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Focus on Green 2016

On October 4th 2016 the ‘Focus on Green 2016’ congres took place, initiated from the Mediapark in Hilversum where most Dutch broadcasters are based. One of the central questions was, how we can make sure that the media goes along with the need to become more ecologically sustainable. The host of the day, Jan Douwe Kroeske, took the lead: ‘ Amongst other things by sharing stories and inspiring each other. And also by letting yourself be inspired. These are fundamentals of our profession.  Both Dutch (for example Gijs Kerbosch, Paul Römer, Bernice Notenboom and Peter Smit) and international guests (like Andy Ridley and Aaron Matthews) took the stage. Andy Ridley, initiator of the successful Earth Hour went first. He currently works for the Amsterdam based non-profit Circle Economy. Ridley: “No other country is as far removed from the concept of circulair economy as The Netherlands. Television and film can play a crucial part in making the concept known. Share the stories, as much as you can. ” Someone who was very keen to share his story at the congres was film and TV producer Gijs Kerbosch of 100% HALAL. A 100% ecological success-story? Not so much, but especially for that reason an important story to be heard. When Kerbosch produced his first short for broadcaster NTR, it needed to be done as ecologically friendly as possible. And so it was. An extra employee was hired to ensure the sustainability on set. With Kerbosch’s next film it was the same story. After the second film 100% HALAL grew exponentially (from 4 to 22 employees). This growth had the effect of making the ‘green film...

Mobile solar energy supplier Firefly is #winning!

Hi there! We’ve been in contact with Firefly Clean Energy, a mobile energy supplier that can be used on set. And we are planning a case with them, together with a Dutch film production. Stay tuned, we’ll share our updates on Facebook. For now, we celebrate this great success with Firefly! Firefly Wins HAE ‘Event Industry Product of the Year’ Award Firefly attended Hire Association Europe’s annual Hire Awards which took place on the 23rd of April at the Northumberland Hotel in London. We are pleased to announce that we were presented with the ‘Event Industry Product of the Year’ award for our Cygnus® Four Hybrid Power Generator. The awards represent the best in the industry for plant, tool, hire and event equipment. Presented by host Jeremy Vine, our team took to the stage to collect the award which was sponsored by Acrotherm. The judges said: “An excellent entry with impressive case studies to back up how this product delivers reliable and sustainable power solutions to the event industry, with real business benefits which include 100% silent and vibration free power and significant cost...

Green Screen Day IDFA 2015

Green Screen Day 2015 26 November 2015 Location: Brakke Grond, Nes 45, Amsterdam 11u45 – 23u30   On 26 November 2015 Green Film Making will host, in collaboration with IDFA, another edition of its Green Screen Day. Five documentaries with a broadening view on social and sustainable issues were selected for screening; with introductions and Q&A’s by special guests. Green Film Making also invited architect and innovation specialist Thomas Rau for a special lecture: “Our being is temporary, the consequences are permanent.” Rau will analyse and discuss the steps we have to take to turn sustainability into durability and will present a model for a new economic system.   11.45 Salero With short introduction by Els Rientjes (Green Film Making) and Q&A with Marnix ten Kortenaar. Brakke Grond, Expozaal Film: Moises is one of the last ‘Saleros’. On the Salar de Uyuni, worlds’ largest salt plane, he runs a small salt business in the old ways of his forefathers. Underneath his feet, in the blinding white ground, something else is hiding that could elevate Bolivia’s poor population into relative wealth: lithium. Bolivia has 35% of the worlds recourses of lithium, the building block of most rechargeable batteries. It’s the Green Saudi Arabia. But, is the world’s need for a green solution to transport worth the destruction of this unique environment and the ancient way of life that lives on it?  Lithium for thought. Guest: Are those lithium batteries really such a good solution? Ex-professional ice skater Marnix ten Kortenaar, now better known for his company Dr Ten, develops batteries made of sea-salt. He doesn’t like the hype surrounding Tesla...

Looking back at the workshop ‘Sustainability on location’ (22nd of May)

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 organised a workshop on Friday the 22nd of May with ‘sustainability on location’ as it’s central theme. This workshop was a continuation of the previous event ‘Sustainable production in practice’ that had taken place on the 19th of March. Visiting ‘Locatiewerk’ 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, Els had invited several other entrepreneurs to pitch their innovative equipment to the film industry. GreenBattery: a mobile battery trailer ‘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 also enthusiastic and would like to take...

Video & Recap: Dutch Workshop ‘Sustainable Production in Practice’ Sheds light on Fresh Insights

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.  We would love to complete your request on “write my research paper for me” in record time! 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 workshop...