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U.S.A – Tennessee

Tennessee Film & Photography Production Services & Camera Crews

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Tennessee? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.

Filming in Tennessee

For an introduction to shooting in Tennessee see below notes on film locations, permits, when to shoot, unique local stories, costs, tax incentives, crews, talent, equipment, communications, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits for filming, transport, film-friendly accommodation, and safety advice.

Tennessee Film Locations

Tennessee can be divided into three geographic regions:

East Tennessee is known for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the city of Knoxville, which hosted the 1982 World’s Fair. Dolly Parton’s theme park, Dollywood, is in Pigeon Forge.

Middle Tennessee is known for its Antebellum homes, historic civil war battlefields, and famous whiskey distilleries. Nashville, the country music capital of America is home to the Ryman Auditorium, Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry. Other Nashville locations of interest include the Nashville Superspeedway and the picturesque Vanderbilt University campus. The underground waterfalls of Ruby Falls are located near Chattanooga.

West Tennessee borders the mighty Mississippi River. Memphis, the home of the Blues and Rock n Roll is home to Elvis Presley’s Graceland.

Tennessee’s agricultural locations of interest include beef cattle farms, soybeans, corn, cotton, and tobacco plantations.

Tennessee has hosted a long list of feature films and TV series including The Firm (1993), Days of Thunder (1990), The Green Mile, The Evil Dead, Gummo, and Nashville.

Tennessee Film Location Permits

Public property is available to filmmakers free of charge. City and / or county film permits are required for shoots on state owner property, shoots requiring traffic control and shoots that require assistance from local government departments. Proof of insurance is required. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Tennessee has a humid subtropical climate, with the exception of some of the higher elevations in the Appalachians having cooler weather. East Tennessee has spectacular fall colors in early October and the rest of Tennessee has them by early November. The state is subject to tornadoes.

A re-enactment of the Civil War Battle of Shiloh takes place in April. The Bonnaroo Music Festival and Nashville’s CMA Music Festival both take place in June. Elvis Week takes place in August.

Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in the United States.

Unique Local Stories

Brands are looking for local stories that match their brand narrative. Our local teams are a great lead for sourcing those unique stories and characters.

If you are looking for stories for your next shoot, send us your brief and we will pitch you ideas.

If you have a unique story you would like to pitch to a brand anywhere in the world, pitch us your idea. We have well-established processes to ensure that your ideas are properly seen and protected.

Tennessee Tax Incentives For Filming

Tennessee offers a 25% grant on all qualifying in-state expenditures. Scripted TV series are eligible for an additional 5% grant on resident labor for qualified projects that include a Filmed in TN logo. See the Tennessee Entertainment Commission for more information.

Tennessee Film Crew & Talent

Crew. Tennessee has a good pool of local film crew.

Contact us if you are looking for a Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, or Chattanooga based director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew in Tennessee.

Talent. The local population is predominately Caucasian and African American. Film characters one might associate with the state include country music stars, blues musicians, whiskey distillers, and tobacco-chewing-gun-owning-truck-driving farmers.

Tennessee Film Equipment

Equipment. Tennessee offers some standard and specialised camera, grip, and lighting equipment.

Communications. Communication is key. Our agility and global experience allows us to customise the right communications systems for every shoot.

Web posted casting, scouting, and videoconferencing.

For clients that are unable to attend set we offer a virtual video village solution. This dedicated and secure high-resolution video streaming platform allows clients from one or multiple timezones to view setups without compromise and to participate in real-time with the team on set. Separate systems can be set up for the discrete conversations that are required to make a job run right. Working remotely with our local teams reduces your content production costs, turnaround times, carbon footprint, and risks associated with unpredictable global events.

Tennessee Film-Friendly Accommodation

Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and other areas of Tennessee.

Final Notes

Safety. Tennessee is a very safe and reliable place for foreign productions to shoot. See here for up to date travel advice.

Down Time. If you’re west then Memphis barbecue, Blues, Soul and Rock n Roll. Head east to a Nashville honky tonk. Farther east still for hiking and Tennessee whiskey in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Tennessee, please see below:

Hire Tennessee Production Support & Shooting Crew

If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Tennessee, please contact us.

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Tennessee, such as a director, DoP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, please contact us.

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