Rail travel involved slightly more logistical planning, because they had to book separate trains for each leg of the journey and the travel was arranged last minute, however Tom compared the time scale to that of digging through Skyscanner to finding the cheapest flights. When asked if Tom would use trains over flights in the future he said “for a little more cost and a little more time you can mitigate the biggest environmental impact of your production, which we as an industry have a duty to do. It is entirely possible to avoid flying within the UK and Northern Europe, and companies that are choosing to fly people around unnecessarily should realise that they have a choice, and stop.” Tom hopes to lead by example and show other production companies that there are alternatives to flying and there is no excuse not to take them.
At the end of the production Gripping films offset two tonnes of CO2 by planting trees with Mossy Earth, which was 10 times the carbon footprint of the production. We’re very proud that the end board shows shows the albert Sustainable Production logo.
The film went viral and has been seen well over 40 million times. Tom explained “It was tweeted by The Hulk (Ruffalo), The Dude (Jeff Bridges) and presented to the UN with a speech by Harrison Ford (the Fugitive). Justin Trudeau tweeted people to watch it and said Canada was planting 2 billion trees. Not bad for a tiny film.”
If you’re interested in projects that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, get in touch about albert’s Creative Offsets project.