Meet Todd Terry
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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
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.
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