What is Eco-Friendly Filmmaking?
Well, it's making filmmaking greener. The filmmaking industry has a big influence towards carbon emissions but can also influence change. We have a big voice and a big audience.
RMH Media Productions is focused on making those changes and influencing people on and off sets. Educating about greener productions and having those conversations about conservation.
Simply start with making changes at home and in the office. Things that can change during pre production- paper waste, going digital with scripts, travel, energy usage in offices and homes.
Below is a list of a few other things that can be done during productions, both large and small to make those changes.
Most importantly, remember that these things can take time. Changes can be made immediately, however use up what you have so they don't go to waste. And when it's time to replace items, recycle and dispose of things appropriately.
My goal is to look at keeping the creativity and quality of Cinematography high whilst also adopting eco friendly practices and equipment. I'll be exploring these on my blog which you can read here.
Make all paperwork digital. Keep things on a cloud based system which can be protected. Limit how much printed is done. Send digital invoices and contract. Digitally sign- there are great apps which allows you to sign your signature.
Scripts and script updates, keep them digital and make notes to them online.
Now a days everyone has a reusable bottle/coffee cups. So make it a requirement that cast and crew bring theirs. Of course you could provide cast and crew with reusable bottles and cups, but everyone most likely has their own. Add a clause in the contracts regarding cast and crew bringing their own bottles. Provide recycling bins for any waste that is produced in office and on set.
Lighting is a BIG energy source both on set and off. In offices, look at energy providers, and energy saving bulbs. Consider LED lighting on set. The RGB quality in lighting has improved to replicate tungsten lighting using gels, so this shouldn't take away from creativity. And you can still use gels with LED lighting, they just won't burn like with tungsten. Win Win!
For productions that provide catering, consider only having vegetarian/ vegan opetions. Whilst this might make a lot of people uncomfortable, the agriculture industry has a massive carbon footprint as well as other ethical issues. Personally, if these options were available, cast and crew wouldn't complain. They would enjoy some tasty and healthy food, and it might influence their choices off set. But at least the production is doing everything they can for a greener production.
Materials such as wood and cloth can be reused and recycled where possible. So sets and costumes could have a think about those options, as well as choose more eco friendly materials and spending options. Acquire props and costumes from charity shops/ second hand, dismantle a set and reuse the material for another production.
Something that could be recommended for the make up department is to look for vegan beauty products and make sure any products used has the leaping bunny certification. These are very easy to find, and products should label everything now. There are a lot of high tiered brands which are also vegan and animal cruelty free.
Consider having cast and crew be local to where filming will take place. Should travel be required, look at walking, biking, train, car sharing. And when considering cars as transport- look at electric cars or a dual electric/diesel car. There are tips online for flying greener which is worth a read if flying is still a requirement. Travel shouldn't hinder a production, but take into consideration these options before the journey.