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Wattsun on set of ‘Meisje van Plezier’

The Wattsun, a portable, plug and play power supply, is now for rent through Locatiewerk and Het Licht. Location manager Rob IJpelaar has already tested this battery system shortly on the set of Talpa’s Meisje van Plezier. There was a shoot at Schiphol airport, where the space was limited and a lot of care had to be taken with the surroundings. The little Wattsun worked perfectly for the lighting in the clothes and makeup van. Only the base unit (Dock) was needed, which could last 16 hours without recharging. Perfect for a whole shooting day. With its 1200W, it does not have the capacity to also connect hairdryers and other devices, but the Wattsun is ideal for certain applications. Think for example about a remote fill light on a larger set or battery recharging. A nice addition for the film set to have portable power available at any desired location! Read our more extensive article about the Wattsun here (IN...

Second season of Killing Eve partly shot in Amsterdam

The second season of the successful British series Killing Eve was partially shot in the capital last September, including scenes at the Rijksmuseum and the Red Light District. Killing Eve is about a security officer who tracks down a serial killer and is created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, also known for the popular series Fleabag. The lead roles are played by Sarah Oh and Jodie Comer and this season there is a supporting role for Dutch actor Roeland Fernhout. The Dutch part of the production was in the hands of Topkapi Films, who try to run every production as sustainable as possible. No exception here. Production manager Chrissy van der Linden explains: The English crew had already received and was using resuable water bottles and so we also gave the Dutch crew a bottle as a crew gift. We asked the extras to bring their own water bottles and use them. Our caterer Suus en Binkie made sure that there were water tanks on the set, so that everyone could refill their bottles easily. We didn’t use a single plastic water bottle or disposable cup. Furthermore, we limited the printing of scripts and schedules as much as possible. Everything was sent digitally and also supposed to be viewed digitally via Dropbox. Because we only shot in the center of Amsterdam, we asked our crew to come by bike. Nobody could or was even able to come by car. For the extras there was a special shuttle from a parking lot outside the city center. Location manager Thijs Bolle adds: The crew really did their best to separate waste. We had...

That’s how you do it: Americans produce sustainably on Dutch soil

It has been busy the last months in and around Amsterdam with plenty of shooting days for two different American feature films. NL Film is co-producer of Lyrebird, about the Dutch master forger Han van Meegeren, directed by Dan Friedkin. Kaap Holland Film, previously responsible for the shooting of Nolan’s Dunkirk, now co-produces The Goldfinch by director John Crowley, based on the book by Donna Tartt and starring Nicole Kidman. At the specific request of the American producers, both productions were run as sustainable as possible! Sustainability manager on set of The Goldfinch Since the producer made sustainability in all areas an absolute requirement, Barbara Dorrestein was appointed as sustainability coordinator on the Goldfinch set. She was responsible to ensure that all the work was done sustainably every day. Room was made in the budget for her to take frequent measurements as to be able to make a detailed report of the complete cost reduction at the end of production. Even though Barbara did not have a lot of time to prepare, she still found the process of working with Americans very insightful.  She was in contact with Earth Angel beforehand, who helped her on her way to keep track of the measurements to be taken at the various departments. In terms of decor and props, for example, it was recorded which items were bought second-hand and which could be re-used. Not only the consumption on the set itself was recorded, but also of additional facilities, from hotel rooms used to the number of laundry cycles. Barbara’s favourite sustainability action though, was to bring the leftover food to different shelters where it...

