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U.S.A – Tennessee

Tennessee Film & Photography Production Services

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Tennessee? We have fully vetted, locally based fixers, service producers, directors, DP’s, videographers, cameramen, photographers, sound operators, production drivers, and a range of other film crew. Contact us for referrals, questions, cost estimates and references.

Want to know more about shooting in Tennessee? See below for an introduction to Tennessee locations, permits, when to shoot, crew, equipment, tax incentives, and film friendly hotels.

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 Days of Thunder, 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.

Tennessee Film Crew & Equipment

Tennessee has a good pool of local crew as well as all of the standard grip, lighting and camera gear for hire.

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.

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-Friendly Accommodation

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

Final Notes

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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