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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The Company and the Role

Locate Productions is one of the leading Location and Production service companies in the UK, producing shoots and sourcing locations for the TV and photographic industry nationwide and abroad.  

We are looking for an ‘In House Runner’ to help assist the Production team in the office and on shoots, maintain the location library database and complete general office admin etc.

This job is offered on a full time basis and the role is based at our office in Clapham Common, SW4.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To assist the Production team with prepping shoots; both in the office and occasionally on set
  • Maintaining the Location Library database, ensuring contact details are up to date and photos are tagged
  • Gather content and images for newsletters / website / portfolio updates and assisting with wider marketing projects
  • Uploading research, recce, scouting and casting photos to the Locate website
  • To carry out administrative tasks such as organising couriers, caterers and other suppliers
  • Organising all production kit ensuring it is returned, cleaned and sorted when jobs finish ready for the next one
  • Completing general office tasks such as receiving deliveries and reconciling receipts
  • Answering phones in the office and taking clear and coherent messages

Desired Attributes:

  • An interest in Production & Locations
  • Working knowledge of DSLR cameras and photographic equipment
  • The ability to work both in a team and under own initiative
  • An understanding of Mac OSX and Microsoft Office. Photoshop / Lightroom knowledge would be beneficial
  • Strong organisation skills and the ability to prioritise a workload
  • Strong written and verbal skills
  • Good attention to detail and the desire to learn
  • The ability to work in a fast paced media industry, as part of a tight knit team
  • An interest in keeping a positive working environment
  • To hold a full, clean UK drivers license. Van driving experience would be beneficial

Job Details:

  • Competitive salary dependent on experience including company performance related bonus
  • Based on a 40 hour week at the Locate Productions office in Clapham Common, SW4
  • 25 paid days holiday plus public holidays

To apply please email your CV and a covering letter to locate@locateproductions.com addressed ‘Runner Application – YOUR NAME’, to arrive no later than 09:00 on 10th February 2020.

Interviews to be staged week commencing 17th February 2020. 

Any questions, please call Drew or Rosie on 0207 978 1688.

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