Green success stories

Perfect planning, short ways to the set and smart management of resources are part of the secret of success of green productions. These effects can be measured by savings of time, money as well as by avoiding to generate waste. Among the latest Hollywoodwood movies that have been produced sustainably is The Post by Steven Spielberg, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks as leading actors. The gripping political thriller already attracted more than one million cinemagoers in Germany.


At the panel discussion Sustainability on Set that Green Film Shooting hosted in cooperation with  Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein (FFHSH) and MFG Baden-Württemberg at the Berlinale, Emellie O’Brien, CEO of New York-based Earth Angel gave an insight into her work as Eco Supervisor. She explained in her keynote how she creates sustainability concepts for film and TV productions in the US.

The first session  Don’t waste the waste focused on the waste management of  film productions. In Great Britain, for instance, the company Scenery Salvage offers the service to pick up the waste on set for a certain fee and to manage materials such as wood, metal, plastic so that it can be recyled, as Adrian Wootton, CEO of Film London, pointed out. In France, the collectiv Ecoprod did arrangements with organisations suich as Scelec-Batribox  that provides a free pick-up service for collecting used power cells and batteries, as Ecoprod Coordinator Joanna Gallardo underlined. In Belgium there are also various huge recycling projects. Nevertheles, there is still little awareness in the film industry, emphasized  
Tim Wagendorp, Sustainability Coordinator at  Flanders Audiovisual Fund.

The drama 3 Days in Quiberon Emely Atef that was presented as world premiere in the Berlinale Competition opened theatrically in Germany now. Producer Karsten Stöter talked about the green measures on set for which the production was awared a Green Shooting Card by the Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein. Environmentally-friendly produced was the Sky series Eight Days for which Grit Belitz was the green supervisor on set.

Nevina Satta, CEO of the Sardegna Film Commission, developed a green protocol for productions that come to shoot on the island. This inspired Italian producer Marta Donzelli to shoot the feature film Figlia Mia by Laura Bispuri as sustainable as possible. A huge impact had the measures that were taken for accomodation, transportation and catering. The two leading actresses Alba Rohrwacher and Valeria Golino who also attended the world premiere at Berlinale,  were delighted to support the green production.

Film funds can give producers incentives to go green. In Germany, productions often have to shoot in various regions all over the country in order to fulfill the economic effects that are linked to the support of the regional film funds. Karsten Stöter explained what that practically means for a production.

Photo: © Rolf Saupe/ Landesvertretung Hamburg

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