Sustainable Film Making Guidelines
British actress, and Barnes Film Festival ambassador, Lauren McCrostie, has recommended our young filmmakers take an environmentally sustainable approach to front of stage and behind the scenes in their film production. The following are tips she has learnt on her time on film sets, and we ask that our young filmmakers who submit to our Youth Film Competition implement these resource-saving tips on their own productions.
Use low energy bulbs (ask your supplier for help) and low energy bulbs for practicals at your location
Run minimal lighting checks
Employ natural light wherever possible
Try to avoid using any polystyrene – it’s not recyclable and ends up in landfill
Return any croc clips or large gel offcuts to the lighting company so that they can be reused
COSTUME & MAKE UP
Using pre-existing costume and makeup (from cast/crew) before purchase of new
Sourcing clothing from second-hand shops or renting pieces
Donating or re-homing goods which will not be used by cast/crew post-filming
SETS & PROPS
Using pre-existing scenery and furniture (from cast/crew) before considering purchasing new props
Purchasing second-hand pieces or borrow!
Using Scenery Salvage and other set design exchanges to eliminate contribution to land-fill
Encouraging the normalisation of sustainable behaviour as incidentally on screen in a ‘non-preachy’ manner
Using ethical/environmentally friendly products in background of scenes etc
Banning single use unrecylable disposables (using ‘vegware’ if needed) and encouraging crew/cast to bring their own containers, cups and cutlery.
Using conscious catering suppliers, or bring a packed lunch!
Take public transport wherever possible
Reduce the amount of scripts given out
Callsheets and schedules on iPad/phone – one tip is to have 1 large copy of each and display on set on a noticeboard