TNDV Provides On-Site Production for Skyville Live in HD

In 2015 TNDV, a mobile production company based in Nashville, Tenn., completed work on a multi-camera production for two pilot episodes of “Skyville Live,” an Emmy-nominated music series that brings musical performers together with an intimate audience. The success of those shoots led to the company providing turnkey mobile production services for a special December program sponsored by the Gannett Company and streamed live exclusively on the USA TODAY website.

The December program, which featured performances from Gregg Allman, Little Big Town, Chris Stapleton and Taj Mahal, originated from the Skyville Live studios in the heart of Nashville. TNDV brought its Elevation truck to the shoot, and provided a complete technical crew for all multi-camera and multi-channel audio production work.

TNDV’s compact (40 feet long) “Elevation” HD truck proved ideal for the intimate nature of Skyville Live. The truck’s equipment complement includes eight Hitachi HD5000 cameras, ProTools audio recording, a high-end audience response microphone kit, and a professional routing and multiviewer architecture that also supported a multi-channel intercom matrix. TNDV also evaluated in-venue needs prior to the shoot, providing video and audio support for press audio feeds and VIP parties; as well as large screen displays for audience engagement.

The Skyline Live stage seen from overhead with camera chip chart for matching the cameras.

The Skyline Live stage seen from overhead with camera chip chart for matching the cameras.

With another special event on the horizon for late January, Nic Dugger, TNDV owner and president, emphasized that the “Live” element of Skyville Live is what makes the series so special. He adds that the experience of working on the pilot episodes allowed his team to improve crucial elements of the production, from microphone locations in the crowd to a lighting design that presents exceptionally well on camera.

“Skyville Live viewers enjoy watching the performances as they happen; they are not seeking an over-polished and perfected experience,” Dugger said. “The Skyville Live team understands that live performance is special and unique, and they deliver on that value. That said, the freedom of working with this team means that we have a full day of rehearsal with extra time to tune the room for broadcast audio recording, match cameras on the chip chart, and work with the lighting designer to deliver the best possible viewing experience. The extra attention to detail is absolutely evident to the live audience both online and in the venue.”

Formed in 2004, TNDV produces events from small single-camera productions to multi-million dollar international TV events, and takes pride in building custom solutions for challenging productions of any size, in any situation.

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