Federation of Research in Audiovisual Media and Ecology
FRAME is working closely with the foundation Film Spring Open to develop a green and sustainable audiovisual production system. Here are some examples highlighted during the Green Film Open or in the documentary Make an interactive and ecological film in pandemic times.
The production of a feature film produces on average 1000 tons of carbon, equivalent to the production of 1000 desktop computers. Supporting our teams through education on practices to reduce the ecological footprint is key. We all need to be aware of the impact of our actions and choices, but more importantly of our ability to do things differently.
One of the most common tools used in the production office is email. If you consider its entire life cycle, the simple act of sending a 1MB email is equivalent to using a 60-watt light bulb for 25 minutes, or the equivalent of 20 grams of CO2 emissions. Email consumes energy every time it is accessed, because the messages and their attachments are stored on servers around the world that are never switched off.
Another very common feature in production offices are home gateways (or boxes) that provide Internet access via modem and Wi-Fi. They operate day and night, including weekends, which represents 1% of the annual electricity consumption in France.
Generators are to be avoided from an ecological point of view because they have a very low energy yield and pollute because they run on oil or gas. We work with the solar engineers and technicians, Vincent Theven and Florent Faget. We use their ecological groups which, thanks to solar energy, do not pollute. Furthermore, they are silent compared to generators, which is a great advantage for the sound recording. In order to avoid excessive energy losses, there are LED technology, for example, which consumes less energy and can be operated with simple external solar batteries.
Cutting down on travel is also important. We aim to concentrate our production in one, same place. When it is not possible to avoid travel, it’s possible to buy back carbon debt through websites such as www.goodplanet.org.
While on set, we use as little plastic as possible and buy directly in glass containers. It is also important to use hard dishes rather than disposable plastic and to keep the same glass as long as possible. For example, by writing our name on it.
For food, buying local produce is always better to avoid the cost of transporting food, and in the same spirit, cutting back on processed food also yields health benefits for our teams.
Take a look at how we’re achieving increased sustainability in Please mon amour by singer Dayan, directed by Lou Baron and Florent Pallares.
The footage was shot at 12, 800 iso to use as little energy as possible, and all the equipment was powered by solar energy.
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