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Film Harvest Map now online!

For the past 2 years, Green Film Making has worked hard on the development of our Film Harvest Map, in collaboration with architectural firm Superuse Studios. And yesterday it was officially launched! Find public charging points, electric generators and battery packs in The Netherlands that can be used on the film set: www.filmoogstkaart.nl You will find all tech specs and necessary contact details to get started right away. For the options of public charging points in several big Dutch cities we have had help from the local film commissioners. And all suppliers of sustainable applications listed on the map are ready to provide you with clean and quiet energy for the set. Do you have comments, updates, additions or would like your own profile to create entries yourself? Contact us now! Next year we will add to the map with options for sustainable set design, props and costumes. The map is not only limited to the Netherlands, new entries can be made for the entire world. Do you have ideas about cross-pollination with other initiatives or sectors that could find the map useful, we’re happy to hear from...

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...

New green missions in France: Waste, Post-production and eco-bonus in funding

After our first profile in 2013 on French partner in green production Ecoprod, we are catching up with them at the beginning of the year to see what they have on the agenda. Green Film Making spoke with Joanna Gallardo, the new director of the Ile De France Film commission as well as the international delegate for Ecoprod. Already 8 years in existence, the consortium is comprised of several stakeholders who all contribute to the Ecoprod initiative equally through sharing tasks as well as financially. They are an impressive list of high profile organizations: France Télévisions (the leading French public broadcasting group), the number 1 commercial channel TF1, CNC (National Centre for Cinema and the Moving Image), ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management agency), Audiens (social protection group for the cultural sector), Île de France Film Commission, and Le Pôle Media Grand Paris (hub for the audiovisual and film industry in the Paris region). Like Thekla Reuten in The Netherlands, Ecoprod has just attracted famous actress Audrey Dana to be the ambassador of green filmmaking for France. Charter At the Ile de France Film Commission headquarters, which doubles as the Ecoprod HQ, around the corner from the Paris Opera, Joanna explains that the complete team consists of 10 people who are all dedicating part of their time whilst employed by one of the consortium members. All members are engaged to attract new partners to Ecoprod through their respective vast networks. Prospective partners are asked to sign the Ecoprod charter and thus commit to the sustainable goals set within it. Becoming a member means getting access to the different trainings...

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...

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...

Calling all Sustainability Superstars: Netherlands Film Fund looking to hire on-set Sustainability Manager

Attention, attention! An important step has been taken in the transition to a fair and green film industry: The Netherlands Film Fund is looking for a Sustainability Manager. A development that our Green Film Making Project team is super proud of. While collaborating with the Netherlands Film Fund, one of the partners of our Green Film Making Project, it became clear there is a need for practical support in the field of green filmmaking. This is one of the reasons why the Fund decided to make a two-year pilot for an on-set Sustainability Manager possible. Are you ready to take the Dutch film industry into the future? Read more about the call (in Dutch) here and apply as fast as you can. Good luck! About the Green Film Making Project In 2012 Strawberry Earth initiated the Green Film Making Project. This project challenges Dutch film professionals to make production processes more sustainable on all levels. We collaborate with production companies, sustainable entrepreneurs, leading institutes in the film sector, key broadcasters and the two chief academies in the Dutch audio-visual industry. We wrote down our learnings in the first Dutch Sustainable Film Production Guide, entitled ‘How to Green your Film Production (so far)’ that you can read over here. If you enjoyed this article, you will also like the following from our blog: Fact:Sustainable Filmmaking can save you thousands of Budget Dollars $$$ and Who’s Who in Green Filmmaking: Emellie O’Brien...