The ephemeral nature of New Zealandís screen production industry presents particular challenges for the introduction of environmentally responsible practices. One of these challenges is reducing the environmental impacts associated with working on location including special effects that may involve the use of fire, explosives, water and artificial snow. With no fixed office or studio base, it can be difficult for productions to develop and maintain environmental management systems. The suggestions below have been developed to assist screen production companies and professionals in managing their environmental impacts on location.

Urban/rural environments

Always adhere to local authority regulations and restrictions.
Familiarise staff with the Local Government Filming Protocol and where appropriate, the General Guidelines and Protocols for Filming within Iwi (Tribal) Boundaries.
Provide recycling facilities and remove all rubbish.
Ensure that storm water drains and waterways are protected from any potential fuel spills loose rubbish.
Provide facilities for the safe disposal of chewing gum and cigarette butts.
Ensure information about the sensitive aspects of the location are outlined within the daily call sheet.
Communicate with the local community to inform them of the production, the length of time the production will be in their area and any expected disruptions.

The arrival of a film crew to a suburban street, shopping centre or farm can be both exciting and disruptive for the local community. Traffic may be diverted, parking restricted and residents unable to move freely around their property. When handled well, the whole experience can be positive for both the company and the community. Even though the location may not be environmentally sensitive, it is important the production crew recognise the impact the production may have on the daily activities of the local community, from local businesses to residents.

New Zealand Guidelines and Protocols for Filming on Location

Refer to the Film New Zealand website for further information and guidelines.

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