Film London launches green scheme

Film London has launched Green Screen as a new programme to help more TV and film productions shooting in the capital to become environmentally-friendly.

The organisation has partnered with sustainability consultancy Greenshoot Ltd to launch Green Screen, which is described as a simple online tool devised by production professionals.

Productions will be able to find advice on how to reduce their carbon emissions – which are typically high for location filming – and to lessen their wastage. Crews will also be encouraged to recycle sets, costumes and props rather than send them to landfill.

Upcoming Netflix drama The Crown is reportedly among the productions to have ‘road-tested’ the Green Screen programme in recent months. Left Bank Pictures, the production company behind TV dramas like The Crown and Wallander, has even pledged to seek Green Screen accreditation for all its forthcoming television work.

“The Green Screen initiative really helped us keep sustainability at the top of the agenda on a daily basis – something we were happy to do but also something that's very easy to let slide on a production,” said filmmaker Ben Wheatley, director of High-Rise and the upcoming Free Fire, in comments to Film London.

Green Screen could be rolled out to the rest of the country if it proves successful in London.

Low-carbon practices are gaining more traction in the UK industry. BAFTA runs a green filming programme of its own called ‘albert’. Similar to Green Screen, the programme encourages environmentally-friendly production and is supported by 2,000 individuals from 300 companies involved with the UK’s screen arts.


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