Independent short film Terminally Happy tackled sustainability head-on, not least helped by choosing one of the most sustainable locations for the shoot. Crossways, a residential dwelling, provides enough solar energy to meet its efficient needs (and those of a resourceful crew), allowed the production to take place in a carbon zero environment.

The production team sought advice on the usual components of a production’s environmental impact and systematically found a solution for each. These included:

Kit – the production worked with Greenkit who helped them find power efficient equipment which could work below the capacity of the on-site solar panels.

Catering – the production worked with The Fat Carrot, a catering company whose ethical and environmental credentials are core to the business.

Accommodation – the production used a local guesthouse which was a 2 minute walk from the set.

Crewing – to reduce the need for transport and accommodation, the production hired local crew whereever possible. The production used Creative England’s crew database to find their sound recordist, 2nd camera assistant, production assistants and runners who were all based within 10 minutes of the location.

Transportation – all travel to and from London for remaining cast and crew was via train.

Consumables - props and dressings – the production used, recycled and repurposed, hired or donated materials in their entirety. On set strike materials were either donated, returned, recycled or kept by the production company for further use.

Terminally Happy, an all round sustainable production. Top marks to the kids at ToyBox Films

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