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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
My zoom ring is unhinged
by Chubak Bidpaa 4 days ago
Hey. I have the stock EF-S 18-55 zoom lens that comes with T3i. Great for photography, but I kinda want to zoom in while I'm shooting, and the zoom ring is not rigid like cine lenses. I just want to k
Re: My zoom ring is unhinged
by Todd Terry 2 days ago
Just a little nomenclature clarification... what you describe is not a lens breathing. A lens is said to "breathe" when you change the focus (such as in a rack focus) and the entire frame changes in s
early 2000's music video look...
by Ben Carter 2 days ago
hey there, just wondering if anyone knows what kind of cameras they used to make a lot of the early 2000's music videos like this one: https: www.youtube.com watch v=_FE194VN6c4 any help would be much
Re: early 2000's music video look...
by Todd Terry 2 days ago
It's going to be virtually impossible to say, not knowing any production specs for that specific video, but we can make some educated guesses... That song is from 2003 (video directed by Chris Robinso
Rates for Voice-Over...?
by Todd Terry 3 days ago
There are two types of questions posed on the COW that tend to bug the cynical side of me... the first is "How much should I charge for...." and the second is "What camera should I buy " They both ten
Studio Walls/ Designs
by David Kosloski 6 days 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 5 days ago
Mark Suszko " But where the sheetrock touches the floor, you should de-couple that joint with an elastomeric rubber layer" Great point Mark makes there. They actually make these metal strips that you
How to make a moving in circles shot
by Ivilina Gavazova 6 days ago
Hello. Is there anyone who knows how to make this type of shot - https: www.youtube.com watch v=9DHjENN5u70 Is the bike in a special moving platform or it is some special shooting tecnique Or it is ma
Re: How to make a moving in circles shot
by Todd Terry 6 days ago
As Mark said, two ways of doing it... rotate the bike, or dolly the camera around it. But which way was this done Hmmmmm.... we'll never know. Nah, actually we do know... in this case the bike rotated
Needing some extreme slow-mo
by Todd Terry 1 week ago
Hi all... I've never had to do any real extreme slow-mo before (nothing faster than my own in-house cameras could handle), but now I'm tasked with such. For an upcoming project I need some much-more-o
Re: Needing some extreme slow-mo
by Todd Terry 6 days ago
Yeah I figired I would need plenty of light. Even though we use much lower light levels these days than in years' past (I pretty much exclusively light with battery LEDs now), I still uaually keep a c
Canon C300 slow motion and frame rates issue
by Andy Jarvis 1 week ago
Hello. I shot some footage of some people dancing with 2 x C300 cameras. I had one recording as normal at 1920x1080 25fps and the other at 720 and 50fps using Special Recording Slow Motion. The plan w
Re: Canon C300 slow motion and frame rates issue
by Todd Terry 1 week ago
Ah... yeah. The shutter speed is definitely your issue. What you are seeing is exactly as if you were shooting at 25fps, but with a shutter speed of 1 100th. Stop the footage on any of the action and
Wireless Flash Problem
by Michael Craft 1 week ago
Hi, I currently have two IR flash heads with 1 4" female sync ports. I wish to use my canon 600d to wireless trigger my two heads (interfit exd200) and a speedlite 430ex ii I wish to use the 'yongnuo
Re: Wireless Flash Problem
by Todd Terry 1 week ago
Hi Michael... You might get lucky and someone in here has the instant and correct answer for you... I hope they do... BUT... I don't want you waiting around for advice that might never come, so I'll n
Advice on controlling sunlight outdoors for coverage.
by Kyle Smolic 2 weeks ago
I have a shoot coming up in a few weeks that takes place on a soccer field. There will be a lot of bright sunlight during our shoot and I'm trying to figure out the best way to diffuse it as we want t
Re: Advice on controlling sunlight outdoors for coverage.
by Todd Terry 1 week ago
I'd really never try to get a 4x4 to cover more than one person. Maybe two, if they are having a close conversation. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plasti
"X" 's on blue screens how do they work?...
by Andrei Popa 2 weeks ago
In some instances there are "X" 's taped to the blue screen, I'm sure it's for better tracking and better integration but. How does this work, can someone give pshisical example situatio that uses thi
Re: "X" 's on blue screens how do they work?...
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
These are, yes, as you guessed... tracking spikes. When compositing, replacing a background, etc., they allow compositing so that the replaced elements can track the camera moves and allow the pieces
Different rates for different clients?
by Jason Jenkins 3 weeks ago
For those of you that produce work for agencies, do you have a reduced rate for them since you are basically working for a middle-man who will mark it up for the end client Or, do you charge the same
Re: Different rates for different clients?
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
Mark Suszko "But if you are not the broadcaster selling the time, why would you ever entertain giving the agency a discount " Well you shouldn't. A manufactured reason might be the same one the broad
Studio Lighting - New Small Space Question!
by Michael Craft 2 weeks ago
Hi I am opening a small photo studio for products, food, head body shots, kids and new-borns. The studio can be any colour I like before I move in. The studio is 15x15 feet. I was thinking about paint
Re: Studio Lighting - New Small Space Question!
