Behind the screen

Many of the environmental impacts associated with the screen production industry relate to activities behind the screen, such as makeup, wardrobe, art department, lighting, sound and camera, and post-production. Below are suggestions for minimising the environmental impacts associated with many of the behind screen activities.


Use tapeless post-production workflow systems.
Make use of the energy saving features for technical equipment and computers.
Investigate secure electronic distribution of demonstration reels to reduce the use of DVDís and VHS tapes. If DVDís are required ensure to use DVDís that come with cardboard sleeves as opposed to plastic cases.
Apply the purchasing, energy efficiency and waste reduction tips given for the office.
When using film, check that your suppliers have end of life management programmes compliant with local regulations for the processing of chemicals.
Avoid sending waste film to landfill by asking your supplier about recycling options.

A feature film may use some millions of feet of film and its processing uses chemicals that contain silver. The discharge of silver to the environment is highly regulated; however there is economic benefit to be gained by recovering silver from the waste solutions and all reputable film processors do this. Wet-gate printing to minimise scratching uses perchlorethylene, a strictly regulated solvent suspected to be a carcinogen. Good environmental management is necessary when handling this chemical. For any feature film, there will be considerable waste film generated. When no longer required, the film content can be destroyed and the film base recycled or burnt as an alternative source of clean energy.




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