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Sustainable generators: Volta Naos and The Green Generator

Slowly but surely the range of alternatives for the diesel generator is growing. Especially the silence of an electrical unit suits a set on location really well. In addition to the True Hybrid, GreenBattery, Wattsun and Greener, that are already known in our sector, The Green Generator and Volta Naos are being used in the construction and event sectors. With its maximum 10 kVA, the Volta would fit well on a smaller set and the Green Generator provides the necessary certainty and power for a larger production with fewer movements. Green Film Making visited The Green Generator’s home base just outside of Amsterdam. And location manager Ralf Wentink is investigating the possibilities for using the Volta for the production of an English mini-series to be shot on Dutch soil. The Green Generator There are already 89 units of The Green Generator, a hybrid off-grid power solution, available for rent. But only a few are left on site in Zuidoostbeemster. Sales director Johan de Leeuw says that most units are usually rented out, especially at construction sites. Also here they are very popular because of their silence, which is ideal for use in residential neighbourhoods. The unit has also been used for festivals and concerts such as Lowlands, Mysteryland and for a classical concert on the beach. There are two versions for rent, a 30 kVA hybrid with a 45 kVA generator and a 45 kVA hybrid with a 66 kVA generator. Power comes from the battery pack (with a storage of 60kW) combined with solar panels and is, if necessary, re-charged by the built-in generator. Units for sale range...

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...

Calculation: saving 96% on energy costs in Utrecht

‘One of the advantages of sustainable production is that it saves money!‘ We say this all the time. That it’s not poppycock is of course best proven with a concrete calculation example. We are getting help from various film commissions with the development of our harvest map and that’s how we learned that in Utrecht they have two nice examples in terms of energy. We spoke to Wim Horst, Advisor Special Use of Public Spaces, about how much you can save exactly by using green electricity instead of a diesel generator. The first example is the annual arrival of Sint and Piet, a ‘special’ Dutch December celebration. The parade always ends at the Dom square where some electricity is needed on location; there are a number of small activities, some lighting decoration and also local broadcaster RTV Utrecht shoots their usual reportage. Previously they used diesel generators which are relatively expensive at around 300 to 400 euros per day. Part of what makes them expensive is that they have to be dropped off and picked up by someone, by car. But now there is the possibility to use clean energy for a fraction of the price through the construction of two in ground feeder pillars on two sides of the square. These pillars are unlocked by Wim who, as he has done for 20 years, goes around on a folding bike (you can see him in action on the photo above). You pull a cable from the pillar to plug in and Bob’s your uncle. Invoicing goes directly through the municipality, which buys renewable energy. And here the calculation:...

Report GFM @ ADE Green 2018

Last edition of ADE Green, the Green Film Making team kept their eyes and ears open for new applications from the event world that can also be used on our sets. ADE Green is an annual conference on sustainability during the Amsterdam Dance Event. There were quite some familiar faces such as Tijl Couzij of Lab Vlieland and Paul Schurink of Green Events, who organised the panel on energy for the Municipality of Amsterdam. But especially at the ‘Six Innovation that will change the event industry‘ panel presented by Wilbert van der Kamp of Innofest, several interesting things caught our attention. Innofest tests the prototypes of various innovations at different Dutch festivals. For example, The Helia developed the ‘Sunflower‘, a parasol with solar panels with which you can charge your phone outdoors. It’s a nice reminder to think beyond the current limitations of what a certain type of material can do. Recently we also encountered this in the work of solar designer Marjan van Aubel. Imagine that solar energy can be generated in any kind of material, like in her project Current Window where glass is used to generate power. This way you are not dependent on a panel, but can for example use the housing of cameras and lighting gear or car exteriors to generate energy. If each device provides its own power, you do not need any outlet or generator anymore. But we digress. One of the presentators at the ADE Green panel was Peter Scheer from Semilla Sanitation Hubs, who with the beautiful slogan ‘Grow a seed with what you peed‘ goes a step further 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...

Filming in a nature reserve: Zomer Zonder Mama and Redbad

photo above: Martijn van der Vaart Photography What do the productions Zomer Zonder Mama (Summer Without Mom) and Redbad have in common? Besides that they both shot on location in a protected nature reserve, they also had the same location manager: Willem Doorman. Willem has been trying to introduce sustainable solutions on set for years. For example he often uses electric gators for transport, as can be seen in this video report on Prooi by Dick Maas. Ofcourse a nature reserve requires extra care in terms of environmental impact: Zomer Zonder Mama shot scenes in a shifting sand area in the province of Utrecht and Redbad, among others, in De Alde Feanen National Park in Friesland. A great opportunity to take a closer look again at how our local Dutch productions introduce sustainable measures on location. Zomer Zonder Mama: Plowing through drift sand Telefilm Zomer Zonder Mama, directed by Sanne Vogel, is a Joco Media production. The film is about 10-year-old Suzan who during a summer vacation at her grandmothers’ makes friends with a girl the same age; Rana. Rana is a refugee from a nearby refugee camp. This summer had two weeks of shooting for this production in the Soesterduinen, Utrechtse Heuvelrug region. As the largest and last place in the Netherlands where sand can still drift freely, the area is protected by the province of Utrecht as a geological monument. The reason why the team wanted to shoot there specifically was because of a scene around a tree house near a refugee camp where the tents and the tree house could be in the same frame. For an...