Industry Report: Green Film Shooting
Sustainable approaches, initiatives and projects to film production
When Baz Luhrmann brought F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s novel The Great Gatsby to the big screen with Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, it looked like the Roaring Twenties were celebrating their come back. But a different kind of zeitgeist prevailed behind the scenes. Warner Bros., as a leader in adopting sustainable production practices, followed its ambitious approach to green the film shoot in Australia
With the Green Film Making Project, the Dutch foundation Strawberry Earth aims to encourage filmmakers to produce their films sustainably. Producers can practice and participate in a green short film competition, workshops, and sessions with international industry experts
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)
Bavaria Film Studios have revolutionized their energy policy. The heating system works sustainably with geothermal energy and electricity which is generated by hydropower. Productions made in the studio complex are adopting the concept as well...
Producers who want to shoot their films sustainably are often confronted with lots of practical problems and they are concerned about the added expenses of time and money. In Belgium, the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) is listening to these concerns and is coming up with practical solutions
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 do not exist anymore or where independent films cannot be seen