Film Production: 2011 Releases
Filmmaking brings unique opportunities and challenges for making operations more sustainable. NBCUniversal’s film division is committed to becoming a more sustainable business by identifying and integrating innovative ways to reduce our environmental footprint. Universal Pictures and Focus Features developed a detailed Sustainable Production Guide for their casts and crews to give each department production-specific information, resources and best practices. Universal Pictures has also hired an executive to assist productions in implementing these practices and the shows utilize the GreenProductionGuide.com for additional resources.
Read more about the eco-accomplishments from our 2011 releases:
Mostly filmed in Chicago, the production used sustainable products when possible including interior “brick walls” constructed from 100% recycled and recyclable material that replaced the more typical petroleum based products. Director Ron Howard and the entire film crew used stainless steal reusable water bottle further reducing the amount of plastic used on set.
After Bridesmaids was locked, the Universal Assets department dismantled and recycled all set materials. The set dressing and props from the film are now available for reuse in the Universal Prop House and production office supplies, equipment and kitchenware are currently being stored for reuse on the next Universal Pictures film.
The entire crew from this live action and animated family feature composted and recycled on set. Together they prevented 34 tons of material (85% of location set waste) from ending up in a landfill.
The crew saved energy while filming on location in New Mexico by using solar powered portable restrooms, hybrids cars for the cast and rechargeable batteries in the sound department.
While filming in Atlanta, GA the crew of the comedy The Change-Up reused materials and reduced their waste. Almost all 9-volt batteries used by the sound department were rechargeable, set elements were constructed with used materials and catering provided compostable and biodegradable food service products.
While shooting in Toronto, ON the shooting crew on thriller, The Thing, used reusable water bottles in place of plastic. On stage, in addition to recycling, the crew separated their food waste, increasing the waste diversion of the film.
Filmed in London, England, the special effects snow used on Johnny English Reborn was made of biodegradable cellulose. After the shoot, remaining “snow” was also recycled, adding up to 16 tons or the size of two large elephants! In addition, the construction department reduced its need for raw lumber by using metal scaffolding. For the sets, the production used environmentally responsible, FSC certified lumber and low VOC paints.