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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...

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...

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Concept & Productie : Alhambra     Art-Direction : Peggy de Bruin     Post-Productie : Jan Pieter Kaptein Since it’s creation Green Film Making likes to share knowledge about producing sustainably. We try as best as we can to identify and showcase the alternatives that are already possible on set.  This was the message with which Els Rientjes attended the NFF Talentdag. A day for young and new filmmakers at the Dutch Film Festival. She showed the video above about transport [by Kasper Hoex, Alhambra Amsterdam], in which Green Film Making lists 8 tips that can make a big difference during production in terms of sustainability and cost reduction. Sharing knowledge becomes easier when the dialogue happens as directly as possible. All tips and information is welcome. Do you have something to share? Did you have an approach on set that could be useful for others? Let us know! Send an email to info@greenfilmmaking.com with pictures, videos and more. We will publish and promote your examples through our platform. Many thanks and see you soon! This is how Green Film Making shared material and tips in the past, with Zena Harris of Green Spark Group in Vancouver (Motion picture industry sustainable production consulting, news, and video production) resulting in this video:...

Make-up, special make-up and SFX

For our research section this month we dive into the world of Make-up and Special Make-Up, departments that are vital for how actors eventually appear on screen. We visit Carolina Leenders of ‘Head Affairs’ who has done make-up and wigs for numerous well-known characters in film and television. Further we invite ourselves to Rob’s Propshop of Rob Hillenbrink, where you are at the right address for the real specialists work. Both Carolina and Rob are professionals who try to work as sustainably as possible. Rob Hillenbrink wants to offer solutions by buying in bulk and re-sell the most sustainable glues and facial paints in smaller amounts to make-up specialists. He also offers an ecologically friendly and non-toxic glue, that he developed himself, to colleagues. It’s a big frustration for Carolina Leenders that the most sustainable mounting glues for moustaches and beards don’t hold so well. Most Make-up specialists don’t have enough knowledge to correctly interpret all the labels and too little time to really study the latest developments in that market. However, Rob Hillenbrink does have both. On top of that he shares the advantages of his large international network with his Dutch colleagues. Carolina Leenders has years of experience. Amongst others she is known for the very famous characters Van Koot & De Bie and of Kopspijkers. Her company is completely designed for a sustainable approach. Everything is carefully transported and stored in separate boxes. If handled correctly, wigs often last a long time and have to be rented many times before the manufacturing costs are recuperated. She only uses real hair and it shows. This is sustainable, but also more expensive....