Sustainable Production: Locate Productions & albert

It’s becoming increasingly evident that the world needs to react quickly to the impending environmental challenges that we face. Here at Locate we have been looking at how we can make our production processes more sustainable and have teamed up with BAFTA to use their carbon management programme albert. 

Earlier this year we gathered the Locate Productions team at our Clapham HQ, for a days Carbon Literacy training. It was an inspiring day, delivered by the ever enthusiastic Roser Canela-Was from BAFTA, who talked us through the subject as a whole, as well as introducing us to albert. 

“albert is a collaborative BAFTA, indie and broadcaster backed project that provides the film and TV industries with the necessary expertise and opportunities to take action on environmental sustainability. The project aims for all UK screen content to be made in a way that benefits individuals, industry organisations and the planet. Delivered to reduce the environmental impact of the production process, to enable industry organisations to realise the environmental aspect of their stated vision and its implication for audience engagement.” 

 

We also had a visit from Ben Knowles, one of the directors at PedalMe, who explained about their zero emission bicycle courier and cab service – great evidence of a sustainable product, with competitive pricing, thats as efficient as the more conventional motor vehicle options.

We even trialled it out with Lisa and Mike doing a ride around the block…

On top of all this, a fantastic vegetarian lunch was provided by Mark at Salad Days – naturally, delivered to us by PedalMe

Although much work is needed we’ve put a number of things in place with the aim of making our production more sustainable. A lot of these ideas, along with others, can also be found on AdGreen’s website.

  • dedicated recycling / rubbish bags on set
  • switched to sustainable recycling / rubbish collections with Quantum Waste and Spotless Locations
  • use of reusable water bottles on set, branded bamboo tea / coffee cups and KeepCups
  • minimal printing and use of paper
  • encouraged all cast / crew to use public transport where possible
  • donate any wardrobe / leftover food to charities and / or local homeless shelters 
  • reducing the use of correx by switching from plastic floor coverings to Locamats or Ramboards when we can
  • encouragement of low meat menus on set
  • office composting scheme 
  • use PedalMe for couriers

We appreciate these are relatively small steps but are hoping to implement a number of other ideas moving forward:

  • plans to switch energy suppliers to Good Energy in summer 2019
  • implement the albert carbon calculator across the majority of productions 
  • establish a carbon offsetting scheme, working with various tree planting schemes around the UK and beyond.

There’s still more to do but we feel like we are heading in the right direction and the support from the team at BAFTA along with the use of albert has really encouraged and empowered us to keep making positive changes.

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We caught up with the owner of one of our favourite locations, Brown House, for an insight into her experience of recently hosting a multi-media shoot during lockdown.

What were your initial thoughts when you were asked to host a shoot during lockdown?

Personally I was happy with the idea, however some of the family were concerned about strangers coming into the house who might bring infection, so we thought about it quite a bit. It made an important difference that the shoot was in the garden rather than in the house.

What were your main concerns ahead of the shoot?

The shoot itself was to be outside, but of course the crew would need access to the kitchen and the loo, so would not be entirely outside. The main concern was if the crew were not careful, they could inadvertently bring infection into the house. They were reassuring that they would be very restricted where they went and we decided we would disinfect the surfaces in the kitchen and the loos after everyone had left.

How did the experience of this shoot differ to pre-pandemic shoots?

Everyone was absolutely delightful, as always! On the recces, everyone wore masks, used hand sanitiser and kept their distance. They spent very little time inside the house, for instance they waited for each other and talked outside, rather than all being in the house at the same time.

How was your experience while the shoot was happening?

I was in the house to start with, but out for most of the day. The team were thoughtful, for instance they suggested opening up the side gates to give most people direct access to the garden, which limited the number of people who needed to come into the house. And they brought a winnebago, which was used as a green room instead of using a room in the house. During the day, someone needed to make a call – rather than just go ahead and use the study, they phoned me to ask if it would be OK for that person to sit in the study to make that call, which of course was fine.

Did you feel that the Covid-19 safety precautions put in place by the production were adequate?

Yes, very much so. Everyone was wearing masks, including outside even though it was hot. Most or all people were outdoors most or all of the time, they set up tents outside, so there were just a few people in the kitchen. Covid warning signs were also put up,  reminding everyone to wash their hands and the loos were clearly signed so no-one would go into the wrong rooms – they were very careful. And the house was left immaculate afterwards, as always.

What advice would you give other location owners, ahead of hosting a shoot in the current climate?

It’s a personal choice, people must make their own decisions. However I am happy we did it and this was a few weeks ago, the virus was more prevalent then than it is now. When we got back in the evening, we wiped down with disinfectant all the doors and surfaces where people would have been, it didn’t take long.

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