The short film format grants plenty of opportunity to reduce a production’s carbon footprint, as they’re usually made by a small crew and need to keep budget to a bare minimum. In many cases, the crew on a short is made up of people who already know each other. Salt Water Town had about 16 cast and crew in total, plus around 6 supporting artists.
Working with a small crew means greater control over what people do, which helps when considering environmental impact. The production achieved a lot on a small budget, for example, the crew often carpooled and lived at the location where the shoot took place. Although it was a happy accident that we could stay on site, it was in mind to find a location close to accommodation for environmental and logistical reasons.
Having a small crew all based at the shoot location also means Heads of Department are easily accessible at all times, ensuring they feed back to their crew about not being wasteful with materials they’re using.
The production couldn’t afford a generator, so when seeking alternatives, they went with LED sky panels and natural light. The production did need to use polys (polystyrene sheets), which were kept for re-use instead of being ripped up and binned.