Workshop Sustainable Catering: Call for online platform and Harvest Map

Everyone is willing and the solutions are available, we only need to connect with each other to share knowledge, to gain access to the right materials and to implement applications. That was the conclusion all those present on the evening of February 20th agreed on, at the end of an inspiring workshop on Sustainable Catering in BlueCity in Rotterdam. An enthusiastic group of caterers, location managers, producers and entrepreneurs came together to exchange ideas for a sustainable approach on set. And ideas were in abundance. Sustainable Trade Fair In the beautiful circular hall in the former tropical swimming paradise looking onto the river Maas, various suppliers and initiators had built a sustainable trade fair. Harm Bredero brought his new Setsink. Tijn Heerkens from Locatiewerk showed, among other things, his latest acquisition, an electric bicycle. Biofutura displayed a wide variety of different sustainable disposables. Food made from crickets was to be admired at Burgs Foods. Anne Stijkel promoted her sustainable financing model ‘Geld GROEN Wassen‘ (Wash Money Green). Stichting Buurtcompost brought 1000 worms in a special hotel to promote composting. The men of Wattsun drew a lot of attention with their stackable pop-up power elements. And the Rotterzwam initiative, which promotes the growth of oyster mushrooms on coffee grounds and is also based in BlueCity, showed a number of grow kits. Before the start of the workshop, the participants had plenty of time to visit all the stalls and they did with great interest. At the same time, a delicious sustainable meal of quiches and salads was served by the BlueCity team. During this shared meal, ideas and experiences already started...

Save the date: Workshop Sustainable Catering

Another year has almost passed and so Green Film Making is eagerly looking forward to 2018. And especially to the previously announced Sustainable Catering workshop, which now has a date: February 20th. We are very happy with the very inspiring location for the meeting: BlueCity in Rotterdam. BlueCity serves as a breeding ground for innovative companies linking their waste-streams; the output of one is the input for the other. This makes Blue City, located in the former swimming paradise Tropicana, the best example in the Netherlands of the circular economy in practice. Because circular means to look at systems in a holistic way, with ‘catering’ we also mean the whole catering eco-system. So not only organic / vegetarian food, recyclable tableware and drinking tap water, but also transport, waste processing and the toilet. Everything that takes place around the catering car on the set, who and what comes and goes, is a subject for discussion. Dishwashing liquid refilling station For this meeting we want to get several different players at the same table, to ensure that all important positions can work together for the best result. We like to invite not only caterers but also location managers, producers and suppliers to discuss and develop a new approach. Based on our preliminary research into past experiences, we will brainstorm together about problems and solutions. There will also be several case studies of successful initiatives from other sectors and a number of suppliers demonstrating their products. For example, the refilling station of Ecover detergent. Waste processor Renewi, former Icova, will do a waste separation course, because who really knows exactly what belongs in...

Director Eddy Terstall joins IDFA Doc Talk

At Green Film Makings Doc Talk after the film Eating Animals this coming Thursday at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, we will be joined by Dutch Director Eddy Terstall. Eddy Terstall (1964) is known for his films Transit, Hufters & Hofdames, Vox Populi, and the critically acclaimed Simon (2004) that won four Golden Calves. His latest film, Alberta (2017), was largely shot in Canada. Eddy is fundamentally opposed to the suffering of animals and industrial farming and takes this into account in his work. He is also actively involved with Dutch political party Party for the Animals for whom he made two campaign films for the 2012 parliamentary elections. In 2014 he was on the Party for the Animals ballot for the European elections. Green Film Making hosts two Doc Talks during IDFA. Extended Q&A’s with special guests moderated by sustainability manager Els Rientjes following films with a sustainable theme that stimulate the mind and deepen our knowledge about social issues. About the film: Eating Animals Director: Christopher Quinn Duration: 95 min 18:30 Brakke Grond – Red Room Eating Animals is a complex but fascinating exploration of a habit that we just can’t get rid of. Based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer with the same name, this documentary offers a truckload of convincing arguments to reduce meat consumption and to restrict factory farming. An impressive line-up of experts shed light on the complexities of this issue, richly illustrated with historical fragments and, inevitably but necessary, sometimes shocking footage. Besides Eddy Terstall our second guest is Esther Akkerhuis, film caterer and owner of Spek & Bonen Catering. Esther Akkerhuis (1976) has been working in the hospitality industry...