Green filmmaking begins with the pre-production. At this stage you set your goals to make the production sustainable, make contact with those who also work sustainably and you discuss the sustainability plans with the crew. Do not forget to ask them for input. Sustainable work depends on good cooperation.
During production, it is important to continue to motivate the crew. It is smart to hire a sustainability manager for this purpose. The Dutch Film Fund can help with this.
After production is finished you see if your sustainable goals were met. Communicate the successes to the crew, this will be inspiring to start the next production with the newly acquired sustainable knowledge.
Tips & Tricks
Points to focus on to produce green:
- Reduce paper consumption / recycle
- Work digitally, share documents through Dropbox, Google Drive, or on your own server
- Reduce energy use
- Reduce use of materials / re-use
- Public Transport / Carpooling / promote driving electric
- Encourage waste sorting
- Encourage organic or (partially) vegetarian catering
- Encourage digital communication
- Invent local solutions to save on transport distances
- Foster long-term relationships
- Share knowledge / innovation
Use the call sheet
Via the call sheet you can easily give regular updates on sustainable (met) objectives. You can also share ‘green tips’.
- Compare banks on various themes related to sustainability and fair trade, through the Fair Bank Guide
- Choose a bank or investor who shares your sustainable ideals. Overall Triodos and ASN Bank have scored well.
- Use the Switching Service to change banks.
- Perhaps unnecessarily, but please inform yourself well about the conditions, requirements and of course the deadline when submitting a request for funding.
- Think about why a green investor should partner with you.
- Dare to think (commercially) about things like sponsorship and product placement with parties who promote fair trade, sustainability and environmental awareness. In Hollywood Green Product Placement is a well known player.
- And remember: Green is Cash! It pays to save on energy, CO2 emissions and raw materials because that ultimately makes you work more efficient and therefore cheaper
- Think about parties with whom you work or want to work. Are they also concerned with sustainability?
- Start talking to suppliers and crew members about sustainability. Explain why this is important.
- Formulate easily achievable goals and agreements. Put them down in writing if possible (ex: a possible target: After production 75% of trips were carpooled)
- Evaluate these goals and commitments regularly; is everything still going to plan?
- Try to avoid a ‘paper trail’. Send invoices, schedules, briefings and the like by mail
- Still needing to print? Use paper that is recycled at least 30%, print double-sided and choose the option “eco printing” if your printer supports it.
- Look at www.ecofont.com for alternative ways to save ink.
- A budget alternative is use the font Times New Roman. It will cost relatively the least ink of the standard fonts.
- Use refillable cartridges
- Print signage on paper or other biodegradable material, instead of plastic
- Use compostable disposable cups or buy used mugs or cups at the flea market/second hand shop.
- Try to work with daylight as much as possible
- Be energy efficient by using LED lamps and not leave lights on unnecessarily.
- Choose a web hosting provider that has sustainability high on the agenda, like Green Host.
- Try to configure computers and laptops as energy efficient as possible
- Use energy suppliers that provide green electricity and gas, such as Qurrent or Green Choice
- Try not to use air conditioning but fans instead.
The post-production house Filmmore developed an innovative app to make the production process more efficient. Watch the video below