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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...

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...

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...

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...

Progress meeting: KORT! filmmakers talk innovation and successful sustainability on their Dutch sets

On June 25th, at the newly opened Cafe de Ceuvel (where pillars of sustainability and innovative reuse are incorporated into all areas of  business practice) the Green Film Making Project met with filmmakers from the Netherland’s Film Festival’s KORT! , and One Night Stand film programs, to discuss their progress on integrating sustainable approaches to their film sets. During the meeting, participants exchanged their experiences on introducing sustainability plans to their productions and sets: both the success stories, and the challenges. Marina Blok (Head of Drama, NTR ) and Renee van der Grinten ( Film Consultant for Documentary & Experimental Films, Dutch Film Fund) were also present to share with the participants their industry-based perspectives. And how exactly did it all go down? View photos from the event here on Facebook or, get the details here. Green filmmaking as presented to the participants, gave them a reason to think about the ways in which their cinematic ideas, and sustainable production of these ideas, could go – hand in hand. With this as a point of departure, each production company attempted to take on a more sustainable approach through every facet of their film’s production; and each did so in their own way. The verdict? Each production succeeded in getting their crews successfully involved in their respective sustainability plans. So much so, that crew members became active participants in contributing to the development of sustainability plans, while engaging in their set’s commitment to sustainable production. Regular contact and communication between crew members on these issues, contributed to this effective engagement. Quality and Sustainability : they’re better together VENFILM noticed that their crew members’ production choices were initially shaped by the cheapest...