming video: #1 - difficulty in achieving a shallow depth of field #2 - terrible performance in low light I m lookin
Re: Field Documentary Camera Recommendations?
by Todd Terry 2 days ago
I'm going to get on my usual soapbox and rant about using the wrong tool... using a wrench when you need a screwdriver. You list all of these needs and features and requirements for video work, and wa
C100 tech shooting question: ND filters & ISO
by Joseph Livesey 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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
Grease
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
Just finished watching "Grease" live on Fox. I have to say it was one of the most impressive live events I have ever seen... if not the most impressive. In addition to just being a darn good play (one
Re: Grease
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
Too tired to see the season 6 premiere of Venture Bros.
Lancome Pure Focus
by Ken Zukin 2 weeks ago
Expensive magical elixir that comes in a turquoise tube. Great for reducing shiny noses, foreheads, etc. No longer in production. I called Lancome and asked about a worthy replacement. They sent me so
Re: Lancome Pure Focus
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
Can't say I've ever heard of that. Personally when I've had to go the do-it-myself route I've never used anything except translucent powder. When we have makeup artists do it, well, who knows what all
Digi-Cine camera
by Tom Galli 2 weeks ago
What should I buy Ok, the noob part is out of the way, here's the back story... I'm a professor teaching video production at a small private university in Hawaii. Introductory classes shoot on Canon V
Re: Digi-Cine camera
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
I'm in total agreement with Mark. He's always much quicker to sing the praises of the rental route than I am, but in this case it's a no-brainer. Your 10-$20K Isn't going to get you anything that the
Anxiety and phobia in film
by Paul Thomson 3 weeks ago
Hi All, I'm adapting a novel into a screenplay for a masters project. In the novel, the protagonist has a particular phobia (fear of clowns) which induces severe anxiety attacks. Throughout the novel,
Re: Anxiety and phobia in film
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
Should anyone be interested, I actually accidentally stumbled on that list, with discussion of the anxiety-producing soundtrack. The movie was Irr versible, a 2002 French film. According to what I rea
Aspect Ratios
by Adam Rosenberg 4 weeks ago
I'm playing around with different aspect ratios for a short film. I feel like 2.35 crops too much and 1.85 crops too little. Is there any reason against splitting the difference and making it 2.10 I k
Re: Aspect Ratios
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
That last post got me thinking enough to go and check, and grab some still frames... Now, all this is assuming that the copies I own are "theatrically correct," as were actually released... Now, if th
Rights Contract Examples
by Jeremey Shelton 3 weeks ago
I've read some posts regarding clients rights to footage but I'm trying to get more specific... i.e. how in their contract the client owns the final production (perhaps even for a certain length of ti
Re: Rights Contract Examples
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
Mark Suszko " But an observation: you don't come out and specify what kind of archival service you have" True. Or tons of other things... that contract is really almost "fact free," it doesn't specif
Audio in Commercials
by Simon Roughan 3 weeks ago
Hi guys, it's been ages since I posted here. I hope to find you all well and prosperous! I have a customer that is a producer of Turkish and Mediterranean Food products. He wants an identifiable audio
Re: Audio in Commercials
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
I'm surprised those were hard to find. But yes, take Greg's advice and search for "sting." We use a number of music services, but our primary two are Omni Music and Gene Michaels Productions. A search
Crickets Chirping
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
Dang, it's been quiet as a tomb in here in just forever now. I hope that's because everyone is out doing good work and no one has any problems that need solving here. It's always hard to predict. Hist
Re: Crickets Chirping
by Shane Ross 3 weeks ago
Business has been too good to me lately. Not that I posted here much anyway. I'm a simple freelancer who also has a DBA, so I don't have to get too much into the biz. But, I'm here to see what to avoi
Flickering Highlights
by Alexander Perlman 4 weeks ago
Hey guys, I'm editing some older footage shot on a DVX100B. In a few shots, the highlights are mysteriously flickering. Any idea what it could be Here's a sample: https: vimeo.com 152164310 This comes
Re: Flickering Highlights
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
The only area that seemed to be flickering to my eye was the blown-out spot in the background counter area. It seems logical to me that might be fluorescent lighting there (based on the simple fact th
Macro Lens to shoot a single eye
by Jonathan Buck 4 weeks ago
Hi all, I'm working on a project that requires several shots of an individual eye. Can anyone recommend a great macro lens for shooting this working on an APS-C sensor My budget is about $700 max.
Re: Macro Lens to shoot a single eye
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
Hi Jonathan... No, no particular recommendations... The one I use is made by Tiffen... This one is a +3... and it's done everything I've ever needed (although I'll admit I haven't needed it too much).
