7 September 2020
Commissioned in 2019, the purpose of A Screen New Deal is to share innovation and knowledge. As film and television production restarts following a worldwide shutdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an opportunity to look at introducing new ways of working on set and on location, consider our approach to materials and resources and learn how innovation is working for other industries. The report sets out a route map for positive action to achieve sustainable practices that support wellbeing, environmental restoration and economic prosperity.
The report is a collaboration between the BFI, BAFTA albert and leading global engineering and design firm specialist Arup. The project was funded through the BFI’s Research and Statistics Fund, which is supported by National Lottery funding.
Climate science shows that we need to not just reduce our impact but exchange it for positive impact. Profound change is required. For its size, the film production industry produces significant emissions and requires systemic change to reach net zero carbon emissions and to be environmentally sustainable.
Our evidence review ‘Green matters — Environmental sustainability and film production: an overview of current practice’ provided a snapshot of UK film production activity and the kinds of levers that could help change behaviour in production. ‘A Screen New Deal: a route map to sustainable film production’ takes that work further, outlining an alternative vision for the future of film production that acknowledges the importance of change across all aspects that influence physical film productions. It looks at 5 key areas: production materials; energy and water use; studio buildings and facilities; studio sites and locations; and production planning. Case studies from other industries that could be adapted to work for the film production industry are also explored.
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