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If the shoe fits …: which clothing lines are really sustainable?

Photo: Fabrice Monteiro, from the series The Prophecy Every production faces this question, from the evening news to a period drama: how do you dress the talent in front of the camera in a sustainable way? We researched the state of affairs at various costume departments last year (report in Dutch). And this showed that renting, storing for reuse and buying second-hand made the sector already considerably sustainable. Renting is, of course, a form of reuse. Many special costumes are stored and reused and clothing is bought second-hand or even used from personal wardrobes because of limited budgets. But there obviously are situations where new items are purchased or custom made. Lead actors, for example, often have to wear a tailor-made costume of good quality. In these cases it is still difficult to know whether the entire supply chain of a garment is sustainable. And there is too little knowledge about which fabrics have been manufactured sustainably and which are absolutely not. So we rummaged in the back of the closet again and wondered: is it possible to work more sustainably in the fashion industry? What if you do not have the time to mill around flea markets or second-hand shops and have no space for storage? And which stores offer the most sustainable collections if you have to buy new? No Frills: A new sustainable fashion line The clothing industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world. Most clothing is still made from materials that are not sustainably produced. The manufacturing process can also be much improved; the use of toxic chemicals as well as plastic packaging, massive...

Filming in a nature reserve: Zomer Zonder Mama and Redbad

photo above: Martijn van der Vaart Photography What do the productions Zomer Zonder Mama (Summer Without Mom) and Redbad have in common? Besides that they both shot on location in a protected nature reserve, they also had the same location manager: Willem Doorman. Willem has been trying to introduce sustainable solutions on set for years. For example he often uses electric gators for transport, as can be seen in this video report on Prooi by Dick Maas. Ofcourse a nature reserve requires extra care in terms of environmental impact: Zomer Zonder Mama shot scenes in a shifting sand area in the province of Utrecht and Redbad, among others, in De Alde Feanen National Park in Friesland. A great opportunity to take a closer look again at how our local Dutch productions introduce sustainable measures on location. Zomer Zonder Mama: Plowing through drift sand Telefilm Zomer Zonder Mama, directed by Sanne Vogel, is a Joco Media production. The film is about 10-year-old Suzan who during a summer vacation at her grandmothers’ makes friends with a girl the same age; Rana. Rana is a refugee from a nearby refugee camp. This summer had two weeks of shooting for this production in the Soesterduinen, Utrechtse Heuvelrug region. As the largest and last place in the Netherlands where sand can still drift freely, the area is protected by the province of Utrecht as a geological monument. The reason why the team wanted to shoot there specifically was because of a scene around a tree house near a refugee camp where the tents and the tree house could be in the same frame. For an...

That’s how you do it: Americans produce sustainably on Dutch soil

It has been busy the last months in and around Amsterdam with plenty of shooting days for two different American feature films. NL Film is co-producer of Lyrebird, about the Dutch master forger Han van Meegeren, directed by Dan Friedkin. Kaap Holland Film, previously responsible for the shooting of Nolan’s Dunkirk, now co-produces The Goldfinch by director John Crowley, based on the book by Donna Tartt and starring Nicole Kidman. At the specific request of the American producers, both productions were run as sustainable as possible! Sustainability manager on set of The Goldfinch Since the producer made sustainability in all areas an absolute requirement, Barbara Dorrestein was appointed as sustainability coordinator on the Goldfinch set. She was responsible to ensure that all the work was done sustainably every day. Room was made in the budget for her to take frequent measurements as to be able to make a detailed report of the complete cost reduction at the end of production. Even though Barbara did not have a lot of time to prepare, she still found the process of working with Americans very insightful.  She was in contact with Earth Angel beforehand, who helped her on her way to keep track of the measurements to be taken at the various departments. In terms of decor and props, for example, it was recorded which items were bought second-hand and which could be re-used. Not only the consumption on the set itself was recorded, but also of additional facilities, from hotel rooms used to the number of laundry cycles. Barbara’s favourite sustainability action though, was to bring the leftover food to different shelters where it...

