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Workshop Art Department, Costumes and Make-Up

Workshops Festivals Sustainable behind the scenes Tests on set Tussen Kunst en Kas Green Film Making Project 2012-2014 Workshop: Art Department, Costumes en Make-Up   On March 28, 2017, Green Film Making organized a workshop in De Melkweg in Amsterdam to show how sustainability is already being applied in the Art Department and how it can still be improved. One thing was already clear beforehand: in the Art Department, in all its facets, they know how to make a lot from a little. From preparatory talks with different professionals, it showed there is a great passion for the job, and there is a deep wish to make more use of the Art Department than is often the case. This can be achieved by linking processes better and sharing knowledge and experience at an early stage in the production process. Eight different speakers with different specializations addressed the audience about their approach as well as their ideas for the future. Production designer Dirk Debou demonstrated live through drawings how he can work on a larger scale by thinking outside the box. Production Designer Kurt Loyens shared his experience in using digital tools and how this saves a lot on materials. Sustainability Manager Els Rientjes talked about the conversations she had with make-up artists and a visit to Rob’s Propshop. Costume designer Linda Bogers spoke with passion about her approach from pre-production and showed that a sustainable approach is not new. Set designer Leo Zandvliet spoke entertainingly about the hurdles that he encounters in each production and how he solves it during the production process. Production Designer Florian Legters gave a speech about his ambition...

Workshop Green Film Making in postproduction

Workshops Festivals Sustainable behind the scenes Tests on set Tussen Kunst en Kas Green Film Making Project 2012-2014 Workshop Postproduction   On 24 May 2016 Green Film Making organized the workshop “Green Filmmaking in postproduction” in collaboration with FC Walvisch and OQTOO. Program maker Andrea Pol (AVRO TROS, Early Birds, Opium 4) presented the evening with flair. One thing had been clear for a long time: in the post-production process, in all its facets, is always room for improvement. Discussions with professionals proved time and again the tremendous passion for the job and that there is a deep desire to get more out of the ‘post’ than is often the case. How can we achieve this was the subject of discussions during the workshop. Leading companies and individuals presented their findings. Guests were STORM Post Production and Sound Mixing Company WarnierPosta. Post Producers Maarten de Graaf of Milestone Amsterdam and Neeltje van der Heijden. VFX coordinator Kasper Oerlemans. And last but not least editor Job ter Burg. Many different innovations and applications were discussed. Mel Kroon, Data Manager STORM Post Production, told about a system (and app) developed by STORM which makes the workflow around the dailies and offlines many times more efficient. Such tools are already available at other post-production companies, but this system enhances the ease of use, and delivers additional capabilities on speed and safety. Mary Kramer, data handler and sound editor working at WarnierPosta advocated testing the workflow for postproduction. And to organize a meeting, after the shoot, but prior to the post. “Then everyone can assess a lot better where certain problems may arise in the...

Student Workshop ‘Waste on Set’

Workshops Festivals Sustainable behind the scenes Tests on set Tussen Kunst en Kas Green Film Making Project 2012-2014 Pizzaday Green Film Making: A student workshop about waste on set On October 4th 2015 Green Film Making organized a pizza day for students in collaboration with Circular Economy Foundation: a workshop aimed at addressing the waste problem on set. After an introduction to sustainable production and circular economy several brainstorming sessions followed where the problem was approached from the biomimicry angle. In nature circles close themselves (nature works circular) and all the ‘waste’ is food or building material for others. Students studied how they can use waste on the set effectively, through biomimicry. The results achieved in the festival world recently, reinforcing the results of this pizza day. Students with diverse backgrounds (among others students of the HKU, HvA, Saxxion Deventer, Fontys University Tilburg) were welcomed at a special location: The Aware House of carpet manufacturer Interface. In groups they went looking for insights and solutions, step by step and fed with examples from nature. The workshop was led by biologist and specialist in biomimicry Bowine Wijffels (Cailin Partners). Interface – a company that finds it’s inspiration for both the designs of their carpet tiles as well as their management in nature -is a leader in the Netherlands in sustainability and to Green Film Making an example to try to make sustainability work in the Dutch film industry. With seemingly simple questions such as “What is waste?”, “Where does it come from? ‘,’ Who produces it? ‘,’ Who is responsible? ‘,’ What do we do with it?” … The day was kicked...

Workshop ‘Sustainability on Set’

Workshops Festivals Sustainable behind the scenes Tests on set Tussen Kunst en Kas Green Film Making Project 2012-2014 Workshop Sustainability on Location What do you get if you stick sustainable entrepreneurs with their products, location managers and film producers together in one room? Good ideas about how you can collaborate to make the filmmaking process on location more sustainable! Exactly what Els Rientjes had envisioned when she organized a workshop on the 22nd of May 2015 with ‘sustainability on location’ as it’s central theme. This workshop was the result of the March 2015 event ‘Sustainable production in practice.” Place of action: the premises of ‘Locatiewerk’ owned by Tijn Heerkens, who was also present as a speaker on the 19th of March. For a while now Tijn has had several energy saving products on offer, such as the location van/trailer ‘Skyliner’ and the ‘WC-flex’. Both products are easy to relocate, energy efficient and have low water usage, which make them smart and efficient alternatives for the more traditional location facility vehicles and the classic Dixi porta-potty. The invited producers Ron Groenewoud (Ron Groenewoud Film), Daniel Aiss (ALP) and Niek Teunissen (Umami Media) inspected and assessed the product range of ‘Locatiewerk’ and besides this, Green Film Making had invited several other entrepreneurs to pitch their innovative equipment to the film industry. ‘I am definitely planning to start using what I have seen today’, said Ron Goenewoud at the end of the day. What did he see? The GreenBattery for example. This mobile battery is a smart replacement for the engine-generator and is already being used at music festivals. Daniel Aiss and Niek Teunissen are...

Workshop ‘Sustainable Production in Practice’

Workshops Festivals Sustainable behind the scenes Tests on set Tussen Kunst en Kas Green Film Making Project 2012-2014 On March 19th professional filmmakers, executive producers & location managers gathered at pllek, in Amsterdam to attend the workshop ‘Sustainable Production in Practice’. Els Rientjes (Sustainability Manager to the Dutch Film industry) hosted the workshop to harness a new way of thinking & working for production professionals: “If we do not participate in the sustainability shift now, we will soon loose our relevancy” said Rientjes. Best practises identified during the workshop include: detailed planning & communication of the sustainability strategy in pre-production, introducing a broader definition of work for location managers (since location managers best know the capacities of a site), strategic waste management, & the introduction of a Sustainable Coordinator as a permanent crew member on set. Location manager Tijn Heerkens (LocatieGoed), producer Marc Bary (IJswater Films), producer Trent (OAK Motion Pictures) & Remko Zuidema, the founder of BRIQS, were all on hand to share their working experiences with sustainable production. The main topic of discussion: waste. And in a broader perspective: How do you manage the location you’re running, and how do you leave it behind? What do you do with the huge amounts of waste and material which you no longer need after production?   One of the main take-aways presented by Els, was a reframing of the professional production approach; from the context of a linear economy on-set, to that of a circular economy. If we think this way, going green can also save ‘green’ for sets. See photos from the event here, or get the full Dutch recap of the...