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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...

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...

Green Filmmaking Competition for European Students, RESULTS ARE IN!

The judges have evaluated the final work of the 11 participating teams in the Green Film Making Competition for European Students (65 students from the UK, Ireland, and the Netherlands!), and they have come to a unanimous decision on the top 3 teams. The exact order of the 3rd (€ 1,000), 2nd (€ 1,500) and 1st (€ 2,500) prize title of “Green Filmmakers of the Year” however, will be announced at The Netherlands Film Festival on October 2, 2014. So, you will have to wait a little bit longer for that announcement! Curious about the competition’s outcomes, evaluation process, and – most importantly- which 3 student teams came out on top of the inaugural Green Filmmaking Student Competition?! Outcomes, and the exact order of the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners will be announced at the Netherlands Film Festival (October 2nd) where we’ll host an event about the latest in green filmmaking. The initial task of this competition was to come up with innovative, sustainable solutions for existing film production activities such as: art direction, technology, transportation, production office, lighting, etc. Student teams submitted along with their final films, written documentation on their sustainable approach and findings, as they were challenged to find new solutions to make film production processes more sustainable. A few of the teams also submitted videos that documented their process and on-set experiences – some budding documentary filmmakers in the mix! Overall, the jury was very pleased with the level of motivation and ambition of all the participants, and congratulates each student team, as they all tackled the subject matter & research in their own...

Sustainability Success: Go Paperless and Problem-Free with new ‘Dramatify’ Production App

Sustainably minded filmmakers already know that paper on-set is unnecessary and harmful to the environment, and they have been finding ways of using digital platforms to eliminate the need for production print-outs. Enter ‘Dramatify’: the practical production tool that saves you money, time, and resources. This Swedish start-up had it’s international launch at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and now allows productions to push the ‘paperless’ idea even further. As a user-friendly online application, ‘Dramatify’ streamlines all production communications and administrations via mobile, tablet and browsers devices. This approach not only saves on paper and administration costs, but workflow throughout the entire production can also become more efficient: important information can be shared, accessed, and edited in real-time, from one place. Want to know more about how ‘Dramatify’ can improve your set? Read more about how it works to save budget $$$ and production resources here: ‘Dramatify’ was presented to the international film industry during this year’s Cannes International Film Festival . Creator Annika Lidne was present to introduce the ‘Dramatify’ website: a fully responsive site, that is accessible via tablet, computer, and smartphone. This tool allows crew members to stay up-to-date on relevant news, or the state of affairs during production. Through this platform, pertinent production information can be easily be exchanged, at any given moment, in a multitude of directions. A few of the new and more specific on-set possibilities provided by ‘Dramatify’ are: – creating, editing and sharing storyboards – digital script editing , and distribution – online sharing of different call sheets for different crews – communication platforms via a messenger board, and newsfeeds; managing and...

App Supports Sustainable Post-Production Workflow

FILMMORE, a post production company based in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, presents an innovative app for the iPad that allows post-production processes to be a lot easier, efficient and more sustainable. The innovative ‘FILMMORE Dailies App’ (get the app here, or check the video we made on it) allows for the editing and sharing of ‘dailies’ among crew, in a very easy and process efficient way. In effect, the app supports a more sustainable post-production workflow as it streamlines the dailies while saving time, energy, transport, and budget. We’re convinced. Hans van Helden, Managing Director of FILMMORE explains some of the app’s many benefits: “The FILMMORE Dailies App is an iPad app that allows us to efficiently stream our dailies to the iPad of our clients. It is very secure: only people that are pointed out by the producer, are able to see it. In addition, it is very flexible in what you see in your image. We only create one version of the image, and you can choose what you see. You can resize the image easily, edit, adjust the color grading, and then share the images with the director of photography and director. The other thing is that you can actually annotate: you can draw on an image, write notes, and everybody that is attached to a project will be able to see the other person’s notes. You can then export that via e-mail and send it also to people who are not seeing the dailies. The other feature is the colour grading option, a DP can change something to a look that he likes, export that through...