Sony BVH-2000
by Rich Rubasch 1 month ago
Hi all; Does anyone recall the approximate price of a new BVH-2000 1" tape machine back in the late 1980's or early 1990's Thx! Rich Rubasch Tilt Media Inc. Video Production, Post, Studio Sound Stage
Re: Sony BVH-2000
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Seriously I thought they were three times that. I was probably misinformed. Nick's story is not a singular one... about 5-10 years ago you could get a one-inch machine for nothing. You used to regular
Best HDV compression for upload to vimeo
by ted blanketship 2 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 1 month 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
durable fixtures for shipping
by Bob Cole 3 months ago
What lighting gear have you found to be the most indestructible for shipping LED Fluoro Tungsten and what brands Mole KinoFlo Lightpanels etc. Matches and kindling I find that I bring redundant fixtur
Re: durable fixtures for shipping
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Hey Rick, have you actually been able to try any of these instruments Or seen them with your own eyeballs I love fresnels, but haven't been sure whether or not the LED fresnel technology was "quite th
Canon C100 MK2 anamorphic lens recomendation?
by danny young 2 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 2 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
Lighting fx
by Robert King 2 months ago
i'm shooting a car interior on a green screen. I would like to shoot an exterior but need something to project reflections of the trees going by. Does anybody know the manufacturers are such projector
Re: Lighting fx
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Take all of Mark's excellent advice, he's right on the money. As for avoiding camera reflections, yes, use a polarizer which will cut some of them, but not all. Judicious masking of the camera and env
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Best video yet for explaining the FAA 333 Exemption for Drone Flying
by Rich Rubasch 2 months ago
It's all in there! https: www.youtube.com watch v=bPHKq9SOAwI Rich Rubasch Tilt Media Inc. Video Production, Post, Studio Sound Stage Founder President Editor Designer Animator http: www.tiltmedia.com
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Re: Best video yet for explaining the FAA 333 Exemption for Drone Flying
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
There's actually a lot of great info if you watch all of that rather lengthy video. The pilot certification requirement is obviously the most restrictive... and as the guy says it has nothing to do wi
Star Wars... a rant (no spoilers)
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Hey kids... Ok, this has pretty much nothing to do with business or marketing, but wanted to rant to my friends in here. Ok, I'll ask "Is this good business practice" right off the bat here...to justi
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Matt Yaple liked this 2 months ago
Re: Star Wars... a rant (no spoilers)
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Well in my case it was absolutely unwatchable. Totally and completely. Hopefully those who watch it on the more conventional IMAX screens will have a better experience, but if your only choice is the
Rising from the Ashes
by Tim Wilson 2 months ago
I just got this great mailing from Nick Griffin that I thought I'd pass along.... Here's a reminder of how things looked just a month ago.... Many congratulations on this fantastic news, Mr. Griffin!
Re: Rising from the Ashes
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
So glad you are back in gear, Nick! T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.com
Client asking for historic files
by Stephen Ong 2 months ago
Hi I have a client today who has requested some historic working files. The work is white label for an agency so the design studio is requesting thre working files from me, so they can supply to their
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Stephen Ong liked this 2 months ago
Re: Client asking for historic files
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
You deserve absolutely zero percent of the blame. Don't take any of it, no matter how much of it they throw your way. You are completely and totally 100% in the right, and in the clear. I don't know w
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SOS C300 chroma issue
by matt collett 2 months ago
Hello, We have an issue with some footage and hoping someone can shed some light on the problem. Shot on a canon c300 with a canon 24-70 f2.8 L. I have uploaded 2 cropped image of the problem. its 1:1
Re: SOS C300 chroma issue
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Hmmm sadly no, not really. Would it be possible to shoot something else that demonstrates this anomaly (other than your secret object) and post the actual footage Also, what is your ISO setting And co
CF card slot doors not closing
by Jennene Riggs 3 months ago
Hi, Just wondering if anyone else has a problem with their CF card slot doors not closing properly I previously had a XF300 which started to have issues with this after about a year of use, and now my
Re: CF card slot doors not closing
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
No, no, you shouldn't be embarrassed. Ok...well maybe a little bit :) It happens. Glad you got it worked out. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Enter
Will Canon C300 HD-SDI output 1080i?
by Ernie Santella 3 months ago
Quick question. Will the Canon C300's HD-SDI port output a broadcast 1080i 60 signal if the camera is set to 60i It should, but just want to confirm, as I have to feed a sat truck 1080i 60 for an inte
Re: Will Canon C300 HD-SDI output 1080i?
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
Ernie Santella "No insult to you personally, but how can you be a Moderator on the forum when you do not own, use or even know how a C300 works " Well firstly... this is a general Canon Cameras forum
Lighting Advice for Meeting room
by Casey Wilson 3 months ago
I am looking for advice on lighting our meeting room for filming. I cannot add big ugly lighting to the room. Would like any additional lighting to be discrete. The Room: has plenty of room overhead f
Re: Lighting Advice for Meeting room
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
Casey Wilson "When you look at the original picture, what are your opinions of the shot " Well, it's pretty bad from simply a camera perspective. It might look perfectly fine from a live audience vie
Flying Cherub Chandelier...Any idea on worth?
by Josea Balzack 3 months ago
Found this at a house cleanup. Any idea on the value
Re: it's all about the branding
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
It's no big deal... sometimes, maybe once every six months, someone will wander in here and ask about lighting for their bathroom, or whatever. It's infrequent enough that it's more amusing than bothe
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 7 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 10 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 9 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 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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


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