As part of NBC Universal’s Green Week, FilmInFocus presents a special Five in Focus in which filmmakers offers greener ways to make movies.
Hire a sustainability consultant and contact your local film commission to see if they have guides to help make the most ecologically friendly decisions for your pre/post and production. Several film commissions around the country have started green initiatives and you should encourage your local film commission to do the same. For example the NYC film commission has a special program called NYC Green Screen.
Locally Produced Food
Buy locally produced food. Not only will you reduce your production's ecological footprint, but you will also reduce the often unhealthy food products your crew is exposed to (and the crashes associated with high caffeine and sugar intake). By eating healthier food your crew will be more productive. For local options in NYC you can visit www.cenyc.org.
Show care towards trees, including street trees. Do not staple or attach anything to trees, and be careful when parking your vehicles. Street trees are an especially important part of creating sustainable urban environments. For more information please visit Millions Trees NYC.
Shoot digital. Bahrani’s three features, Man Push Cart, Chop Shop and Goodbye Solo, were shot on HD using tape stock. However, the new short film, Plastic Bag, was shot using digital cards only, thus further reducing waste and resources. Film is costly – both economically & ecologically. Celluloid was the first synthetic plastic to be developed in the mid-1800's. Tape stock is also wasteful. For the same reasons that we need to stop using plastic bags, we need to stop using other forms of plastic that stay in the environment for thousands of years & damage ecosystems.
Don’t Be Wasteful
Don't waste resources. Contact an organization that will rescue uneaten food items left over from productions or daily catering. City Harvest rescues food for New Yorkers in need. Donate old items (wardrobe, props, furniture, etc.) to a local thrift store like the Salvation Army or an organization like Build it Green NYC or Film Biz Recycling.