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Todd Terry
Todd Terry
Fantastic Plastic
Huntsville, Alabama USA
Huntsville, Alabama USA

 

Director and Cinematographer Todd Terry serves as Creative Director of Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc., a small but full-service production house he and a partner founded in Huntsville, Alabama. The company is both a creative agency and a production company, having conceived and created thousands of industrial films and television commercials over the last decade.

In addition to Fantastic Plastic's room full of ADDYs, Todd has won his region's AdFed "Best of Show" honors as "Cinematographer of the Year" and "Director of the Year" five times.  He is a recipient of the American Advertising Federation's highest honor, the Silver Medal.

An admitted sufferer of technophobia, Todd is an old-school film guy who still likes to shoot celluloid when he can, and is fond of foregoing CGI for practical effects whenever possible.

Before becoming a wanna-be director, Todd started his career on the other side of the camera as a wanna-be actor.  A string of bad films and made-for-TV movies ("Tonight on a powerful Lifetime Original Movie, Meredith Baxter-Birney gets beaten yet again...") prompted a jump to the other side of the camera, but he still gives plenty of credit to those acting days of his youth.  "I learned more on my first day on a real set than I did in four years of film school," he says. "Instead of concentrating on hitting marks and remembering blocking, I was always too busy watching the cinematographer and trying to figure out why he was doing this or that."

His company recently celebrated its ten-year anniversary, in a year that saw growing pains for Fantastic Plastic that included the move to HD.  "It's a little sad to see the 35mm cameras in their cases collecting dust," he says, "but high-def is just so good, it's definitely the wave of the future."

Todd serves as both director and DP on all of the Fantastic Plastic shoots, and will occasionally edit some of the company's projects when schedules demand.  Their primary clients are a dozen or so advertising agencies, but work for several large corporate clients directly as well. 

When not glued to a camera, Todd has displayed a penchant for expensive hobbies that he can't remotely afford, such as flying, sailing, and motorcycles.


You can find Todd Terry hosting in Creative COW's Canon Cameras, Cinematography, Lighting Design, and Business & Marketing Forums.

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Articles by Todd Terry

Cinematography
Focus on Controlling Depth of Field with Depth of Field Converters

Focus on Controlling Depth of Field with Depth of Field Converters

Cinematographer and Creative Cow leader Todd Terry has shot countless television commercials and industrials using both 35mm film and depth-of-field converted video. In this Creative Cow Magazine Extra, from The Visual Effects Issue, learn how depth of field converters allow you to attach 35mm lenses even to video cameras with fixed lenses, how they work, and which one might be right for you.

Feature
Todd Terry
Canon Cameras
Film-Style Shooting with the Canon XL H1

Film-Style Shooting with the Canon XL H1

Interchangeable lenses and powerful, accessible controls make the Canon XL H1 the choice at Fantastic Plastic. In this Creative COW Magazine prosumer hd digital video camera review, Todd Terry discusses the real world pros and cons of the Canon XL H1.

Review, Feature
Todd Terry
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