Sustainable Filmmaking

For Project Green's First Edition, participants were required to implement at least seven of the following Suggested Methods of Sustainable Filmmaking:

 

Pre-Production
- Production meetings will be held locally and will be accessible via all modes of transport
- Communication between production staff/crew will be via e-mail and online forums/documents, as well as via telephones
- All accounting/administrative paperwork will be done online; printing will be kept to a minimum
- Pre-production office/headquarters should have recycling bins available and staff encouraged to bring their own reusable containers

 

Production
Location
- If possible, shoot at a location that is easily accessible via bus, train, bike, foot and/or car.
- Regardless of where the set is – middle of the desert vs. a busy city street – be mindful of the production’s impact on the environment and avoid damaging the surroundings with production-related activities.
- Make sure to remove all equipment and remnants from production – leave NOTHING behind after production.  This includes used tape for lighting, grease spills, gum wrappers, cigarette butts, etc.

Transportation/Travel
- Vehicles used throughout production should be electric or hybrid; absolutely no SUVs or diesel trucks permitted on sustainable sets or for use in-between locations
- If air transport is necessary, all shipments and/or flights should be combined to minimize the number of planes necessary for transport.  Arrival/departure times should be arranged to minimize car trips to airport, train station or bus station.

Equipment
- Memory: P2 cards should be used when possible, and all data should be captured to external hard drives for memory storage.  If film/tape stock is necessary filmmakers should capture footage nightly and reuse tape throughout production.
- Audio: memory cards, as opposed to tape, will be used to capture audio
- Lighting: Use of natural light when possible and/or battery powered lighting devices and/or solar powered lighting.  All lighting, regardless of source, should be turned off or powered down when not in immediate use.

Meals/Catering
- Production staff/crew should bring their own reusable plates and utensils, as well as cloth napkins, no paper/plastic plates or utensils will be provided
- Drinks will be dispensed via large containers and staff/crew/talent should bring coffee mugs and/or water bottles for drinking; no paper/plastic cups will be provided.
- On-set catering should come from local restaurants and/or local vendors who use local suppliers (perhaps production location organized in order to make this possible).
- Food should be biked or walked to set, and production should supply caterer with reusable containers for transporting.  Additionally, canvas/cloth bags should be used as opposed to paper/plastic
- Food waste should be composted when appropriate; uneaten food should be donated to local shelter(s)

Waste Disposal
- All materials that could be re-used will be (tape re-rolled and used a second/third time, call sheets used as scrap paper, etc).

Travel Accommodations
-  Camping - implementing Leave No Trace principles http://www.lnt.org
-  Staying with friends
-  Intentional/Artist Communities - visiting unique places on our route that use sustainable practices in their everyday lives.


Post-Production
- Post-Production office and edit suite will be accessible via all modes of transport.
- Communication between production staff/crew will be via e-mail and online forums/documents
- Equipment should be turned off when not in use; monitors can be powered down when computers need to run overnight
- All accounting/administrative paperwork will be done online; printing will be kept to a minimum
- Post-Production office/headquarters should have recycling bins available, and staff encouraged to bring their own reusable containers