Perhaps the most frequented property for our Las Vegas production crews is the Sands Expo / Venetian / Palazzo.
From convention and meeting spaces to restaurants, pools, and suites, there are limitless opportunities for videos to be shot. Whether big or small, we are always ready for a new adventure, and we here at FiveSix Productions would like to share some of our knowledge about the property. The Venetian, Palazzo, and Sands Expo spreads southeast from the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Sands Avenue. Parking is easily accessed from a number of locations. The Venetian garage from LVB or Krueger and Koval, the Palazzo garage from Sands Ave., and there is free parking! (This is one of the last properties on the Strip to not charge for parking.) Pushing gear in is easy, but you’ll be pushing through casinos/restaurant row/Grand Canal shops from either garage to get to the convention space and expo space. We’ve never encountered trouble, but it’s a long push either way. If you’re shooting at the Expo, you may be able to load in/out at a cab depot on Sands Ave. Check with the Expo staff to see if it’s okay on your specific day/time, otherwise, we usually park at Palazzo and push gear in. It’s a tiny bit shorter of a walk.
The convention/meeting/expo space is located centrally to the two resorts, near restaurant row.
Note: Sands Expo is different from Venetian Convention space; there are halls in both, meeting rooms in both, but they are usually used in conjunction. You can access it via the casino level or Grand Canal Shops level. Sands Expo A/V handles in-house audio/lighting services, and they’ve always been helpful when we’ve worked with them. There’s not always communication between the client and the house, so make sure to bring enough power and audio cabling, just in case it isn’t always set. We’ve also gotten into the habit of bringing a lavalier kit, XLR turnarounds, XLR to 1/4 inch, and various other cables. We run into various and differing audio boards, so we are set for all contingencies. The lighting in the rooms can be a bit tricky because it’s really warm, probably 2700, and then the walls are a gold/yellow/whatever, so, even if you’re properly balanced, it’s still not great.
The suites are often used for interviews.
Sometimes we’ll use the room itself as a background (hence renting a visually attractive suite), and other times we’ll use a green or white screen. Space can be an issue, but just discuss that with your client ahead of time, and everything should fall into place.
This location has many restaurants that are located all over the property, but there’s a large grouping of them on the casino level near the convention space entrance.
Lastly… Starbucks! There’s a brand new, giant one right at the entrance to the convention space, but, as you’d imagine, the line can be terrifying.
Any other questions, feel free to reach out!