Advancing through knowledge and keeping alternatives ready: In conversation with Tirol's first Green Film Consultant Austria.
It’s so green – What motivated you to get involved with green filming?
The actual trigger was a Green Filming Workshop in March 2021 with Philipp Gassmann provided by the LAFC – and the realisation that we as filmmakers are surprisingly big climate killers. I’ve been trying to be as green as possible for a long time, but at work I always thought we were already good. Unfortunately, we’re not – there’s a lot to do and change here. ‘For the good of all’ has always been my drive. So apart from Fridays for future bashings of my son 😉
Green knowledge enriches – you have already successfully completed the training offered by LAFC to become a Green Film Consultant Austria – GFCA. How do you now approach new projects in your function as (green) production manager?
I have been able to learn from Philipp that I have already been implementing some green ideas for years – it’s an advantage in Tirol. The environmental awareness of the Tyroleans is great: treating nature, which is used in many ways in leisure and sports activities, with care is second nature to everyone. In fact, in the future, I will ask and approach projects in an even more small-scale way. And have alternatives ready. The Tyrolean landscape offers fantastic locations that always look ‘green’ in the picture – if the production of the pictures also becomes CO2 neutral, then everyone will be helped.
Sustainability in a nutshell – Which sustainable measures can already be implemented within the framework of a film production without much effort? Where do we need more persuasion, understanding and knowledge, but also (technical) resources?
Simple measures would be to eat organic food that is produced locally and to avoid meat.
It is equally easy to supply green electricity and to change all office supplies to ecologically correct ones.
More difficult is the ecologically correct mobility in the mountains (Innsbruck excluded) as well as the technical supply of the film locations with ecological electricity. That is a real challenge. Tirol-wide, it would make sense to abolish all heating oil systems.
I generally believe that young people know a lot and will change of their own accord – persuasion is needed above all among older people, who have already experienced a lot and ‘things have always gone well’.
Green Filming in Tirol – What opportunities and possibilities do you see in connection with green filming for Tyrolean filmmakers and Tirol as a film region?
I see a lot of possibilities and opportunities, since we have everything on our doorstep and want to preserve it. From an economic point of view, this can also be a great motor and we gain a head start through knowledge. Many Tyrolean filmmakers already produce their images of nature in a perfectly ecologically correct way. In the case of larger projects, everyone would have to be networked and ‘green’ suppliers would have to be preferred. A hotel without green electricity, for example, is simply no longer up to date in 2021.
Act green – Your green tip for industry colleagues!
Simply use the LAFC CO2 calculator for a project and be amazed at how much CO2 you generate yourself. The numbers won’t let you go and you’ll start to think about alternatives. Do without meat – in Tirol, too, there is much more than just schnitzel 😉