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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...

Growing Greener Industry Wide: The GFMP in ‘SEE NL’ magazine

Have you checked out this month’s issue of SEE NL? On page 38, you’ll find an article on green film shooting featuring the Green Film Making Project‘s project leader, Chai Locher. In the same section Doreen Boonekamp, CEO of the Netherlands Film Fund (one of the partners of the Green Film Making Project), outlines the fund’s commitment to green filmmaking, and explains how exactly it is taking over within the Netherlands. This autumn, the Film Fund is hiring an in-house sustainability manager, who will assist with sustainable practice on their Dutch film sets; holding much greater implications for the greening of the industry at large. This recent step by the NFF to hire a sustainability manager, marks a significant development for the progress of green filmmaking within the Netherlands. The GFMP’s initial bottom-up approach to green filmmaking, is now transitioning to a more top-down approach made possible via the NFF’s commitment. And Chai welcomes such active improvements: “It’s not just us in a corner of the industry acting as a nuisance any more”. Green film producer Gijs Kerbosch (100% Halal productions), is also featured in the article and explains why the ‘bottom-up’ approach used by the GFMP has been so successful within the Dutch film industry, thus far. Kerbosch’s team hired an eco manager for the production of their KORT! short film in order to help make the set greener, while coming up with new sustainable solutions. Improvements for this set included: locating the production entirely within Amsterdam, choosing digital over film as a recording medium, and offering extra support to crew that arrived to set via foot, bike or tram. Get your hands on SEE NL’s latest magazine, or read the...

The Knowledge’s latest E-Guide Showcases Green Production Practice

UK based, ‘The Knowledge Online’ has recently published a beautiful and informative 16 page e-guide focused on the theme of ‘Sustainability in Film & TV Production’. The guide includes detailed sections on green production tips, in-depth interviews with green filmmaking professionals, working green solutions to on-set challenges, and also provides insight into the greening of film industries beyond Europe (GFMP is mentioned on pg 15!). Some of the forward-thinking & green film professionals featured in this issue are: Aaron Mathews (BAFTA‘s Industry Sustainability Manager), Emellie O’Brien (Hollywood’s on-set sustainability manager, of Earth Angel), Lynn McFarlane (Director of set recycling company Dresd), Marc Todd (of hazardous waste disposable company Hazgreen), and Jim Mann (of lighting company Lightwell). The guide also features the recent production successes in using BAFTA’s Albert carbon calculator, and showcases the first films awarded with the Albert+ certification. You can see the e-guide here. About ‘The Knowledge’ The first edition of ‘The Knowledge’ was published in 1986 by three experienced production managers who pooled their film industry expertise & contacts, in order to create a useful information database for film production professionals. ‘The Knowledge’ is now the UK’s premiere film/tv/commercial production directory. Since it’s inception, ‘The Knowledge’ has expanded to include an online platform, alongside the creation of publications which seek to promote relevant information exchange across the film...

Thekla Reuten (The Netherlands)

Thekla Reuten is known to most as an internationally acclaimed actress from films such as ‘Dinner’, and ‘The American’. But, in addition to a rich body of on-screen work, she is also proud ambassador of the Green Film Making Project. In this role, Thekla has been actively participating with filmmakers in the search for a green filmmaking industry identity, since the start of our project in 2012. As a judge for this year’s Green Film Making Competition geared towards European students, Thekla’s work in developing opportunities within sustainable production has been emphasized in the promise of future industry professionals: “It’s nice to see that green filmmaking has truly landed within the film industry”.   Living the green conscious life:  at home & at work Thekla’s intentions as an actress reach far beyond the screen, as she is adamant that sustainability plays an important role in her life and world views: “I have always thought about my role in the bigger picture, in the wellbeing of the earth and all that lives- about the story behind products we buy. So, when I got the chance to act as an ambassador for the Green Film Making Project, I knew that this role would suit me very well”. Thekla describes herself as an ambassador of sustainability, for the production pioneers who first explored, experienced, and wrestled with green filmmaking opportunities. “I totally understood the initial and inherent contradictions that the participants of the first Green Film Making Competition found in 2012. Sometimes it is difficult to open yourself up to a different and new way of working.” But, these initial challenges have...

Fresh Air: The BBC Talks Green Filmmaking

The BBC always has something fresh to share and this time, its green filmmaking! The BBC’s  Radio4 segment on green filmmaking emits that: “Single-use sets, huge crews, and jet set promotional tours all leave outsized carbon footprints. As a result, companies are springing up to help studios reduce their environmental impact”. Listen to interviews with green filmmaking experts from BAFTA , Earth Angel, Scenery Salvage, & Greenshoot, to get the fresh air on green filmmaking, direct from the sources that matter. [photo:BBC] You can listen to the BBC’s informative radio segment on green filmmaking here ( from 10:25-17:25). In the segment, Tim Williams of Scenery Salvage talks the business of recycling single-use film sets, while production designer Anthony Neil explains how green filmmaking helps him, “to be ambitious with even quite small budgets”. BAFTA’s Industry Sustainability Coordinator, Aaron Matthews is also interviewed, speaking on the greening of the industry and the importance of environmental stewards on-set: “with the cost of landfill now going up, we actually work out cheaper, but we are also very green, so we meet [the studios’] corporate-responsibility as well”. Hollywood Eco-Supervisor and Earth Angel Founder, Emellie O’Brien, also shares her experiences on blockbuster sets and explains why green filmmaking should matter to all production professionals, “this industry is one of the most influential in our society […] if we start to implement sustainability in our practices, that will inherently start to seep into our culture as a whole.” Absolutely. Not to mention the added benefits of a market competitiveness, adaptability, and industry resilience that innovative sustainable production approaches can foster for media industries! Maybe next on the BBC, a full radio show...