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Emellie O’Brien (USA)

The film industry has been sent a sublime guardian from the sustainability heavens, meet Emellie O’Brien: Earth Angel. She is bringing sustainability to the big screen in a major way, as she works her way through eco managing top-tier sets across NYC, and to the mantra of “Making Movies Without Making a Mess”. As a recent NYU Tisch Film School graduate, Emellie brings vitality and a fresh sense of ingenuity as well as resourcefulness to often out-dated modes of media production. Her biggest challenge these days? Meeting the rising demands of all the studios and productions who want a piece of Earth Angel‘s heaven on their set. See why here: Emellie’s important and impactful work has lead her to manage sustainability efforts on-set for big budget films such as: Sony Pictures Entertainment’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), Paramount Pictures’ biblical epic Noah(2014), Big Beach Films’ Gods Behaving Badly (2014), and most recently the Columbia Pictures remake of the movie musical Annie (2014), starring Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx, and Quvenzhané Wallis. All of these efforts have been completed under her accurately reflective business moniker of Earth Angel. Emellie co-founded Earth Angel, a successful New York based company that provides sustainable solutions to film and television sets through: education, waste reduction strategies, sustainable sourcing initiatives and carbon tracking. Earth Angel’s work emphasises the importance of an industry with such profound impact on society to commit to progressive practices while encouraging sustainability both on and off screen. This is made clear in Earth Angel’s mission statement to: “bring a unified sustainable practices model to entertainment production. By making sustainability our responsibility, we...

Nicola Knoch (Germany)

In January, we were very proud to host Nicola Knoch as a seminar leader, in our first Green Film Making Workshop of 2014. Her work as an on-set ‘sustainability representative’, strives to provide a more human and holistic approach to traditional film production methods, within a medium that has always been about human reflection at its core. Nicola asks: Why? Why do we want to go sustainable? For her, the answer goes beyond CO2 calculations, facts and figures – to the more emotive, personal, and human heart at the core of most film projects. From a place of personal good will, Knoch has proven (and with a successful career to boot!), that the rest will follow suit. [photo: Michael Vervuurt]   Nicola Knoch’s early roots lie not in the film industry, but in Environmental Engineering. As an alumnae to one of the first university programs to offer a focus on sustainability (years ago, before ‘sustainable’ had become a mainstream thought), Knoch is no stranger to going against the grain. She has been working to rethink dominant practise on behalf of sustainability, for a very long time. Her past experience includes working with German media projects in the post-production phase, as well as having prior on-set experience. In her recent role as official ‘sustainability representative’ on film sets however, Nicola brings related ideas, existing sustainable connections, and years of sustainable consulting experience into play within a new context. ‘Sustainable Representative’ on-set with “Buddy” (2013) Nicola was initially approached by German acclaimed director Michael Bully Herbig, who wanted to work with her on-set of his 2013 film project, Buddy. With an...

Doreen Boonekamp, Director of The Netherlands Film Fund

The Green Film Making Project, an initiative of Strawberry Earth, is made possible by way of partnerships with many pre-existing, established entities. One of the most reputable is The Netherlands Film Fund. In this latest edition of the Who’s Who in Green Filmmaking Online Series, Doreen Boonekamp, the director of the Netherlands Film Fund, talks the future of the Dutch film industry, green filmmaking, and the taking on of an industry Sustainability Manager: “the best developed sustainable practices, will also hopefully become the easy and obvious choices for productions too.” [photo: Yvonne Witte] Since 2011, Doreen Boonekamp and the Film Fund, have been working closely alongside the Green Film Making Project to help facilitate a sustainable shift for Dutch film professionals. And, starting in January 2015, film productions that receive financial support from the Film Fund will also have access to their newly appointed Sustainability Manager. The facilitating of a Sustainability Manager by the Netherlands Film Funds, is an integral step towards a greener Dutch film industry. The Film Industry is Keen, on Going Green According to Boonekamp, sustainability efforts are truly active among working film professionals. This became clear during the production of the national KORT! programme’s short films in both 2013 and 2014: “The producers of KORT! have been exposed to green filmmaking practice, and are now experimenting with sustainable production innovation. During our collaboration with these filmmakers, it has been repeatedly made clear, that a large part of the film industry is very passionate and enthusiastic about sustainable production. But at the same time, it becomes clear that the producers need to have practical support on-set, in order to follow...

