As part of the MA Film and TV: Research and Production course, students had the opportunity to take part in BAFTA Albert Training for sustainability in film production. Swetank tells us about this experience and what he learnt from the training.

I recently had the opportunity to undergo the Albert Training for sustainability in film production by BAFTA. This eye-opening experience has not only broadened my understanding of the environmental impact of filmmaking but has also equipped me with practical solutions to minimize our carbon footprint. Here’s a glimpse into how we, as future filmmakers, can contribute to a more sustainable industry.

MA Film and TV student Swetank on the University of Birmingham campus

Travel Responsibly

One of the major contributors to carbon emissions in film production is travel. Imagine the traditional approach – flying a crew to Spain, booking individual hotel rooms, and driving separate cars. The carbon number generated by such a setup is alarmingly high. However, by opting for shared transportation, such as trains and carpools, and choosing budget-friendly accommodations, we can significantly reduce our carbon footprint. This not only benefits the environment but also makes filmmaking more cost-effective.

Mindful Consumption

The materials we use on set, from sets built with virgin products to high-wattage lighting, contribute substantially to our environmental impact. Embracing sustainability means opting for recycled materials for set construction, utilizing energy-efficient LED lamps, and reducing unnecessary disposables. The carbon number can be slashed by conscientiously choosing eco-friendly alternatives without compromising the quality of our productions.

Eco-Friendly Eating

Our dietary choices during film shoots also play a role in sustainability. Shifting towards plant-based meals or those with a lower carbon footprint, like eggs, can make a significant difference. Not only is this healthier for the planet, but it can also lead to a more efficient and sustainable film production process.

Waste Reduction

In the world of film production, there is often a tendency to discard materials after use. However, embracing a sustainable mindset involves reusing wherever possible and composting organic waste. By doing so, we not only contribute to reducing our carbon footprint but also set an example for a more responsible and eco-conscious industry.

A commitment to sustainability

As a student at the University of Birmingham, I am proud to be part of an institution that values sustainability in all aspects of education, including film and television production. Our commitment to minimizing carbon footprints aligns with the global call for environmental responsibility. Joining this course opens the door to a community of filmmakers dedicated to making a positive impact on the world through their craft.

In conclusion, the future of film production lies in sustainability, and as prospective students, we have the power to remould it and shape it. By making conscious choices in travel, consumption, and waste management, we not only contribute to a greener planet but also enhance the overall quality and efficiency of our productions. The University of Birmingham provides a platform where we can learn, innovate, and lead the way towards a more sustainable and responsible film industry.