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Sustainability case study report highlights the importance of training for the next generation of filmmakers

greenshoot-bfiThe BFI Lottery Film Fund worked with Melanie Dicks from Greenshoot to help adopt sustainable practice on three films that were in production last summer. These were film noir thriller City of Tiny Lights based on the novel by Patrick Neate, Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire and an adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s classic novel Swallows & Amazons.

The films were selected as they represented small, medium and big-budget films and, as before, the learning supported the model of a trainee Green Runner leading on sustainability on-set with the support of the Producer. You can read the full Greenshoot report to find out more about how successful each production was in reducing its carbon footprint and making financial savings.

Green film at the berlinale 2016

Green Film Shooting produced a round-up of current green film news in their special edition brochure for the Berlinale. Opening with a message from Actor, Politician, and Environmentalist Arnold Schwarzenegger on the ‘powerful’ role the media has to play in the fight against climate change, Green Film Shooting reported on the evolving co-operation between the Filmfӧrderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein and neighboring Scandinavian counties to share learning and tools for green production. Also highlighted were initiatives in Italy where the Italian Film Commission has started to implement green guidelines in their regions, and the UK were Carbon Literacy courses run by BAFTA’s Albert consortium are supporting sustainable practices in the television sector.Berlinale 2016

In France, Ecoprod has been working with Centre national du cinema (CNC) to introduce sustainable practices in film and television production and a first European Green Cinema ‘seal’ has been launched to support a sustainable exhibition sector. Practical examples of sustainable practice include the modernisation of Germany’s ZDF TV studios with the installation of LED lighting and a feature on promising new eco-friendly materials Myco Foam and Board, grown from agricultural by-products instead of petroleum which are fully compostable and could be used as construction material on production sets.

Amongst all the positive news, it is noted that the challenge of how best to embed sustainable practices into everyday routines remains.

Green screen initiative for londons film and television industries

Film London and environmental sustainability specialists Greenshoot have partnered to develop a platform to support production industries become more environmentally sustainable. Green Screen aims to help users cut carbon, reduce waste and support sustainable practices while also helping productions to save money. The model was successfully piloted on a range of different productions; The Crown (Netflix), Free Fire (Rook Films) and City of Tiny Lights (BBC Films). Film London is now encouraging productions including feature films, television programs, documentaries and commercials to sign up to the initiative. Encouragingly, Left Bank Pictures producers of Wallander has confirmed that all their television productions will seek Green Screen certification.Film London

Green Screen provides an interactive step-by-step guide through the production process to help users achieve environmental targets. The end results are then submitted for the production to receive the green audit and be awarded an official Green Screen Stamp.

Green production training

Now that more and more productions are embracing sustainability, a trained ‘Green Runner’ is an increasingly in-demand role. In July, Greenshoot ran a one day course attended by 15 very keen students which covered all aspects of the role, including a breakdown on-set daily duties and what makes a product sustainable such as sourcing ethical suppliers and charitable legacy. The course also provided a full explanation of the Green Screen environmental production platform.

Uniquely, Green Runners interact with every department on a production, so when they get on-board it’s also a chance for them to understand all the various crew roles and decide which is right for them. The next Green Production Runner 1 day training course will be run on 22 September.

But it’s not just runners who are undergoing green training. A course for producers, line producers, and production managers is being held on 20 October at the BFI. It’s a morning session that works as a perfect introduction to the idea of sustainable production and how it can benefit a production environmentally, ethically and financially.

60th BFI London Film Festival to host Leonarado DiCaprio’s climate change documentry

Before the Flood, produced by DiCaprio with Martin Scorsese as an Executive Producer, will have its European premiere at this year’s London Film Festival. It will be a Special Presentation program addition on Saturday 15 September.

The film follows DiCaprio as he speaks to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of climate change and investigates solutions to the pressing challenge. Director, Fisher Stevens said “my hope is that this film provides a global wake-up call about our inevitable fate should we fail to act.”

For further information and tickets visit the BFI website.