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You want to produce green, but where do you start? With this toolkit, we help you on your way. Most importantly under Tips & Tricks you will find specific guides for each department: Production, Art Department, Technical, Location, Catering and Logistics. In addition, in this toolkit you will also find useful international contacts, many instructional videos and calculators. We have also added a large number of resources for sustainable production from all over the web. If you think we have missed something important, send us an e-mail.

In general, bear in mind these simple three rules:

1) Start as early in the process as possible. By the time you arrive on the set, there is little time to effectively and gracefully facilitate change.

2) Be intelligently lazy. Don’t do everything yourself. Share your vision, involve heads of departments to come up with solutions, and make someone on the set responsible. Share your results with your crew, and with others who are interested in green filmmaking.

3) Never stop asking questions. Suppliers, employees, crew members, even you- no one likes to be ordered around, and told what to do. Asking questions is the way in, and can possibly lead you into undiscovered territory. And never stop. It’s a process, it will take you some time but when you keep moving,growing, and learning, you’ll reach your goal.

A useful checklist could include:

•    Set achievable goals for yourself and the team, and lead by example

•    Make a visible green commitment and engage the filmmakers, financiers and everyone involved with the production, at an early stage

•    Identify green partners who can supply the products/services you need

•    Hold a pre-production meeting with department heads to announce the sustainability plan

•    Solicit input from department heads regarding ways to make their department greener

•    Hold a kick-off meeting with cast and crew to communicate green goals and strategies for the production

•    Include green updates in weekly production meetings

•    Consider doing a mid-point evaluation: compute progress statistics and share lessons learned to keep crew engaged and to re-energize the team.