Cinema for the Climate //


There are many ways we can act. Please see below: 

-Personal declaration of Climate and Ecological Emergency
-What filmmakers can do
-Resources for Filmmakers
-What we can do personally


Personal Declaration of Climate and Ecological Emergency.


Cinema for the Climate urges all artists who have access to an audience, to include, before their public appearances, their own personal declaration of Climate and Ecological Emergency. You are free to use the declaration below, or write your own. We must make as many people as possible realise we cannot live in a “business as usual” frame of mind, but must now take the Climate and Ecological Emergency to the heart of our lives. Nothing less than humanity’s survival depends on it.

Thanks to Denis Villeneuve for making a Climate Emergency Declaration at the Venice Film Festival! 

(SHORT VERSION)

We are in a climate and ecological emergency. Heat waves, wildfires, floods, species extinction. It is our task to change our way of interacting with the world; to move away from fossil fuels, exploitation and individualism, towards stewardship, sharing, and community. It is only by changing ourselves that we will become agents of change for the Transition.

We must meet the challenge of the Transition with the mindset that this is our greatest task as a society. For the Transition to work everyone can and must contribute. To find out what you can do, please visit: https://midnightkingdom.com/Cinema-for-the-Climate


Thank you.

(MEDIUM VERSION)

We are in a climate and ecological emergency. Heat waves, wildfires, floods, species going extinct by the minute. As much as it pains us, we need to come face to face with this terrible sadness, and feel this grief. But we can’t dwell on it. Once grief has washed over us, then we can truly get mad and take action. But how?

It is our task to change our way of seeing and interacting with the world; to move away from fossil fuels, exploitation and individualism, towards stewardship, sharing, and community. It is only by changing ourselves that we will become agents of change, away from the old destructive patterns and towards the great Transition.

With the Transition we are faced with a great work. We must meet this seemingly insurmountable challenge with the mindset that this is our greatest task as a society. For the Transition to work everyone can and must contribute. We all have a part to play in this great work. To find out what you can do, please visit:


https://midnightkingdom.com/Cinema-for-the-Climate

Thank you.

(LONG VERSION)

We are in a climate and ecological emergency. Heat waves, wildfires, floods, species going extinct by the minute. As much as it pains us, we need to come face to face with this terrible sadness, and feel this grief.  But we can’t dwell on it. Once grief has washed over us, then we can truly get mad and take action. But how?

Please remember that tonight, we have the privilege of being here together; I presenting this work, and you watching/listening to it. Many people around the world are suffering as we speak, especially people in the Global South who have contributed far less to the CEE, as compared to we, in the Global North with our high carbon footprint.

We can no longer stand by and hope someone else will fix this; we must become a part of the solution.

What can we do?

-Donate to Indigenous action groups; they are on the frontline of the fight!

-Vote for parties who have the CEE at the heart of their platform

-Run for office

-Join a climate action group or a Transition group

-Change banks to credit unions

-Fly less; try to fly only for essential reasons

-Center a plant-based diet

-Cut down or cut out your red meat and dairy consumption

-Do not buy SUVs or light trucks.

-If possible, make your next car electric.

-Talk to others about the CEE. We need to bring this and Climate Justice to the heart of our lives.

It is our task, I believe, to change our way of seeing and interacting with the world; to move away from fossil fuels, exploitation and individualism, towards stewardship, sharing, and community. It is only by changing ourselves that we will become agents of change, away from the old destructive patterns and towards the great Transition. We, especially those of us in the Global North, must reduce our emissions and our consumption drastically, quicker than nations in the Global South; this is part of what is called Climate Justice.

With the Transition we are faced with a great work. We must meet the seemingly insurmountable challenge of the Transition with the mindset that this is our greatest task as a society. For the Transition to work everyone can and must contribute. We all have a part to play in this great work.


To find out more about what you can do, please visit:

https://midnightkingdom.com/Cinema-for-the-Climate


Thank you.




WHAT FILMMAKERS CAN DO


The goal should be for us to be As Sustainable as Possible, As Soon As Possible.  HERE’S HOW:

Setting the tone / Discussing Sustainability

Add a sustainability lens to your approach to the production. Let everyone know that you feel it’s important to reduce the climate impact of the production, and that it can be done without compromise to the end product. Incorporate sustainability into your vision -both on screen and off.

Add a sustainability lens to your interviews, initial department, concept, and production meetings.

Ask department heads to use a sustainable lens.

Does the department have a sustainability plan.

Share best practices & ask for suggestions.

CONTENT/ ON SCREEN SUSTAINABILITY

As a director, you have the opportunity to create an on-screen conversation about climate change. The narration, the production design and the objects used can all relate to the climate emergency. Directors can see themselves as positive agents of change, climate ambassadors illustrating the urgency to act by showing climate action steps or by creating worlds directly impacted by climate change. Make climate action easy. Inspire. There are areas where you should be comfortable in making the call, areas that are specifically the director’s call (ie. picking picture vehicles, picking props, giving actors “business” etc). All these suggestions are only if they are available to you in your current situation.

REPRESENTATION:

·      Picture Vehicles: show hybrid or electric car on screen

·      Props/ food: show characters eating plant-based foods on screen

·      Props/ Set Dec: show characters reusing old material, home-made, not store bought

·      Settings: show characters shopping 2nd hand, using busses, bikes rather than cars or planes

·      Actions: show characters making environmentally friendly choices: picking up garbage, working on a communal garden, repairing items, planting a home garden, recycling.

·      Show characters participating in communal actions, giving back, volunteering. Showcase sustainable behaviour on screen (no flicking cigarette butts, no throwing trash, etc)

·      Storytelling: Add climate change elements in stories if possible both negative impacts (floods, fires) and more importantly positive actions (activism, reforestation, renewable energy generation). Even in period pictures, try not to show climate harming activities in a positive light.

