April 23, 2015

Make TV

If you would like to book a tour of the studio, please email cameron@necatnetwork.org or pegstudio@nashville.gov


Becoming a member at NECAT is easy! 


Step 1: Take our classes

NECAT offers two required classes to begin using our studio.

TV Production is a 2-night class teaching you all of the technical elements of working in our TV studio: Camera Operation, Video Switching, Audio Engineering, Conducting Interviews, Lighting Design and Teleprompter Control. You also learn the Floor Director and Technical Director roles. This class is $40.00 and is required for all new members. After you have taken this class, you will automatically earn a Technician level membership at no further charge for your first year at the studio.

TV Pre-Production is a 2-night class, which is taken after TV Production has been completed. This class teaches you all of the elements of putting a series together, managing a studio, collaborating with crew, and becoming a NECAT Producer. This class is $50.00 and is only required for those who want to become a Producer. Technician-level members do not have to take this class.

Both classes are fun, interactive, and hands-on. 

Registration is required for all classes.



Step 2: Pick your membership status

Technician level membership has an annual fee of $40.00. When you take TV Production for the first time, the class fee covers the first year of your membership. As a Technician you can volunteer as crew on the production shoots of NECAT Producers. All students who have completed TV Production can volunteer for any position in the studio and the control room.

Producer level membership has an annual fee of $80.00. When you take TV Production for the first time, the class fee covers half of your Producer membership price for the first year. TV Production and TV Pre-Production classes are required for this membership. Once classes are completed and the remainder of your membership is paid for, you can then book the studio to start shooting your own production.



Step 3: Enhance your skills

We are pleased to offer 3 complimentary technical classes after you become a member: Editing, Green Screen and Audio.
Please note, that you cannot take these 3 classes until you have completed the required TV Production & Pre-Production classes and paid your yearly membership fee in full. You must be an active member to take these.
To sign up for each, please contact the instructor: 
1. for Editing Class, please directly contact Tim Jarvis by email at tim.jarvis@nashville.gov or by phone 615-354-1731. This one-on-one course is solely taught in the Adobe Premiere Pro editing software and taught on our in-house editing computers. In this class you will learn the basics of video editing fundamentals to give your content a complete, professional look.
Important: All videos worked on in the editing classes must be for content that is intended to air on the NECAT Network channels. 
Please, do not show up at the studio unannounced for class without contacting and confirming with the instructor first. Days and hours for Editing Class are flexible but adjusted dates/times must be discussed with the instructor beforehand. This class has a 2 person limit.

2. for Green Screenplease directly contact John Ferguson by email at john.ferguson@nashville.gov or by phone 615-354-1731. In this class you will learn the basics of the chroma key compositing technique for layering two images or video streams together based on colour hues (chroma range). In addition, you will also learn proper lighting techniques to make your green screen work appear seamless.
Please do not show up at the studio unannounced for class, without contacting and confirming with the instructor first.

3. for Audio Classplease directly contact Adam Krulewicz by email at adam.krulewicz@nashville.gov or by phone 615-354-1731. In this class you will learn professional audio fundamentals including: Signal Flow, Microphone Theory and Microphone Technique recommendations.
Please do not show up at the studio unannounced for class, without contacting and confirming with the instructor first.

Important: After reserving class time with the instructor, if you fail to show up (no call, no show) for any of the Specialty Classes or fail to cancel within 24 hours, you maybe issued a violation towards your membership.


Upcoming Classes:



February 2020

  • Pre-Production: February 24 & 25 – 6:00pm-9:30pm
  • Green Screen: Wednesday, February 26th – 5:30pm-9:30pm


March 2020

  • TV Production: March 5 & 6 – 6:00pm-9:30pm (full)
  • Editing: March 14th – 1:00pm-4:00pm (full)
  • Editing: March 28th – 1:00pm-4:00pm


April 2020

  • Pre-Production: April 9 & 10 – 6:00pm-9:30pm
  • TV Production: April 16 & 17 – 6:00pm-9:30pm
  • Green Screen: Sunday, April 26th – 3:30pm-6:00pm


June 2020

  • Pre-Production: June 4 & 5 – 6:00pm-9:30pm
  • Green Screen: Sunday, June 28th – 3:30pm-6:00pm


Each night of production class must be taken within the same week – TV Production must be taken on both nights back to back. However, TV Production Level and TV Pre-Production do not have to be taken within the same month.

Sign Up For TV Production & Pre-Production Classes!  

If you would like to sign up for our TV Production or Pre Production classes (dates listed above) please contact cameron@necatnetwork.org or pegstudio@nashville.gov or use the form below to pay online.

If you need to reschedule, please also contact cameron@necatnetwork.org or pegstudio@nashville.gov. Please be aware that failure to cancel your class reservation within 48 hours of class start time will result in a loss of your fees and class credit. Notify NECAT or PEG Studio staff if you are going to be late. If you are going to be more than 20 minutes late for any class, please reschedule. If you leave early on nights of class, you may have to retake the course per discretion of the instructors.

To sign up for TV Production class for the first time and pay your class fee, follow these steps:

1.) Enter your information in the form below

2.) Under “Classification”, choose “Technician”

3.) To the right of the form, select the date of class you would like to attend in the drop down under “TV Production Sign Up”

4.) Click “Submit” and continue to the payment gateway