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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...

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...

35 KVA GreenBattery generator almost ready!

Good news for gaffers who want to use an electric generator on the set of larger productions: the GreenBattery will soon also be available in medium format, with a capacity of 30-35 KVA! It’s light and easy to transport plus it fits any regular parking spot in the city center. And of course the biggest advantage on set: it’s completely silent. These latest edition GreenBatteries are being tested at different festivals this month and will soon be available to rent for productions. The total offer of GreenBattery is now: 5 x small format (5 KVA) 2 x medium format (30-35 KVA) 8 x large format (50 KVA) (this version is heavy and so less easy to move around) In addition to Haarlem, the GreenBattery is now also available in Amsterdam. This reduces carbon emissions on transport! Keen to rent? Please contact Han Huiskamp...

Workshop Sustainable Catering: Call for online platform and Harvest Map

Everyone is willing and the solutions are available, we only need to connect with each other to share knowledge, to gain access to the right materials and to implement applications. That was the conclusion all those present on the evening of February 20th agreed on, at the end of an inspiring workshop on Sustainable Catering in BlueCity in Rotterdam. An enthusiastic group of caterers, location managers, producers and entrepreneurs came together to exchange ideas for a sustainable approach on set. And ideas were in abundance. Sustainable Trade Fair In the beautiful circular hall in the former tropical swimming paradise looking onto the river Maas, various suppliers and initiators had built a sustainable trade fair. Harm Bredero brought his new Setsink. Tijn Heerkens from Locatiewerk showed, among other things, his latest acquisition, an electric bicycle. Biofutura displayed a wide variety of different sustainable disposables. Food made from crickets was to be admired at Burgs Foods. Anne Stijkel promoted her sustainable financing model ‘Geld GROEN Wassen‘ (Wash Money Green). Stichting Buurtcompost brought 1000 worms in a special hotel to promote composting. The men of Wattsun drew a lot of attention with their stackable pop-up power elements. And the Rotterzwam initiative, which promotes the growth of oyster mushrooms on coffee grounds and is also based in BlueCity, showed a number of grow kits. Before the start of the workshop, the participants had plenty of time to visit all the stalls and they did with great interest. At the same time, a delicious sustainable meal of quiches and salads was served by the BlueCity team. During this shared meal, ideas and experiences already started...

Energy on American sets

While Trump is pushing the brakes on the Paris Climate Agreement, the train of the big players in the US movie industry towards a sustainable approach has gathered so much speed it can’t be stopped. This month, we’re browsing around to see what the Americans are doing on set in the field of ‘green’ and especially energy consumption. One of the leaders in sustainability from the Hollywood studios is 20th Century Fox. Under the label of parent company 21st Century Fox (21CF), they launched a special department in 2007 that develops sustainability across all levels of the company. That year, 24 became the first CO2-neutral TV series ever made. At the start of the 21CF program, the focus was mainly on solar power. Easy choice of course: It never rains in Southern California. Solar generators FOX wasn’t the only one working with solar energy in the beginning. In 2006 a solar power system was installed on the roof of Warner Bros. Studio’s Mill Building. In 2010, Christopher Nolan’s Inception was already partly powered by solar energy with the generators from Pure Power Distribution. It seems that the company has since ceased to exist and the percentage of renewable energy for Inception was still small. But in 2013 they took a step further on the set of actor Jason Bateman’s first feature Bad Words. The production office and trailers, technology, communications and the light towers were powered by four Solar Eclipse solar generators. The Solar Eclipse consists of 10 panels, 2 SMA inverters and a battery pack. This saved the production thousands of gallons of diesel, reduced the total production time...