Everything you ever wanted to know about About Shooting VIDEO in Richmond, VA
Shawn Moffatt • Operations Manager • Richmond, Virginia • Go To Team
|A Producer’s Guide to Shooting in Richmond, VA
Prior to arriving in a new city, every producer needs the lay of the land. This guide explores everything about Richmond, VA that producers need to know.
Richmond, the capital city of Virginia, is known as the “River City” and is often described as “the city of monuments.” Richmond has many statues on both Monument Avenue and the Capitol grounds. There are six monuments on Richmond’s world famous Monument Avenue, five of which are dedicated to military and civil war leaders. Other monuments of interest in the city include the A.P. Hill monument, the Bill “Bojangles” Robinson monument, the Christopher Columbus monument, and the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument.
Richmond is steeped in history from settlement, to Revolutionary and Civil Wars to Reconstruction. As the former Capital of the Confederate States of America, Richmond is home to many museums and battlefields of the American Civil War. The Museum of the Confederacy, features a wide variety of objects and material from the era. Near the riverfront are the Tredegar Iron Works and Civil War Battlefields National Park Visitors Center. The Virginia War Memorial is also located near the riverfront, and is a monument to Virginians who died in battle in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf War. Located near Byrd Park is the famous World War I Memorial Carillon, a 56 bell carillon tower.
Beyond Richmond’s storied history, visitors find beautiful architecture and gardens in addition to interesting neighborhoods and friendly people. Richmond is home to nine Fortune 500 companies, including electric utility Dominion Resources; consumer electronics retailer Circuit City, used car retailer CarMax, Performance Food Group; LandAmerica Financial Group, Owens & Minor; Brink’s Company, a security services company; Genworth Financial, and the recently relocated MeadWestvaco.
Richmond offers a year-round schedule of musical, theatrical, artistic and dance performances. The Richmond Ballet, Richmond Symphony and Virginia Opera, perform annually in the region. Richmond is home to many local theater groups including: the Firehouse Theater Project and Barksdale Theater. Outdoor concerts and dozens of art galleries round out the many arts and entertainment options Richmond has to offer.
For large conventions and meetings there is the Greater Richmond Convention Center. The enormous facility is 700,000 square feet sitting on 5 and 1/2 city blocks in the heart of Virginia’s capital city.
The Richmond area has many major institutions of higher education, including the University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University , Virginia State University is located about 20 miles south of Richmond, and Randolph-Macon College located about 15 miles north of Richmond.
Once you’ve decided to shoot in Richmond, Virginia there’s plenty you should know:
Locations and Drive Times
If you have additional questions about Richmond, like lodging, transportation, or locations, you can always contact the city’s Chamber or the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
Richmond Chamber of Commerce
600 Main Street, Suite 700, Richmond VA 23219
Richmond Convention and Visitors Bureau
401 N 3rd Street
Richmond, VA 23219
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 insure 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.”
This article was written by Shawn Moffatt, Operations Manager for Go To Team. Go To Team is a leading provider of video production resources throughout the southeast including video camera crews. See their home page for more information.
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