Sustainable production on ‘The Incident’

February 6, 2015

The second sustainability case study from the BFI Film Fund in partnership with Greenshoot was on ‘The Incident’ filmed in Huddersfield during the summer of 2014. Greenshoot worked closely with Caroline Cooper Charles (Producer) and Sandra McDermott (Line Producer) during the production to implement BS8909. With a young production crew working alongside experienced Heads of Departments across locations, the approach had to be accessible to engage cast and crew as well as efficient and flexible to work across locations.

 Greenshoot once again employed a runner who was a regional graduate from the Green Production Runner training course at Pinewood Studios, supported by Creative Skillset & Screen South, who joined the production for the first week. This helped to embed sustainable practices for the production and provided essential practical experience for the runner. They also used the Green Crew Memo to engage cast and crew with the initiative from the outset and establish clear communications.

 An excellent 27% saving in CO2, or 15.90 tonnes, was made on the production and the main areas of financial savings were from water management, waste, recycling and setting up a composting programme.  Green Production runner Tam O’Malley commented that ‘Reducing plastics and  banning all polystyrene was a great win on the production.’ Training and education along with cast and crew taking ownership of the initiatives were key to the success of the case study.

 Please find the case study here –BFI_The Incident_ Sustainability Report_


Greening the Screen 2015

December 22, 2014


Greening the Screen logoThe BFI and BAFTA  present the next in their series of Greening the Screen events on Wednesday 14 January 2015, with an afternoon of panel discussions and presentations showcasing current best practice for environmentally responsible production. Featuring leading practitioners from both film and television, the event will explore how the industry can act to lessen its environmental  impact both now and in the future, and what steps everyone can take to support sustainable practice.

The afternoon will concentrate on factual and scripted productions with contributions including from Caroline Cooper Charles (Producer, The Incident), Melanie Dicks (Greenshoot), Gareth Tandy (First Assistant Director, 45 Years),  Jane Hooks (Co-Producer, The Woman in Black) and Patrick Schweitzer (Producer, Call the Midwife and Whitechapel), and will be moderated by impressionist and green campaigner Alistair McGowan.

For further information and tickets please visit the BAFTA website.



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BFI Film Fund sustainability case study

December 9, 2014

BFI_FF_COL_LOGO_GLOW_PORTRAIT_POSThe BFI Film Fund has been working with Greenshoot to deliver two case studies on sustainability in film production. The aim is that the case studies will help provide the BFI with a clearer idea of how to support sustainable practices for film-making.

 Greenshoot worked on the film ‘45 Years’, produced by Tristan Goligher, with production company The Bureau to oversee sustainability management.  Also joining the production was a  green production runner who had attended Greenshoot’s green runner training course funded through Creative Skillset, and who lived locally to the shoot in Norfolk. Melanie Dicks from Greenshoot commented that  along with the green runner, the other key factor for successful sustainability management was the full support from producers and top management. The sustainability approach was successful and the carbon saving during the course of filming was 37 tonnes of Co2e – or the equivalent to the carbon footprint of travelling 94,400 miles by car or travelling approximately four times around the world.  

 The case study showed that this was a successful model in supporting sustainable practice and costs were also reduced as a result.

 Please find a summary of the case study here.



Hollywood A-list add their voices to call for conservation action and awareness

October 8, 2014

If you watch the beautifully shot short films that are part of the Nature is Speaking campaign you will hear the voices of Harrison Ford as The Ocean, Julia Roberts as Mother Nature and Kevin Spacey as The Rainforest. They are joined by other luminaries so far including Robert Redford, Penelope Cruz and Ed Norton all of whom add their considerable weight to the campaign message and wider eco debate.

With the tag line “Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature“, Conservation International’s campaign to raise awareness and action for the preservation of the world’s ecosystem offers both a warning and a challenge. The series of shorts narrated by the actors imagine the voices of our ecosystem and act as a call to arms for us all to engage in protecting and preserving the complex planet we inhabit before it is to late. 

Green filmmaking is awarded at this year’s Venice Biennale

September 25, 2014

Green Drop Award At the 71st Venice International Film Festival earlier this year, the Green Drop Award for ecology and sustainable production went to The Postman’s White Nights by Andrej Koncalovskij, who was also awarded the Festival’s Silver Lion for best Director.

The postman of the film’s title, lives in a remote village in Russia as part of a community whose simple lifestyle of self-sufficiency echoes life in previous centuries. Their only connection to the mainland, and to modern life and technology, is the postman’s boat. Koncalocskij uses this story to investigate issues of sustainability and suggests that “perhaps this film is an attempt to sharpen my hearing to listen to the quiet whisper of the universe”.

Now in its third year the award is organised by Green Cross Italy and the City of Venice, and is a ‘sister’ event to the Global Green USA’s annual ceremony held in Los Angeles ahead of the Oscars. Both eco organisations are part of Green Cross International, the environmental organisation established by Mikhail Gorbachev in 1993 after the Rio Earth Summit using the model of the more familiar medical organisation as an “international Green Cross that offers its assistance to States in ecological trouble”.

The award created by master glassmaker Simone Cenedese Murano in the form of droplet, this year contained a sample of soil from the Antarctic and was presented at a ceremony followed by a reception held aboard MS Turanor PlanetSolar, the world’s largest solar powered boat.


A recent study estimated that screen production (film and TV) in London alone produces 125,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.


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