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
You said "small" space, but we didn't really get an idea of how small is small... that's important because the smaller the space, the more likely walls and ceiling will be an issue due to bounced or r
Seeking video recorder advice
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
I'm woefully ignorant of any all of the current video recorders, as I have never had to use one... ever. So I would welcome some advice... Here's the situation... The Canon C300 is my primary camera,
Re: Seeking video recorder advice
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
AJA KiPro series has separate audio capability - we're pretty happy with ours.
Anyone experiencing issues with connecting to the Cow?
by Todd Perchert 2 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 weeks 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
Product Shot Lighting
by Richard Childs 1 month ago
Hi, I recently shot a TV ad for a grocery store chain. I found it really difficult to get rid of the reflections of my k Kino lights in the bottles of Coca Cola and Sprite etc. The scene was shot in a
Re: Product Shot Lighting
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
We shoot tons and tons of bottles, as one of our commercial clients is a bottled water company. Biggest help is knowing exactly how to light, position instruments, and being aware of not only reflecti
Super 16 cameras
by David Mathis 2 months ago
Interested in using a film camera and was curious to know if anyone stll manafacturers this type of camera. Thank you in advance.
Re: Super 16 cameras
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
Oh no, the Kinor hasn't been made in many many years. Both the Kinor and the Konvas were cold-war era cameras... and were basically Russian clones of other cameras (for example, one of the Kinor 35mm
Thread view???
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
It seems now the COW forums automatically open in "View Posts by Topic" mode, which I hate with the white hot intensity of a thousand suns (sorry, am I overstating that ). Anyone know if there is a wa
Re: Thread view???
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
Thanks, Tim... yeah the preference does seem to be sticking now across different computers browsers ISPs, which it didn't before. I'll consider myself happy about it. My only complaint now would be th
Memory card format issue between Canon C100 and 5D Mark iii
by Alex Newton 1 month ago
Hi all, I've contacted Canon and the memory manufacturer about this but as yet haven't had a concrete answer. If anyone can help I'd be most grateful! Here goes... I recently initialised my memory car
Re: Memory card format issue between Canon C100 and 5D Mark iii
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
I really can't recommend any particular company. We've only had it done once, it worked but it was also widly expensive. But then again, we were having an entire RAID recovered... maybe a card won't b
Image brightening and darkening when action goes across screen
by Jaeson Jrakman 1 month ago
Hello, I'm currently using a Canon camera to shoot video and I'm having an issue with the image brightening and darkening, and even changing color a bit, whenever someone walks into frame. Right now I
Re: Image brightening and darkening when action goes across screen
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Jaeson Jrakman "I too always thought that shutter speed referred to the 29.97 fps that I normally shoot in." Noooo noo.... shutter speed and frame rate are two entirely different things, although som
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Growing my business
by John Morgera 1 month ago
Hi, I'm a videographer editor in the Philadelphia market, and am looking to get more work. Right now I work full time at a television station, and use my off days to get as much freelance work as I ca
Re: Growing my business
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
I'm not adding much new, just to echo Mark's sentiments that you really need to differentiate the sides of your business.... brides-to-be definitely don't want a corporate video guy... and a lot of pe
Defining rounds of revisions
by Greg Ball 1 month ago
I've recently added in revisions into my agreements. Usually I say that it includes 2 rounds of revisions. I just had a project that seemed to have excess revisions beyond simple changes. They wanted
Re: Defining rounds of revisions
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Cool, glad you guys were able to connect. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.com
UDIM User Memo metadata useful?
by Ray Kowalchuk 1 month ago
We use Canon XF305 cameras and one XF105. I've come across the UMID metadata settings in the menu (Country code, organization code, user code) and set them, but the manual says that the "Canon XF Util
Re: UDIM User Memo metadata useful?
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
It just depends on how you work. All that info could be greatly useful... if you need it. And some people probably do. For others, like me, it's a solution in search of a problem. I don't need it, so
Canon C 300. Shooting slow motion at 720p/29.97p
by Daniel Whiteneck 2 months ago
Conversation started today Danny Whiteneck 7:56am Hello all. I'm working on a TV show that shoots several different frame rates and resolutions. We shoot the primary footage (interviews, reality, etc)
Re: Canon C 300. Shooting slow motion at 720p/29.97p
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Actually, Rich is right... and I will freely admit that I was totally wrong when I said what they were asking for couldn't be done. It can be, and actually that's the way I do it all the time, myself.
Pulldown Screen VS White Rolldown Paper... for white background
by Travis Roesler 1 year ago
Alright guys... so now that this lighting set-up is done, I'm having a problem with the backdrop. The white paper rolls are annoying, they crumple, they're hard to roll back up, and are generally cumb
Re: Pulldown Screen VS White Rolldown Paper... for white background
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Steve Stapleton "Can you send me the DIY setup video you reference " Did you watch the video I posted further up in this thread That's really all I have to offer as far as instructions, etc., it's pr
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 2 months 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
Videotape Stock - BetaSP and MiniDV/HDV
by Todd Terry 3 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 7 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 7 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 9 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 9 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 10 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 10 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 11 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 11 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 12 months 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
The "Right" Way To List End Credits
by Alexander Leith 1 year ago
I know that there are no hard and fast rules, and I didn't I wondered how others might approach this. I'm finishing up work on my first long-form documentary. Although it was a reasonably small produc
Re: The "Right" Way To List End Credits
by Todd Terry 1 year ago
I personally don't have a problem with double crediting some people under the right circumstances. Camera operators are one such example... if you have a list of eight of them, I think it's ok for som


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