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2015 Environmental Media Association Awards Urge Climate Action

Who is the Environmental Media Association?

From combating climate change, to wildlife preservation and wilderness conservation, the Environmental Media Association (EMA) uses the power of Hollywood to inspire change and create solutions for our planet. Founded in 1989 by Cindy and Alan Horn and Lyn and Norman Lear, EMA is a Non-Profit 501(c)3 Organization dedicated to leveraging media and pop culture’s influence to protect the environment. Read More

10 Years Later – Producing Films in Post-Katrina Louisiana

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© Louisiana Entertainment

The sound of air reverberating through brass echoes in the damp, still air under a morning sun; chairs pulled out and the smell of buttery croissants dance with the laughter-filled chatter of New Orleans’ Tremé neighborhood. This is Louisiana. Ten years after Hurricane Katrina’s storm surge inundated the state, a static tide of Cajun energy is on the rise. Left with largely inadequate federal recovery funding and thousands of residents awaiting proper restitution, Louisiana is both a grand opportunity and a place in need of a hand up.

This rich cultural melting pot of French, African and American cultures is redefining itself with experimental civil reengineering and the opportunity of a blank slate. With open arms the Louisiana Office of Entertainment Industry Development has welcomed the creative minds of the day, pushing tax credits and other stimuli to attract film and television productions to its gulf shores.

The film and television industry has answered the call by returning to Louisiana to film world class productions in state-of-the-art facilities while creating a positive environmental, social and economic impact on a state in the throes of recovery.

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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, Scenechronize® 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

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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

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Harrison Ford in a still from Years of Living Dangerously

IMPACT FILMMAKING

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

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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

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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