Going Digital on Set


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Computers, cell phones and tablets are readily available and already used for the bulk of daily communication. So, why are many film and television productions still using paper copies to communicate on set? Does paper, as a physical entity, still hold its traditional allure? Or, is the production industry ready to make the jump into fully digital production?

To answer these questions we sat down with Entertainment Partners’, George Hrico, Scenechonize® Product Implementation Specialist, and Darren Ehlers, SVP of Products, to discuss the status of digital production and learn a bit more about how production technology can be used to support on-set environmental, financial, security and efficiency initiatives.

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Nine Ways to Reduce Production Paper Use

Despite predictions that the digital revolution would make paper obsolete, many film and television production sets are still dependent on paper for on-set communication, scripts, call sheets, one liners and on-boarding documents. While omnipresent and seemingly infinite in supply, the impact of paper consumption and disposal is large and growing.

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Produced By Magazine – The Girl with the Green Hand – May/Jun 2015

Emellie O'Brien

Emellie O’Brien, The Amazing Spiderman 2

New York-based Earth Angel Emellie O’Brien on her experiences as an Eco Supervisor

 Interview: Birgit Heidsiek of Green Film Shooting

‘Making movies without making a mess’ is the motto of Eco Supervisor Emellie O’Brien, Co-Founder of New York-based Earth Angel Sustainable Production Services that made The Amazing Spider-Man 2 the most eco-friendly tentpole movie in the history of Sony Pictures. Besides greening theatrical feature film productions such as Noah by Darren Aronofsky and Gods Behaving Badly by Jon Turtletaub, Emellie O’Brien also makes a sustainable impact on prime time TV shows shot in New York City. Read More

Produced By Magazine – Impact Filmmaking – Mar/Apr 2015


Harrison Ford in a still from Years of Living Dangerously


At the Produced By Conference five years ago, Marshall Herskovitz issued a call to action. Bemoaning the lack of films about, in his view, the most perilous environmental issue of our time — climate change — he challenged producers and writers in the audience to develop scripts on that subject. “Get them on my desk,” he urged, banging the table, calling on his colleagues to help turn the tide.  Read More

The French Connection

France TV

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In France, Ecoprod is pulling the green trigger

by Birgit Heidsiek of Green Film Shooting

Ecoprod, a network composed of film-funding agencies, broadcasters, and environmental agencies, has launched sustainability as a driving force in the audiovisual sector in France. In 2014, the Centre National du Cinema (CNC) began investing € 6m per year in ecological sustainability projects. TV stations, such as France Télévisions, are now upgrading their news and sports studios with LED lighting.

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DutchView’s Vision

In the Netherlands, green broadcasting is part of the business model green-film-shooting

by Birgit Heidsiek

By introducing the first sustainable Outdoor Broadcasting (“OB”) van, the Dutch service company DutchView is setting a new benchmark in the broadcast business. This energy-efficient television production vehicle consumes 30% less energy than a traditional OB van, which makes it a real cost cutter. Read More

Produced By Magazine – Food Donation – Jan/Feb 2015

FOOD DONATION: It’s a good thing, and it’s a green thing, too

I recall working in Vancouver in the ’90s, where our caterer occasionally gave the leftovers to local homeless people in the area. But how often have we thought about this on a larger scale? Are we really aware of the scope of how many people in America go hungry each and every day? And what can producers do about it? Read More

Greener Film Shoots Can Also Save Costs, Report Says

By Madeline O’Leary | View Original Article on

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.

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