New green missions in France: Waste, Post-production and eco-bonus in funding

After our first profile in 2013 on French partner in green production Ecoprod, we are catching up with them at the beginning of the year to see what they have on the agenda. Green Film Making spoke with Joanna Gallardo, the new director of the Ile De France Film commission as well as the international delegate for Ecoprod. Already 8 years in existence, the consortium is comprised of several stakeholders who all contribute to the Ecoprod initiative equally through sharing tasks as well as financially. They are an impressive list of high profile organizations: France Télévisions (the leading French public broadcasting group), the number 1 commercial channel TF1, CNC (National Centre for Cinema and the Moving Image), ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management agency), Audiens (social protection group for the cultural sector), Île de France Film Commission, and Le Pôle Media Grand Paris (hub for the audiovisual and film industry in the Paris region). Like Thekla Reuten in The Netherlands, Ecoprod has just attracted famous actress Audrey Dana to be the ambassador of green filmmaking for France. Charter At the Ile de France Film Commission headquarters, which doubles as the Ecoprod HQ, around the corner from the Paris Opera, Joanna explains that the complete team consists of 10 people who are all dedicating part of their time whilst employed by one of the consortium members. All members are engaged to attract new partners to Ecoprod through their respective vast networks. Prospective partners are asked to sign the Ecoprod charter and thus commit to the sustainable goals set within it. Becoming a member means getting access to the different trainings...

A mobile stand-alone solution on set: WATTSUN

In places without grid power, Wattsun offers a new solution: pop up power. Wattsun is revolutionary for off-grid energy needs. It is a portable, plug and play power supply that can be increased in capacity by stacking units. This makes Wattsun suitable for numerous applications, from charging camera batteries to supplying power for set lighting. To have continuous portable power available on any filming location will become a piece of cake! The base module is the Dock which comes with a 230 Volt socket. The modules can be stacked and de-stacked easily through which you can adjust the desired capacity yourself. Wattsun consists of a Dock and a Pack. Together this makes a Stack. The maximum power is 2000 Watts continuous. The Dock is the base module and has a capacity of 1 kWh. The ‘Packs’ each have a capacity of 1,5kWh. The Dock consists of a battery and an inverter to convert the stored energy to 230 Volt. A handy display shows all important information at a glance. A Pack consists of a battery, a smart operating system, and five LEDs that indicate the current battery status. By stacking a Pack on the Dock it is automatically linked to the Dock. The capacity can be expanded in this way according to need. An empty Pack? Just exchange it. This way you stay supplied with power continuously. You get the security of grid power, but where and whenever you want. You are independent, don’t need cables and it can be used directly. The constant voltage makes Wattsun also suitable for sensitive equipment such as laptops. The modules can be charged with solar panels or (green)...

Hybrid generator by Het Licht in use

Combination of sustainable lighting and efficiency is an instant hit. The True Hybrid, the hybrid generator developed by Het Licht, with an output of 28KVA, has been used on many different productions since the pilot on the set of Moordvrouw in November 2016. The sustainable generator van is easier to use, silent and more fuel efficient than regular generators. Daaf van de Veen from Het Licht is very keen to get feedback from gaffers that have used the True Hybrid, to take into consideration with further development. Users until now: Moordvrouw (gaffer: Mick Durlacher), Toon 2 (gaffer: Thomas Jeninga), Weemoedt (gaffer: Johan Hoitink), Dayan Yuragim (gaffer: Michiel Kingma), Van God Los (gaffer: Nicholas Burrough), Hollands Hoop (gaffer: Uwe Kuipers), Tarik (gaffer: Janneke Hogenboom). We asked gaffer Mick Durlacher, who was the first to use the True Hybrid on the set of Moordvrouw, about his experience. ‘It is an innovation I embrace‘, he answered immediately. The concept works. At het beginning we had some hick-ups because the lighting design for Moordvrouw had already been made and the set-up of the True Hybrid is slightly different.  But eventually he was able to save a lot of time, because the van can be parked directly on set and a lot less cabling was needed. And those cables also didn’t have to be rented and transported. But Mick is most enthusiastic about how silent it is. It makes working on set much more agreeable and efficient, plus it opens up a lot of possibilities for different locations. Shooting in the centre of Amsterdam at night without noise pollution will be much easier to arrange. It’s output is still limited, so at the moment the hybrid generator is only suitable for smaller productions. But Mick is impatiently waiting for the day the...