@ Universal Pictures

@ Universal Pictures

On the heels of their six-time Academy Award®-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal Pictures’ First Man, the riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight.  A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong’s perspective, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the film explores the triumphs and the cost—on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself—of one of the most dangerous missions in history.

Filmed in Atlanta, GA, the First Man production team implemented sustainable best practices to reduce their environmental impact. A recycling program was set up throughout the office and on set, including composting coffee grounds through Grounds to Grow On. When not using reusable dishware, production sourced eco-friendly containers such as Wheat Straw Plates & Bowls. The production tied into the electric grid while at the stages, reducing generator use and saving fuel.

The Construction department reused set materials from the prior Atlanta-based Universal Pictures’ production Pitch Perfect 3, and at wrap they donated over 3,000 lbs. of building materials to the non-profit Lifecycle Building Center. Following filming, the production donated office supplies to a local elementary school, and baby items, cooking supplies, and household items to the Jerusalem House. Excess food from the office and on-set catering was donated to Gilgal Women’s Shelter. The crew also took part in a voluntary food drive during the holiday season to support the local community. These practices and more led to First Man receiving a 2018 EMA Green Seal.