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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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Going Green & Saving Green: A Cost-Benefit Analysis

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

GREEN FILM SHOOTING: Green Consciousness on the Set

Film students at the Hamburg Media School rely on a Green Runner

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 FILM SHOOTING: Studio Hamburg Makes It Happen

Green Shooting Card for Grostadtrevier By Bernd Jetschin

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.”

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GREEN FILM SHOOTING: A Climate of Change

Cinema and TV productions benefit from the sustainable environment at Bavaria Film Studios By Bernd Jetschin

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.

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GREEN FILM SHOOTING: Solar-powered Cinema

ECOCINEMA, the Dutch initiative is going global By Birgit Heidsiek

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