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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...

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....

Online ‘How to Green you Film Production (so far)’ Guide – Now in updated reprint!

Back in the summer of 2013, the Green Film Making Project developed and published the first sustainable production guide for the Dutch film industry: How to Green Your Film Production (so far). Created in collaboration with professional working filmmakers, and participants of the Green Film Making Project, the guide was developed to assist filmmakers and other audiovisual professionals who wanted to be more sustainable with the production of their films, commercials, and music videos. At this point (and almost one year after the original publication!) the guide has been published in a new, improved, updated and reprinted version. Download the 2014 reprint of the How to Green Your Film Production (so far) guide here. The overarching theme and message of the new guide remains the same as the older one, and is still completely relevant: the shift to green filmmaking within the Dutch film industry is a process that is not only defined by incorporating environmental awareness, but also through the harnessing of innovation, and more efficient work methods. The ‘so far’ part of the guide’s title, is still in full force as well, as sustainable development within the Dutch film industry is an ongoing process; fueled by evolving best practices, increasing professional experiences, and ongoing critical moments. GFMP project leader Chai Locher asserts that while the older version of the guide is still relevant, it does not include inputs on the more recent progress made regarding sustainable film production. To add to that, the number of experienced production professionals working in greener ways has also dramatically increased. Producer Gijs Kerbosch, and Eco Manager Lynn Koppen of 100% Halal Productions are just one...

Celebrating Sustainability: ‘Strawberry Earth Fair’ makes sustainable living a delicious piece of cake

Our creators at Strawberry Earth, who inspire people from all over the world to make sustainable choices both at home and at work, are hosting a fair! From October 11th – 12th 2014, the Strawberry Earth Fair will transform the Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam into a forest paradise packed with the latest in sustainable fashion, design, film, and food. This year’s fair includes a sustainably minded film programme so, let yourself sit back and enjoy some organic popcorn, as you become inspired by the very best films and documentaries about our planet. At the screenings, international speakers will be present for Q&A’s and to share in a live exchange after the films. Stay tuned for a grand announcement on the fair’s official film programme…coming soon! During the fair you can also explore the ‘Design of the Future’ expo, get your hands dirty during some adventurous workshops ( how to keep an urban chicken koop…!), or grab some of the sleekest new products in sustainable fashion and design. Movie tickets, passe-partout, day tickets to the fair, or workshop passes can all be purchased online starting on September 1st, so mark your calendars! For now, you can stay up to date with all of the programme offerings at the Strawberry Earth Fair’s website, or make your RSVP on facebook. Oh yes, and one more thing: prepare for some serious hipshaking at the afterparty!  What is Strawberry Earth? Strawberry Earth shares the latest in sustainability innovations for film, fashion, design, food and everything else that makes us smile: on it’s blog, at events, and in an online shop. It also runs projects such as...

Sustainability Success: Go Paperless and Problem-Free with new ‘Dramatify’ Production App

Sustainably minded filmmakers already know that paper on-set is unnecessary and harmful to the environment, and they have been finding ways of using digital platforms to eliminate the need for production print-outs. Enter ‘Dramatify’: the practical production tool that saves you money, time, and resources. This Swedish start-up had it’s international launch at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and now allows productions to push the ‘paperless’ idea even further. As a user-friendly online application, ‘Dramatify’ streamlines all production communications and administrations via mobile, tablet and browsers devices. This approach not only saves on paper and administration costs, but workflow throughout the entire production can also become more efficient: important information can be shared, accessed, and edited in real-time, from one place. Want to know more about how ‘Dramatify’ can improve your set? Read more about how it works to save budget $$$ and production resources here: ‘Dramatify’ was presented to the international film industry during this year’s Cannes International Film Festival . Creator Annika Lidne was present to introduce the ‘Dramatify’ website: a fully responsive site, that is accessible via tablet, computer, and smartphone. This tool allows crew members to stay up-to-date on relevant news, or the state of affairs during production. Through this platform, pertinent production information can be easily be exchanged, at any given moment, in a multitude of directions. A few of the new and more specific on-set possibilities provided by ‘Dramatify’ are: – creating, editing and sharing storyboards – digital script editing , and distribution – online sharing of different call sheets for different crews – communication platforms via a messenger board, and newsfeeds; managing and...

The Amazing (sustainable) Spider-Man is Earth Hour’s first super hero ambassador

This year, Earth Hour has joined forces with “the most eco friendly blockbuster in the history of Sony Pictures” , ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘.We truly admire this effort of the eco-blockbuster, for using its popular appeal to help shed light on the protection of the environment. After all, “With great power, comes great responsibility”. Millions of people around the world joined forces with Spider-Man during Earth Hour 2014, in turning their lights off for one hour, to become super heroes for the planet.This partnership inspires people to join in Earth Hour’s environmental movement, while highlighting the film’s commitment to becoming a sustainably produced film. Win, win, win! Never underestimate your power, and check Sustainable-Spidey in action for Earth Hour...