Choosing Excellence: Sustainable Production

Choosing Excellence: Sustainable Production

Most of us believe that it’s time to work together to address the urgent need to reduce waste and emissions, but how many of us are actually walking the walk instead of talking the talk? Sure, many of us will do our part throughout our lives to be the best environmental stewards as we can be as individuals. Reducing the impacts of climate change takes a collection of individual, industries and communities to rise to the challenge. Right now, many global industries are beginning to answer the call, and the film and production industry could be the one to step up and lead the way.

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Climate Day Panel: Our Very Own Katie Carpenter!

A New York film festival decided to celebrate Climate Day on October 22 with a series of panels on climate change awareness and innovative ideas to confront the challenge. The Chelsea Film Festival hosted the event on the FIT campus in midtown Manhattan, featuring a panel on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts of film and TV production.


PGA Green Committee Co-Chair Katie Carpenter was one of the panelists, and reported to the group about the growth of the Green Production Guide, and the expanded use of its Green Vendor Directory, Green Guidelines and  the Carbon Calculator customized for film. Panelist Ken Ebie from the New York City Mayors Office of Motion Picture Entertainment reinforced the idea that these guidelines are spreading through the film community, and New York is encouraging all productions to use them.

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An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Al Gore spearheads a movement towards the truth on climate crisis. With recent release of Truth in 10 and upcoming release of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, Gore gets down to the cold, hard facts of climate change and what we can do to put up a fight.

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Fox’s ‘Salem’ donates more than $200,000 in set materials toward the construction of new Lousiana aquarium

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

FX’s ‘Legion’ pilots new green technologies, continues tradition of sustainable production at 21CF

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.

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EcoSet Brings “Zero Waste” to Productions and ReDirects Disposals

EcoSet Lot

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

The State of Green Behind the Scenes of Film and TV

Image credit: Flickr/Mark Sebastian

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.
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Little Green Men: Sustainable Production On ‘The X-Files’

X-FilesWhen 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

Produced By Magazine – Big Bird is Going Green – Feb/Mar 2016


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.

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