Video and Digital Producer’s Guide to Shooting in Nashville, TN
Everything you ever wanted to know about shooting video in Nashville.
Peter Leininger – Cameraman – Nashville, Tennessee – Go To Team
Prior to arriving in a new city, every producer needs the lay of the land. This guide explores everything about Nashville, TN that producers need to know.
Nicknames: Music City and The Athens of the South
Industries: Tourism, Healthcare, and Education
For years, Nashville has been dubbed “a drinking town with a music problem,” but whiskey and country tunes are just a small part of what makes this vibrant city tick. The Cumberland River slicing right through its epicenter provides ample opportunity for water outings – not to mention stunning skyline views. Downtown’s famed “Honky Tonk Row,” which runs down Broadway to the riverfront with additional live music venues spilling over onto Second Avenue, is where the bulk of the tourists gather, but there’s much more to Nashville than the bright lights of Lower Broad. See this iconic city’s gorgeous Classical and Neoclassical architecture. Its culinary scene – which extends far beyond fried food – is making waves not just on a national level, but globally, too. And Nashville boasts some of the best music you’ll find anywhere.
With Nashville being the upbeat city it is, there are events occurring year round. Live music is going to be the most popular and most accessible since Nashville is known to be the city for the newest artists performing in little cafes and bars. Honky Tonk Road and Lower Broad are the hottest spots to catch some tunes. The Ryman Auditorium is known to be the “mother church for country” as it hosts one of the most popular shows “The Grand Ol’ Opry.” For some outdoor fun, the Cheekwood Botanical Garden is full of beautiful scenery and architecture along with a visit to the infamous Great Smoky Mountains. Hiking and biking trails are located all over the mountains, just be aware of tourist seasons since it is known to bring close to ten million people every year. Several distilleries are located throughout Nashville; it’s most popular include the Nelson’s Green Brier and the Corsair. The Country Music Hall of Fame is a popular spot for visitors to explore especially since it holds as a shrine to Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton, some of Nashville’s most popular music artists. Try some “hot chicken” at local spots such as Hot Chicken Shack or Hattie B’s. Nashville is one of those cities where almost any restaurant or bar you step into, you’re going to get a show whether it be the performance of the food or the performance of aspiring artists.
Once you’ve decided to shoot in Nashville there’s plenty you should know:
Where to Stay
Nashville has great hotels located all throughout the city for a great price. Of course, be aware of tourist season since hotels can be known to raise their prices but overall, their hotels are in great locations for decent prices. Some include The Inn at Opryland, the Courtyard by Marriott Nashville Airport, Millennium Maxwell House, and Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Vanderbilt.
Location & Drive Times
Nashville has become increasingly crowded over the years so traffic has become more of an issue but locals and tourists still use personal transportation to get around the city. Car services like Uber and Lyft are popular amongst people as well as a fun and new service called “Joy Ride” where a golf cart service gives people ride around the city. The Nashville Airport is located 15 minutes outside of the city, Memphis is about three hours, and Knoxville is about two hours and 45 minutes from the city.
Weather & Climate
Nashville, just like any southern city, has a humid subtropical climate, but its altitude prevents the weather from being unbearable. July is their hottest month standing at 89 degrees, and January is their coldest month standing at 47 degrees. It can get pretty chilly during the winter but snow is unlikely. The spring and fall are the best times to visit since the humidity is low but you won’t need a jacket quite yet. Click HERE for a current 10-day forecast of Nashville, TN.
Production of Guidelines
Crews across the country have a set of guidelines by which they conduct business. And as different as each city is from another, so are those guidelines. Every producer should have a basic understanding of each city’s standards. Shoots in Nashville are based on a ten hour day and the crew is on the clock at the specified crew call. Overtime at a rate of time and a half begins after ten hours. If your shoot takes the crew to a distant location, travel time can be expected. A distant location is any location outside a circle with a 30-mile radius drawn around the city where Downtown is the center. But all of these are just guidelines; certainly, verify with your crew their specific policies.
Chamber of Commerce
If you have additional questions about Nashville you can always contact the city’s Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber of Commerce
211 Commerce St. #100
Nashville, TN 37201
Booking the Right Crew
But even with the perfect location, the best-laid plans, and great weather, so much depends on the right crew. Booking the right crew means finding a crew that not only gets the job done, but does whatever it takes to ensure you have the best shoot. Are you conducting a series of interviews that require dramatic lighting? Are you going to be “run and gun” around the city? Is your shoot going to require any specific equipment? Finding a crew that can handle every one of your needs is just as important as lining up all of the interviews and creating your shot list.
For more information on booking your camera crew, see: “Everything you ever wanted to know about booking a video crew.”
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