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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...

Workshop Sustainable Catering: Call for online platform and Harvest Map

Everyone is willing and the solutions are available, we only need to connect with each other to share knowledge, to gain access to the right materials and to implement applications. That was the conclusion all those present on the evening of February 20th agreed on, at the end of an inspiring workshop on Sustainable Catering in BlueCity in Rotterdam. An enthusiastic group of caterers, location managers, producers and entrepreneurs came together to exchange ideas for a sustainable approach on set. And ideas were in abundance. Sustainable Trade Fair In the beautiful circular hall in the former tropical swimming paradise looking onto the river Maas, various suppliers and initiators had built a sustainable trade fair. Harm Bredero brought his new Setsink. Tijn Heerkens from Locatiewerk showed, among other things, his latest acquisition, an electric bicycle. Biofutura displayed a wide variety of different sustainable disposables. Food made from crickets was to be admired at Burgs Foods. Anne Stijkel promoted her sustainable financing model ‘Geld GROEN Wassen‘ (Wash Money Green). Stichting Buurtcompost brought 1000 worms in a special hotel to promote composting. The men of Wattsun drew a lot of attention with their stackable pop-up power elements. And the Rotterzwam initiative, which promotes the growth of oyster mushrooms on coffee grounds and is also based in BlueCity, showed a number of grow kits. Before the start of the workshop, the participants had plenty of time to visit all the stalls and they did with great interest. At the same time, a delicious sustainable meal of quiches and salads was served by the BlueCity team. During this shared meal, ideas and experiences already started...

Save the date: Workshop Sustainable Catering

Another year has almost passed and so Green Film Making is eagerly looking forward to 2018. And especially to the previously announced Sustainable Catering workshop, which now has a date: February 20th. We are very happy with the very inspiring location for the meeting: BlueCity in Rotterdam. BlueCity serves as a breeding ground for innovative companies linking their waste-streams; the output of one is the input for the other. This makes Blue City, located in the former swimming paradise Tropicana, the best example in the Netherlands of the circular economy in practice. Because circular means to look at systems in a holistic way, with ‘catering’ we also mean the whole catering eco-system. So not only organic / vegetarian food, recyclable tableware and drinking tap water, but also transport, waste processing and the toilet. Everything that takes place around the catering car on the set, who and what comes and goes, is a subject for discussion. Dishwashing liquid refilling station For this meeting we want to get several different players at the same table, to ensure that all important positions can work together for the best result. We like to invite not only caterers but also location managers, producers and suppliers to discuss and develop a new approach. Based on our preliminary research into past experiences, we will brainstorm together about problems and solutions. There will also be several case studies of successful initiatives from other sectors and a number of suppliers demonstrating their products. For example, the refilling station of Ecover detergent. Waste processor Renewi, former Icova, will do a waste separation course, because who really knows exactly what belongs in...

Director Eddy Terstall joins IDFA Doc Talk

At Green Film Makings Doc Talk after the film Eating Animals this coming Thursday at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, we will be joined by Dutch Director Eddy Terstall. Eddy Terstall (1964) is known for his films Transit, Hufters & Hofdames, Vox Populi, and the critically acclaimed Simon (2004) that won four Golden Calves. His latest film, Alberta (2017), was largely shot in Canada. Eddy is fundamentally opposed to the suffering of animals and industrial farming and takes this into account in his work. He is also actively involved with Dutch political party Party for the Animals for whom he made two campaign films for the 2012 parliamentary elections. In 2014 he was on the Party for the Animals ballot for the European elections. Green Film Making hosts two Doc Talks during IDFA. Extended Q&A’s with special guests moderated by sustainability manager Els Rientjes following films with a sustainable theme that stimulate the mind and deepen our knowledge about social issues. About the film: Eating Animals Director: Christopher Quinn Duration: 95 min 18:30 Brakke Grond – Red Room Eating Animals is a complex but fascinating exploration of a habit that we just can’t get rid of. Based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer with the same name, this documentary offers a truckload of convincing arguments to reduce meat consumption and to restrict factory farming. An impressive line-up of experts shed light on the complexities of this issue, richly illustrated with historical fragments and, inevitably but necessary, sometimes shocking footage. Besides Eddy Terstall our second guest is Esther Akkerhuis, film caterer and owner of Spek & Bonen Catering. Esther Akkerhuis (1976) has been working in the hospitality industry...

Tap water pilot 2017

In 2017 Green Filmmaking is launching a call to action to use only tap water on set, in collaboration with Join the Pipe and the Municipality of Amsterdam. Film and TV-productions will be supported to test this sustainable and cost-reducing innovation in catering. Get on board! Do you recognize this situation on the ‘set’ of ‘Game of Thrones’? Good news! Green Film Making and the Municipality of Amsterdam have found each other in a common wish to definitively get rid of plastic water bottles. In the future the city of Amsterdam will implement strict rules for events and filmmakers in town, and this way wants to ensure a circular economy and a sustainable future for the people of Amsterdam. This is why Green Film Making has taken the lead, with the help of Join the Pipe, to also stop using plastic water bottles on film and TV sets. The idea is to only use tap water on the set through water taps and reusable bottles. Many festivals, such as theatre festival Parade, have already paved the way and we can do the same with the help of all crew members and a passionate caterer. To help get everyone started, Join the Pipe is prepared to sponsor reusable bottles to cinema and TV series in the coming months. What can you do as a producer / executive producer? Sign up through Green Film Making and you get one reusable bottle for each of your crew and cast members. They can be supplied with a clip to attach to a belt and people can write their names on them. The caterer should be on board for this process, because he/she will...

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...