PRODUCTION CHOICES:

• Sustainability talk: Let the crew know you value sustainable choices. First day of prep, First day of shoot - address the crew with a pre-production announcement about sustainability and the CEE (Climate and Ecological Emergency) and how we can all be as sustainable as possible (ASAP). Be sensitive to your audience, what budgets are they working with, are they understaffed, what are their regional / provincial values - tailor your address accordingly.

Sustainable Lighting & Design: One generator burns apron 1 Ton of CO2 per day. Discuss with your DP and Production Designer to minimize the amount of fuel used to light and cool the shot. LED lighting will reduce the power draw on the set, and combined with built in airflow will reduce the need for added generator run air conditioners.

● Suggest turning off lighting set-ups when not in use (eg. the trans light doesn’t need to be lit in the living room if you can’t see it from the bedroom door…)

Circularity:Discuss circular production and costume design. Are they re-purposing sets, building materials, set dressing, costume items etc.

Streamlining: Discuss specific equipment needs on locations so that the crew are able to streamline the trucks brought on location. make sure that everyone is aware so that crew feel confident not having all options available to you at all times. (Eg “I won’t be requiring SPFX trailer at this location”, or “I can go with a splinter lighting package & small electric generator for this location”

Sustainability information: ask the producer if we can include sustainability information in the production documents (green vendors, donation centres, links to regional initiatives, best practices information)

Recycling and waste: ask production if they have a waste reduction plan. Can avoid they use of plastic bottles, and single use plastics. Do you see recycling, composting etc - if not - ask for it.

Catering:ask production (Line Producer) if they have thought of reducing red meat from catering, and adding more plant-based, or sustainably produced proteins. Can the caterers use real plates, glasses and cutlery to avoid single use. Bring your own if not.

Crew gifts: ask to opt out of crew gifts if you don’t really want what is offered, instead of simply accepting it. Ask production if that money can go to offsets instead.

PERSONAL CHOICES:

Going paperless: let the coordinators know you are “paperless”, if you are. Ask how they have thought about reducing paper use on your show; asking if we need to print documents. Or tell the show you need X amount of printed material but everything else can be electronic. Suggest a “print on demand” policy.

Anti-idling policy. Speak to Transport. Do you have any plug ins for the driver? Let your driver know that you don’t need to get hot or cool when I get into the vehicle so consider not idling. Can we have the driver hang out in the production office instead of in the car - so they aren’t idling for hours in the parking lot waiting…

Trailer:Do you need your trailer lit and heated all day. Communicate your needs to the transport /AD dept: "I only come in here for lunch” can you just turn on everything 15 min before we break. I won’t be back in here after lunch so you can turn everything off until the morning or lunch.

Request electric / hybrid vehicles when possible: Tell the production coordinator that you’d like to go as green as the production can go on transport; keep in mind that there is currently a limited pool of electric cars available - and they should go to the drivers who would drive the most: If you are being driven or self-driving to work - ask to be driven by an electric vehicle in your contract, specifically a small electric vehicle, or a small hybrid. Even electric SUVs, or electric luxury cars give the wrong impression, as we need to reduce, and SUVs, even electric, use a lot of material. If you need a car for evenings, weekends etc - ask for the smallest fuel efficient one available. If you don’t need a car for yourself, let the production know.

Travel:Let the travel coordinator know that you would like to be as green as possible in your travel. Is the production purchasing carbon offsets for plane tickets - ask for them.

Is the hotel green/ using sustainable practices ?

Is train travel and option?

Consolidate meetings, scouts, casting sessions to reduce pre-production travel - use video calls when possible.

Consider remote post production when possible - remote editing, looping, mixing etc.

Minimize your contractual flights- ask for a swap: put money instead into electric cars; ask what would be a comparable substitute that is sustainably minded, that will not endanger existing collective agreements.

Economy Travel - is less carbon intensive than business class, consider flying economy and asking production to allocate the fare difference to purchase additional carbon offsets.


Resources for Filmmakers:


- ALBERT (UK) : //wearealbert.org/

- CBC Greening our story. site-cbc.radio-canada.ca/documents/impact-and-accountability/environment/2021/ index.html

- Green Production Guide (USA) https://www.greenproductionguide.com/

- Netflix + Nature ://about.neflix.com/en/news/net-zero-nature-our-climate-commitment

- NRDC’s Rewrite the Future https://www.nrdc.org/ Rewrite The Future

- NRDC Sundance Workshop https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=wX9V0XZYYjY&feature=youtu.be

- Ontario Green Screen (Ontario, Canada) https://digitallibrary.ontariocreates.ca/DigitalLibrary/OGS/AboutUs.aspx

- Planet Placement: www.youtube.com/results?search_query=planet+placement+albert

- Reel Green (British Columbia Canada) https://www.creativebc.com/industry-sectors/motion-picture/reel-green/

- Rolling Green (Québec, Canada) http://www.qftc.ca/rolling_green_charter/

- Sustainable Production Forum 2020 https://www.sustainableproductionforum.com/spf-2020-recap Climate Narratives in Film & TV Sustainable Production Worldwide Going Green for Indie Filmmakers Producer’s Perspective on Sustainability


What we can do personally:


-Support Indigenous groups any way you can; they are on the frontline of the fight!

-Vote for parties who have the CEE at the heart of their platform

-Run for office

-Join a climate action group or a Transition group

-Change banks to credit unions

-Fly less; try to fly only for essential reasons

-Center a plant-based diet

-Cut down or cut out your red meat and dairy consumption

-Do not buy SUVs or light trucks; they are massive Greenhouse Gas emitters.

-If possible, make your next car electric.

-Talk to others about the CEE. We need to bring this and Climate Justice to the heart of our lives.