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TV Series "Notruf Hafenkante" Honoured for Sustainable Filmmaking

Studio Hamburg and Hamburg Media School Are Among The Pioneers Promoting Green Filming

Normally, film sets are quite wasteful movies, with full-length film generating up to 225 tonnes of scrap metal, 50 tonnes of construction material, and 72 tonnes of food. These figures have recently been released by PGA Green, a non-profit organisation launched in 2009 by the Producers Guild of America.

Green Shooting Card for Two Hamburg Productions

One of the Northern German players promoting green filming is Studio Hamburg FilmProduktion, with the sustainably produced, long running tv series “Großstadtrevier” awarded the Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein (FFHSH) Green Shooting Card. Broadcasted on Germany’s Das Erste since 16 December 1986, the show is one of the most popular television series in the country. As a counterpart, ZDF started its series “Notruf Hafenkante” in 2007. Also produced by Studio Hamburg and set in Hamburg, the tv series “ Notruf Hafenkante” has now also been honoured with the highly reputed Green Shooting Card for the adoption of green standards. Called “Grüner Drehpass” in German, the quality seal of the climate and environment protection initiative of Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein provides film companies with detailed information on how to reduce waste and energy consumption while turning.

Certified Quality Seal for Green Shooting

The certificate is granted to productions that implemented at least three out of five cost-saving measures in the areas of facilities, catering, production office / crew transport / technology and conducted an LCA. After “Großstadtrevier”, “Notruf Hafenkante” is the second long-running series of Studio Hamburg Filmproduktion honoured with this seal of approval for sustainable production.

Green Electricity and Efficient LED Lighting

To reduce the impact of filming on the environment, catering no longer used plastic cups or paper plates, but reusable containers. Digital distribution of shooting schedules and call sheets also reduced the waste of paper. The car pool was downsized, public transport or other means of green transport used more frequently. When shooting two or more days, a fixed-line power supply was procured. Mobile power was retrieved from low low-emission generator vans from Cine-Mobil. Last but not least, LED lights allowed to further reduced energy consumption.

Green Shooting Essential to Film Studies

The consciousness of shooting green is not limited to global players, but also part of training of junior filmmakers at the Hamburg Media School. Since Spring 2013, their students have been creating their productions along the criteria required to receive Green Shooting Card certification. During their film studies, the students produced a total of six short films, supported by a co-operation with Hamburg’s Film Commission that helps them in developing and implementing eco-friendly production strategies. This year, their efforts were recognised by the Green Shooting seal, a fact the students proudly posted on Facebook.

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