Sustainability Resource for the Film Industry

Phone: 02 8222 4844

The Screen NSW Green Screen Resource has been developed to provide filmmakers and their suppliers with a comprehensive introduction to sustainability across all aspects of screen production.

The Resource lists initiatives that can be implemented at each stage of production – Development, Pre-Production and Production, Post-Production and Launch. Within each of these stages are lists of possible sustainability initiatives broken down by department/provider such as Production Office, Construction, Locations, Post-production and Merchandise.

Sustainability impacts are evaluated against three key areas: environmental, social and economic or, more commonly referred to as: People, Planet, Profit.

This resource focuses on environmental sustainability or ‘greening’ and gives consideration to broader economic and social issues.

Environmental sustainability considerations include:

  • Taking a precautionary approach to environmental impacts
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Reducing resource usage (materials, water, fossil fuels)
  • Reducing waste (solid and liquid)
  • Reducing the use of harmful toxic substances
  • Protection, and rehabilitation of local ecological environment (location shoots)
  • Reiterating the demand for sustainable solutions –to cast/crew and third party providers

Economic sustainability considerations include:

  • Providing direct and indirect economic support to the local community (jobs, local procurement, exposure, tourism, increased commerce during the shoot)
  • Supporting the development of the screen industry in the local region through demand for services and use of facilities
  • Return on investment for investors
  • Encouraging innovation of sustainable solutions in the supply chain and proving a market for these products and services
  • Reducing costs through resource conservation
  • Reducing costs through reducing waste created
  • Reducing costs through reducing energy consumption

Social sustainability considerations include:

  • Knowledge and skills transfer into the local workforce, community and industry at large
  • Creation of jobs through supply chain demand
  • Communicating sustainability to the community through demonstrating best practice
  • Leaving a legacy in terms of physical materials, enduring infrastructure, or financial support of community initiatives
  • Playing a part in the fair and equitable distribution of resources and wealth, enacted through procurement decisions
  • Supporting human rights and fair labour, enacted through procurement decisions
  • Ensuring a safe and healthy working environment
  • Ensuring a positive association between the production and its sustainability initiatives

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Category: Resources
Artform: Visual Arts New Media And Design,

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