The Importance of Filming Green and How to Do It
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The audiovisual sector emits around 1 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere every year. Us fFilmmakers play a role in these transitional periods.

Whether you are fully committed to protecting the environment in your daily life or are new to the “green world” of filmmaking, here are some tips to get you started or get you on the right track.

1) First, think about the basics

Think about the 3 Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle (and if you throw something away, sort it right!).

2) Talk to your team and broadcaster as early as possible about environmental friendliness

The sooner you talk to them about filming green, the more persuasive you will become and the easier it will be to keep your “green” attitude consistent and coherent throughout the filmmaking phase.

3) Avoid transportation

Host your team meetings online using any of the relevant services available (Zoom, Microsoft Team, Skype, Google Hang Out). If possible, choose cycling and walking over driving. When filming, be sure to accommodate your cast and crew close to the filming locations. When I was producing The Golden ageI accommodated the team in a beautiful villa surrounded by nature with a spectacular view of the sea. This is a historical drama filmed in 35 extraordinary locations, mainly on the French Riviera. It was only a 15-20 minute drive to virtually all of our filming locations in the region. Finding the right tradeoff when it comes to distances is challenging, but very rewarding and well worth the effort for your movie's carbon footprint. Plus, choosing a home in the middle of nature will encourage your team to love and respect it. And as a bonus, the reduced data traffic keeps costs down and dead time to a minimum. As everyone knows, time is money!

4) Go to neutral paper

Avoid printing your script and production documents. Instead, use a relevant app like font Go to zero paper. There are many other digital tools for every department, such as WeAudition for the casting, which also helps restrict transportation and is a huge time gain for your team and the actors who are recording themselves for you. If your team is pretty much in the same place and not very digital friendly, you can also put a board at the entrance of the place of your house where the 1 isst or 2nd AD can write the information for each day of shooting.

5) Replace eco-friendly cups and bottles with all plastic

There are many products on the market at all prices. Be sure to find one that suits you and your team. Plan ahead and make a selection that can be delivered or shipped straight to your base or location. This, in turn, reduces transportation and the time it takes a runner or PA to hunt them down at the last minute.

6) Use natural sets instead of decor

As much as possible, try to use the natural configuration of your locations (and choose locations that actually fit your vision) rather than completely re-transforming your locations and creating a completely new one decor. You could keep the location exactly as you find it, but unless you want to take full advantage of Dogme 95, keeping the material purchases for the set to a minimum will reduce the cost of embedded carbon associated with the Buying new products are linked. This also saves budget and makes your film more authentic. Make and buy only what you need to, using environmentally friendly materials. Buying second-hand saves you having to do something just for your film. The Golden age was filmed in 35 extraordinary locations that are absolutely authentic. Of course, each site had to be adjusted and set up to recreate the 1960s period, but we avoided building and using materials as much as possible. Where this was inevitable, we have maximized the use of recycled materials. It can be difficult to find all the places that fit your vision close to each other at the best time, let alone ensure that eco-friendly living is used, but with a little effort and research, you can easily be open to a green choice, without affecting your vision.

7) The same goes for costumes

Instead of buying new products, try partnering with a brand for your costumes and even props. To the The Golden ageWe decided to partner with Vilebrequin, Jean-Marie Legazel, for costumes and shoes, including the Gibson Guitars. Partnering with such great brands enables cross-promotion and limits your film's carbon footprint. Why buy brand new kits for the sole purpose of your movie when great alternatives are available?

8) Use natural light

In terms of lighting, use as much natural light as possible instead of systematically lighting with projectors. Of course, working with natural light is not always possible as it changes throughout the day and lighting is essential. However, do not use artificial light automatically. There are many ways to edit the natural light and the film at the golden hour, which only benefits you as a filmmaker from an artistic point of view. Discuss this with your DP or head lighting technician at an early stage and adjust your material list. When this is inevitable, low powered lights like LEDs use much less energy and keep all of them from melting.

9) Help your HMUAs use environmentally friendly, sustainable kits

Many HMUAs don't necessarily know how to deal with the bio-kit issue as some productions or performers are scared of them for a variety of reasons – from increased budget costs to allergies. Start a discussion with them early on to allay their concerns about reluctance to use environmentally friendly products. Keep in mind that some filmmakers or leading actors prefer certain brands because they are used to them or simply cannot tolerate certain substances. So encourage communication on this topic to find the best eco-friendly match and make everyone feel like they are working with what they are doing.

10) Work with eco-friendly partners, regardless of whether they are filming locations, film partners, your crew or cast

To the The Golden ageSome of our movie partners like the mythical Byblos Hotel have their own sustainable chart and eco-friendly restaurant, which is a very exciting achievement. If you promote sustainable initiatives, you will be valued by these innovative partners and crew members and will very likely forge new, very exciting partnerships.

11) Name someone on the team who is responsible for environmental issues

Make sure these "green rules" are promoted and make everyone feel responsible. After each, of course Guidelines can feel very daunting at first, especially when everyone is already dealing with all sorts of restrictions. But while we're going through a global pandemic, this may actually be an ideal time to pause and take the time to encourage everyone to feel more responsible about caring for our planet. This responsible person may or may not be one of your ads. The person on your team who is most interested in filming green, or who has filmed green extensively in the past, may be your best lawyer on your set. You should have the kind of personality that will gently guide people into making good decisions and be fun instead of being a green traffic cop.

12) Keep trying

Changes and the green will seem difficult, but a few key changes can make a big difference. So try your best! Don't blame yourself or your team for not being 100% green. The path to change is a marathon. Trying to get some of these points practically during production is already a huge achievement that you and your team can be proud of.

13) What's next?

You can have your production certified by EcoprodThis is a fantastic accomplishment that pays tribute to you as an ethical filmmaker. Plus the satisfaction of being a filmmaker taking action and being practically part of the change. It doesn't get much better, right? In addition, you need to keep an eye out for the future, where the green seal of approval is likely to get easier. So it's worth adapting to these changes now.

Share your successes, tips and successes with us and help raise awareness of filming green with us! Make sure to take photos of your environmental success, be it during the development phase, using the apps, while filming, while your team waves an eco bootle at the camera. Use the hashtags and be proud of your achievements. This is great PR. Be proud of yourself and #FilmGreen

About Jenna Suru

Jenna Suru founded Belle Époque Films in January 2015 on the basis of representing “The Dream Series” at Raindance 2014 in the area of ​​web series. She was the co-producer of two British shorts. The first, Spitball, was funded by Northern Ireland Screen and the second, Bigger Picture, played BAFTA nominated Robert Sheehan (Misfits, The Umbrella Academy). She directed and produced her debut feature film "L & # 39; Âge d & # 39; Or" as the only producer with an international cast, 35 extraordinary locations and an outstanding soundtrack with songs by Chuck Berry and Jimmy Reed. Jenna has worked for Canneseries since the first edition started in 2018 and is also director of the Paris International Film Festival.

Photo credit: Serge Angeloni.


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