Sep 21 2009
With Hollywood getting greener by the day, making an eco-friendly film is becoming less of a tall order and more of a trend. Going green should be even easier for the small filmmaker, as less money equals less things to waste. After all, who is going to spend their entire budget of a couple grand on stuff to simply blow it up?
Still, if you really care about making sure your film is green, here are some tips to follow.Waste not. Use everything you’ve got–and don’t pitch it. Hold onto it for your next film. Think you won’t be making a movie about possessed demon fairies again? Donate the dresses to a secondhand store or a school theater department.
Eat green. Have everyone use reusable bottles and ban Styrofoam from the set. Will you seem like an eccentric, demanding director? Yes–and all the better. Why not develop a trademark of the demanding environmentalist rather than the shoe-thrower, the crybaby, or the soul eater?
Carpool. Have everyone share rides, use public transportation when possible, and definitely walk when it’s safe and feasible.
Use special effects whenever possible. Rather than wasting materials, chopping down trees, or setting things ablaze, use special effects to “fake” it.
Leave nothing behind. When you leave your set, have everyone pick up after themselves. Bring along a recycling container if you have one–and definitely a canister for garbage.
And when you make it to the Big Time, your budget at your mercy, be sure to continue your green film making with these tips.