There are a number of ways to conserve resources and protect the environment when shooting on location. Here’s a list specifically related to preparing for the shoot:
– Try to make all signage out of recycled or recyclable materials;
– Use only elastic bands or string to hang signs on trees – never staples, thumbtacks or tape, all of which can severely damage trees;
– Protect interior locations with corrugated cardboard made with post-consumer recycled content. When available, consider using reusable, cut-to-size, plastic mats.
When shooting in sensitive or pristine landscapes, it’s important to take extra measures to ensure minimal disruption to the natural environment.
– Contain all vehicle and foot traffic within the production vicinity, and cordon off any areas with particularly sensitive vegetation or wildlife;
– Ensure that all film-related activities are carefully managed to prevent damage to the landscape;
– Reinstate any land or vegetation that are damaged as a result of production activities;
– Scan the area thoroughly before leaving to ensure that nothing is left behind and that the area reflects its pre-production condition.
Stay tuned for more tips and hints on how to green your production, pre through post.