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Production team The Big Escape goes the extra mile

Dutch production company BlazHoffski wants to produce as sustainably as possible and asked Green Film Making to consult their productions. And so on June 4th, sustainability manager Els Rientjes met with executive producer Nicolle Weenink and production manager Yara Graber, who were scheduled to shoot their third series of The Big Escape, a big reality game show with Dutch celebrities, in September. In a detailed conversation it became clear how they had produced the show in previous seasons and all details related to logistics were carefully evaluated. Based on this, Els made an initial report and detailed advice, with which Yara went to work. There was regular phone contact during the preproduction process, so that Els could always jump in or add something extra when needed. Of course, preparations are easier if you have run the production twice before, but then the trick is to make choices that are slightly different. And not just go on autopilot. From the outset it was clearly communicated with the crew that BlazHoffski really wants to produce sustainably, through the digital call sheets and in conversation with the crew and cast. In September, on the last construction day, we were invited to visit their set to speak to all the Heads of Department. We wanted to know how they had been involved in the preparations and what their vision was of the possibilities of a more sustainable season. Here a report of the measures that they took together. The crew slowly arrived one by one during the day, according to schedule. Production manager Yara had arranged personal drinking bottles with people’s names on...

On the way to the top: Taking stock after 4.5 years of Green Film Making

photo: Summer With Rana by Sanne Vogel By Sustainability Manager Els Rientjes In January 2015 I took over from Strawberry Earth and founded the Green Film Making Foundation. Now, 4.5 years later, I look back on a time of hard work, a lot of pushing and pulling, but also a time of meeting many professionals from the industry who really want to work together towards a different approach. Together we made beautiful films and shows produced in a more sustainable way. In the meantime, ambassadors have emerged in all areas of film making who lead the way in offering their craftsmanship to producers more sustainably. Each year I visited a few departments and made an inventory with them of how things are going; Catering, Art Department, Costumes and Make-up, Light, Location management and Postproduction. With their expertise and help, supplemented by research from other fields such as events and architecture, I came across new methods and materials that are also applicable in our profession of producing sound and image. But the film world is a rigid world, where changes are not so easy to achieve. People are often afraid of being the weakest link in the production chain and no Head of Department wants to cause delays. Or having to say “no”. So we are often on set with too many people and it is difficult to let go of our routines for new, cleaner methods. This will only work if we are convinced that it really works and if we dare to trust each other. It really helps if the producer can say that it is more efficient...

AVROTROS recycles clothing and props

In the past 6 months Green Film Making continued with consulting Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS in making its in-house productions more sustainable. Last year, Els Rientjes already worked with the teams of the shows Tussen Kunst en Kitsch and Opsporing Verzocht. This season the work was more than doubled with a larger number of productions. At the children’s department she advised the crafts and cooking show Jill and the game shows Kaal of Kammen and Zappsport. Besides that, she also consulted popular shows Opgelicht, EenVandaag and Radar. Els: ‘It is really striking to me how fundamental AVROTROS’ commitment to sustainability is. The producers and story editors are all very aware which direction the broadcaster has taken.‘ The entire company now drinks from ceramic cups that are washed every day and are returned to all kitchen areas, clean and in crates. Espresso cups are the latest addition, so everyone can now drink their preferred type of coffee from matching glasses and cups. For meetings or errands at the nearby Mediapark you simply book a company bike and the company canteen is sufficiently stocked with healthy choices. Els spotted more and more people using their own water bottles that are refilled with tap water. For each of the consulted productions she provided the teams with multiple tips to be worked on. They range from recommendations for more sustainable energy and transport on set to extra attention for catering on shooting days and tips for sustainable clothing for the presenters. A great success has already been booked in the field of clothing last November. The basement of the AVROTROS building was bursting at the seems with...

GFM at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards

During the last days of the Netherlands Film Festival Els Rientjes of Green Film Making travelled south. Unfortunately there was no special attention for sustainability at the NFF this year. The attempt to again attract attention for sustainable production with a special activity failed just before the start of the festival. That’s why Green Film Making gladly accepted the invitation to give a lecture at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards. From all over the world, show runners, advertising agencies and commissioners of educational and corporate films came to Cannes to receive their awards. More than 1000 entries had been received by the jury. And the atmosphere was, how else could it be in such a setting, great. Welcome drinks and matching snacks on the beach in front of the Carlton Hotel put excitement in the air. There was much speculation on who would go home with the silver, golden and even white dolphin this year. The Austrian host and festival director Alexander V. Kammel and his team, who organised the event for the eighth time, welcomed everyone personally. The next day there were three special lectures planned for the invited guests in the Carlton Hotel. The organizers had praised the GFM website with it’s many reports and ideas, and had therefor invited Els Rientjes to share her experiences for an hour. The audience was very excited and surprised that we already have so many materials and techniques that promote sustainability in filmmaking in the Netherlands. Especially the Australians and the Russians asked Els jealously on how to tackle this. The discussion focussed for a long time on waste sorting...

Focus on albert (UK) – Jeremy Mathieu

Photo by Annie East Jeremy Mathieu, International Manager of albert, the UK’s think-tank on sustainability in film and television, was recently in the Netherlands for a second training at NTR. The Dutch broadcaster has acquired the license for this British initiative to implement as the sustainability standard for their productions. It could be argued that albert, governed by the BAFTA albert Consortium, is the most established and developed program for sustainability in the audiovisual industry in Europe. Jeremy, originally from France but in the UK for over 15 years, divides his time between albert and his other job as sustainability advisor for the BBC. We catch up with him to get more insight in the possibilities of widespread implementation of the program and the context of the UK industry compared to the Dutch. He is clearly very driven and becomes increasingly enthusiastic when speaking about the vision and possibilities of albert. And it’s easy to see why. The UK context The sustainability efforts in the UK audiovisual industry differ from the Netherlands in that it all started within the established TV broadcasting system. In fact the collaborative albert project grew out of a BBC initiative with the development of a carbon calculator back in 2011. Keen to share the application with the rest of the industry the BBC brought it to BAFTA, a pan industry organisation, and now the BAFTA albert Consortium works similarly to Ecoprod in France, joining all major players in the field. All fourteen members of the albert Consortium are putting some money in the pot, which makes it possible to employ two people fulltime and...

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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:...