The Salem Set. Photo by Casey Rackham for Screener
Fox 21 Television Studios and the production crew on the horror thriller series Salem recently donated more than $200,000 worth of set materials to the city of Shreveport, Louisiana, where the series has filmed each of its three seasons. The donation will go toward the city’s efforts to repurpose an abandoned community center into an environmentally sustainable aquarium. The new building is set to become the first in the state’s history to achieve LEED Platinum certification and will receive $166,000 worth of lumber used to construct Salem’s sets, as well as individual set pieces such as water wells, foam trees, and foam rocks that can be used in the aquarium’s exhibits. Read More
As part of 21st Century Fox’s commitment to minimizing its environmental impacts, the company recently focused its efforts on the production of FX’s Legion, the eight-episode drama from Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley set in the world of the X-Men. Over the course of the nearly six-month shoot, the crew implemented a series of ambitious measures to make the production as environmentally sustainable as possible, not only following existing best practice but also experimenting with new green technologies such as portable electric generators that could advance sustainability efforts across the entire film and television industry. These initiatives, coupled with the Vancouver area’s support for green vendors and infrastructure, resulted in energy and cost savings across the board.
As any artist will tell you, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure and a large production’s “trash”—whether an advertising shoot, film or large event—is a goldmine. As a project comes to an end and the creative departments begin striking sets and sorting through props, the dumpsters and heavy duty trash bags come out. If struggling filmmakers and artists of all mediums saw what entered the dumpsters destined for landfills and incinerators, they might tear up a little. And so the question becomes, why needlessly throw away material perfectly fit for reuse in other productions or art? Especially when commonly discarded items are layout board, foam core, rope, lighting gels, art supplies, constructed set walls, custom props, platforms, flooring, lumber and sheet goods. Read More
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I come to write this article, my first for TriplePundit, as someone who has worked in film, television production and entertainment marketing since the late ’80s. Back in the day, not much thought was given to throwing away old sets and materials after a shoot or production. Somehow, back then, as in many other industries, no one really considered what happens to all of this garbage, much of it coated with toxic chemicals, after we were done with those fake boulders we made for a commercial or that fake streetcar made of wood, foam, metal and Bondo that was made to crash for 20 seconds on film.
When Twentieth Century Fox Television announced in 2015 that its highly successful series The X-Files would return to television with a six-episode event series, the studio seized the opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to environmentally responsible production practices. The new series filmed in 40 individual locations across British Columbia, including Vancouver’s North Shore Studios, with each requiring elaborate set construction, lengthy transportation demands, and long shooting hours calling for sustained electricity and fuel use. To mitigate these challenges, Fox brought on Zena Harris of Green Spark Group to serve as the sustainable production consultant. Thanks to her efforts and those of the entire crew, the production managed to divert more than 81% of its total waste from landfill, recycle 100% of the aluminum and steel used in set construction, and avoid 33 tonnes of CO2 emissions, generating nearly $41,000 in cost savings. Read More
Producer Mindy Fila (right) and script supervisor Jennifer Capra get Big Bird’s signoff on Sesame Street’s new digital scripts.
A TV Mainstay Embraces Digital Scripts
Written by: Claudine Marrotte and Christina Delfico
Don’t worry, kids; he’s not dying his feathers green. But Sesame Street, which has been entertaining children and adults alike for forty-five years has begun implementing “green” strategies in their writing and producing departments.
As the end of the year comes to a close, Green Production Guide’s parent organization, the Producer’s Guild of America made a portion of their PGA Green budget available for a vendor grant. Demarking the success of the organization’s consistent growth and dedication to its mission to reduce poverty, Rock and Wrap it Up! (RWU) was awarded the 2015 Green Vendor Grant. During the past few years RWU has grown from a vendor to a valuable production resource by assisting films in the process of integrating food recovery programs into their catering services. Food donations benefit film and TV productions by fulfilling studio corporate social responsibility commitments, as well as providing measurable emissions reductions. Those reductions are equivalent to the amount of food mitigated from reaching landfills where it would inevitably release methane during decomposition. These statistics are easily attributed to productions’ environmental initiatives. Read More
Who is the Environmental Media Association?
From combating climate change, to wildlife preservation and wilderness conservation, the Environmental Media Association (EMA) uses the power of Hollywood to inspire change and create solutions for our planet. Founded in 1989 by Cindy and Alan Horn and Lyn and Norman Lear, EMA is a Non-Profit 501(c)3 Organization dedicated to leveraging media and pop culture’s influence to protect the environment. Read More
© Louisiana Entertainment
The sound of air reverberating through brass echoes in the damp, still air under a morning sun; chairs pulled out and the smell of buttery croissants dance with the laughter-filled chatter of New Orleans’ Tremé neighborhood. This is Louisiana. Ten years after Hurricane Katrina’s storm surge inundated the state, a static tide of Cajun energy is on the rise. Left with largely inadequate federal recovery funding and thousands of residents awaiting proper restitution, Louisiana is both a grand opportunity and a place in need of a hand up.
This rich cultural melting pot of French, African and American cultures is redefining itself with experimental civil reengineering and the opportunity of a blank slate. With open arms the Louisiana Office of Entertainment Industry Development has welcomed the creative minds of the day, pushing tax credits and other stimuli to attract film and television productions to its gulf shores.
The film and television industry has answered the call by returning to Louisiana to film world class productions in state-of-the-art facilities while creating a positive environmental, social and economic impact on a state in the throes of recovery.
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Computers, cell phones and tablets are readily available and already used for the bulk of daily communication. So, why are many film and television productions still using paper copies to communicate on set? Does paper, as a physical entity, still hold its traditional allure? Or, is the production industry ready to make the jump into fully digital production?
To answer these questions we sat down with Entertainment Partners’, George Hrico, Scenechronize® Product Implementation Specialist, and Darren Ehlers, SVP of Products, to discuss the status of digital production and learn a bit more about how production technology can be used to support on-set environmental, financial, security and efficiency initiatives.