For the technical departments Lighting, Camera, Sound and Grip developments happen very quickly. Across the board, you can say: manufacturers themselves are striving to make more efficient products, and this has an impact on green filmmaking.
Especially in the lighting department a lot of research has been done into what truly is environmentally friendly. Also in the professional sphere there are plenty of gaffers and DoP’s interested and experimenting with other forms of light.
Tips & Tricks
- Most effectively you save in lighting by filming in the summer
- For artificial lighting there are sustainable options. One of these is LED. For example, read this report from the NBF about a LED test with various digital cameras.
- Plasma and fluorescent lighting are also more sustainable options.
- Try to purchase energy from a sustainable source through an energy supplier that provides it, for example Greenchoice or Qurrent.
- On location, try to connect to the grid or use electric generators and battery packs. We made a special interactive Film Harvest Map where you can find all the available public power points and sustainable power solutions for the Netherlands. Try to use regular generators as little as possible. If there is no way around it, then inquire about possibilities for generators on biodiesel. Read these reports on “green batteries” used in the event industry, but have been tested on film sets, such as the Firefly and the True Hybrid.
- Clean any oil spills immediately and prevent it from sinking into the soil.
- By opting for digital filming you can avoid the polluting developing processes. At the same time you will consume a lot of energy. So this is something to consider from both angles. Especially with vintage, almost obsolete camera, filming is possible too. Old fashioned turns into fashion again.
Discuss everything thoroughly with your heads of department and crew members. This way everyone can figure out for themselves how to work sustainably within their department, and how to communicate this clearly to the rest of their crew.
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