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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...

35 KVA GreenBattery generator almost ready!

Good news for gaffers who want to use an electric generator on the set of larger productions: the GreenBattery will soon also be available in medium format, with a capacity of 30-35 KVA! It’s light and easy to transport plus it fits any regular parking spot in the city center. And of course the biggest advantage on set: it’s completely silent. These latest edition GreenBatteries are being tested at different festivals this month and will soon be available to rent for productions. The total offer of GreenBattery is now: 5 x small format (5 KVA) 2 x medium format (30-35 KVA) 8 x large format (50 KVA) (this version is heavy and so less easy to move around) In addition to Haarlem, the GreenBattery is now also available in Amsterdam. This reduces carbon emissions on transport! Keen to rent? Please contact Han Huiskamp...

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...

Energy on American sets

While Trump is pushing the brakes on the Paris Climate Agreement, the train of the big players in the US movie industry towards a sustainable approach has gathered so much speed it can’t be stopped. This month, we’re browsing around to see what the Americans are doing on set in the field of ‘green’ and especially energy consumption. One of the leaders in sustainability from the Hollywood studios is 20th Century Fox. Under the label of parent company 21st Century Fox (21CF), they launched a special department in 2007 that develops sustainability across all levels of the company. That year, 24 became the first CO2-neutral TV series ever made. At the start of the 21CF program, the focus was mainly on solar power. Easy choice of course: It never rains in Southern California. Solar generators FOX wasn’t the only one working with solar energy in the beginning. In 2006 a solar power system was installed on the roof of Warner Bros. Studio’s Mill Building. In 2010, Christopher Nolan’s Inception was already partly powered by solar energy with the generators from Pure Power Distribution. It seems that the company has since ceased to exist and the percentage of renewable energy for Inception was still small. But in 2013 they took a step further on the set of actor Jason Bateman’s first feature Bad Words. The production office and trailers, technology, communications and the light towers were powered by four Solar Eclipse solar generators. The Solar Eclipse consists of 10 panels, 2 SMA inverters and a battery pack. This saved the production thousands of gallons of diesel, reduced the total production time...

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...