Kathleen Courtney (USA)

Producer Kathleen Courtney has always been aware of the environment. But bringing this knowledge to the realm of her work practise from her personal interests -and in a meaningful way- was not always seemingly easy. When first faced with the idea of going green for her business practise, she was regarding the shift as a major intrusion and strain on business. Her tune has since changed, and as current Chair of the Producers Guild of America’s Green initiative, her way of thinking has now become: “how could anybody not do this?” . So, what happened in between? And how does she serve in her role as head of Hollywood’s oldest (since1962), and largest ( with 6000 professional members) working association’s sustainability initiative? Beginnings With an extensive Hollywood based resume, Kathleen has enjoyed working as Producer, Production Manager or EVP of Production on such feature films as Bowfinger, The Score, Daredevil, Law Abiding Citizen and Lucky You, among others. Her most recent film, The Boy Next Door, features Jennifer Lopez and is due out in 2015. As a part of an industry with overwhelming consumption habits however, Kathleen has now set out to communicate the idea that we have responsibilities as inhabitants of a living planet which currently faces great challenges. To Kathleen, these responsibilities are heavily weighted in the film industry, as it’s product has direct and profound impacts on both society and culture. Now in her fourth term on the Board of Directors of the PGA, Kathleen is currently the Chair of the PGA Green Committee West. In this role, she helped to launch PGAgreen.org and GreenProductionGuide.com. She...

Siebe Dumon (Flanders/Belgium)

Film production within Flanders, in the northern part of Belgium, is taking on sustainability in a major way. And for this, we have Siebe Dumon to thank. Siebe got her start in the industry, as a producer in TV production. She is someone who knows what it means to deliver quality content with tight deadlines. And, she knows how to do all of this on a strict budget. In her current role at the regionally based Flanders Audio-Visual Fund (VAF), Siebe has been able to draw on this production experience, for her most recent and influential pursuit: to green the industry. The fruits of her labor? E-Mission; a regional film fund initiative that rewards greener thinking productions with… financing. If it sounds cutting edge, that’s because it is. Siebe is not only the current manager of ‘E-Mission’, but the brains behind the initiative as well. In transitioning from her role as TV producer to manager with the VAF, Siebe found herself compelled to ask the following question beginning as early as 2011: what can the film sector do to work in a more sustainable way? She confesses that her initial curiosity on the subject stemmed from private interests.  She also confesses however, that it was the pursuit of these interests within a formal and professional context, that she has been able to find more effective resolution. Taking the Green Plunge To dive into the world of greener filmmaking, Siebe needed to do some background research. She knew that there were other green trailblazers in the film industry -like Nic Balthazar- and she knew that achieving carbon neutrality within media...

Jane Fullerton Smith & Jessica Conoplia (Australia)

Having most recently worked on Baz Luhrmann’s multi-million dollar Hollywood blockbuster “The Great Gatsby“, as well as having just published the free online Good Green Production Bible, Jane Fullerton’s GreenShoot Pacific has big things on the horizon for future sustainable film production work. Jane Fullerton Smith is a name known by professionals concerned with sustainable practices in many different areas of the entertainment industry. This is because she Robes de bal has spent over twenty years gaining experience in a wide variety of entertainment platforms- having first taken on sustainability in 2007. Her mission? To reduce the negative impacts of production management while enhancing positive outcomes and legacies. It is no wonder then that her GreenShoot Pacific acts as a sustainability consultancy providing strategic “services, systems, solutions and training” across industries including events, screen, sport, touring and facilities. In working with any of these, GreenShoot always delivers a comprehensive performance measurement and analysis report allowing their clients to clearly communicate as well as understand, their commitment Robes de bal courte to sustainable practices with positive social an environmental impacts. In order to ensure a consistent level of consultation, GreenShoot Pacific references the indicators of sustainability performance set down by the Global Reporting Initiative and uses the online Sustainable Entertainment Management System (devised by Fullerton, and released globally, online) which adheres to International Standards including ISO 20121. Though the sporting event sector is their biggest client at current, GreenShoot Pacific offers support to film productions from conception and project development, through pre-production, shooting, post-production, and even premiere. They currently have representatives based in LA, London, Vancouver, Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland, and...