Leo McHugh Carroll is Japheth, Jennifer Connelly is Naameh, Douglas Booth is Shem and Emma Watson is Ila in “Noah.” (Niko Tavernise / Paramount Pictures)
Film sets are notoriously wasteful places. Big movies can generate 225 tons of scrap metal, nearly 50 tons of construction and set debris, and 72 tons of food waste.
But Hollywood crews are starting to change their ways — and the results could have surprising effects on their bottom lines.
That’s the key take-away from a study recently released by PGA Green, the nonprofit formed by the Producers Guild of America in 2009 to spread awareness about how filmmakers can go green. The research is the first of its kind to be published by the nonprofit.
The myth that it costs more to “go green” on set is currently plaguing the production of film and television. Sustainable filmmaking efforts are making significant strides and continuing to evolve. When resistance by decision-makers occurs, however, it is often due to complaints over cost. Read More
Film students at the Hamburg Media School rely on a Green Runner
Since Spring 2013, student films at the Hamburg Media School have been produced sustainably. The students plan their productions according to the criteria that are required to receive Green Shooting Card certification, which is issued by the Film Förderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein (FFHSH).
“From the very beginning, it was clear that we would have to take this initiative to the film schools”, explains Christiane Scholz, a representative of Hamburg Film Commission who has just sealed a cooperation agreement with Professor Richard Reitinger, Head of Film Studies at the Hamburg Media School. “It was very much a case of preaching to the converted with students and teachers alike.” Read More
Green Shooting Card for Grostadtrevier By Bernd Jetschin
Studio Hamburg FilmProduktion is aiming to increase the number of sustainably produced TV series. Now that Großstadtrevier has been awarded the Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein (FFHSH) Green Shooting Card, their series Notruf Hafenkante is also in line to adopt green standards.
“A lot can be achieved, especially with a TV series, by the careful use of resources and energy efficiency”, explains Michael Lehmann, Chairman of Executive Management at Studio Hamburg Production Group. “Großstadtrevier is the first Studio Hamburg production to issue such a statement.
The Green Shooting Card recognizes and awards these achievements.”
Cinema and TV productions benefit from the sustainable environment at Bavaria Film Studios By Bernd Jetschin
Situated in a broad strip of woodland just outside Munich, the Bavaria Film Studios has revolutionized its energy policy.
The heating system works sustainably with geothermal energy and electricity which is generated by hydropower. Not only has the studio’s infrastructure become carbonneutral, but productions being made in the studio complex are adopting the concept as well.
ECOCINEMA, the Dutch initiative is going global
By Birgit Heidsiek
With Solar Cinema, Dutch filmmaker Maureen Prins has launched an international project that combines the best of film culture and sustainability. She is bringing her solar powered screening system to areas in Europe where movie theaters no longer exist or where independent films cannot be seen. Read More
By Birjit Heidsiek
“Green film production is an issue that we are already discussing at Berlinale Talents since several years”, says Matthtijs Wouter Knol, Project Manager Berlinale Talents. “Michael Geidel from the Green Film Initiative in Potsdam, an expert for sustainability, is a recurrent guest speaker. At our ‘Meet the expert’ workshop, he will discuss the practice of green according to the principle of ‘Reduce, reuse, recycle.’” Read More
By Birgit Heidsiek
The Berlin International Film Festival is partnering with the Forest Carbon Group a consulting group providing specialized services to climate-friendly companies and sustainable product strategies – which is calculating the carbon footprint for this year’s festival.
Unavoidable carbon emissions are being compensated by investment in a forest protection project in the Congo. This is being done to insure that a huge forest area, the size of 300,000 soccer fields, will be protected from deforestation. Read More
Sustainability Reloaded – The French Provence-Alpes-Cted Azur (PACA) presses every button to green film productions
By Birgit Heidsiek
The South of France attracts productions with various incentives to commit to green film production. The Provence-Alpes-Côted’Azur (PACA) region provides film professionals with sustainability development training and technical support before production.
Between 2010 and 2013, PACA offered producers a green incentive that is unique in the European film funding landscape. Film projects supported by the region received additional support of up to € 50,000 if they signed up for the sustainability deal. Altogether, 36 productions took advantage of this green incentive, among them not only short films and documentaries but also internationally renowned feature films that included Les neiges du Kilimandjaro by Robert Guédiguian, Möbius by Éric Rochant, and Jacques Audiard’s romantic drama Rust and Bone, which received six Césars in 2013. Read More
Sustainability from Scratch – In the Netherlands, the Green Film Making Project also includes coaching.
By Birgit Heidsiek
With the Green Film Making Project, the Dutch foundation Strawberry Earth aims to encourage filmmakers to produce their films sustainably. Producers can practice and participate in a green short film competition, workshops, and sessions with international industry experts.
The Green Film Making Project kicked off its 2012 short film competition with an open call to the Dutch film industry. “We invited producers to create a short film and produce it as sustainably as possible”, says Chai Locher, Project Leader at Green Film Making Project. Their efforts were monitored by a panel of film and sustainability professionals that was chaired by Dutch actress Thekla Reuten, Green Film Making Project’s ambassador-at-large. Read More