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Impact Of The Film Industry On The Environment

Filmmaking is a money-making business, but it comes with a price for the environment


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Every year, the motion picture industry generates up to 32 tonnes of carbon emission, while an average human generates less than a quarter of that amount. The film industry is no stranger to environmental pollution after numerous studies have shown that the processes involved in making these films are only part of the problem. Another major factor is the damage to natural landscapes. Special effects require either onsite explosions or even placements of replica buildings into the ground that would generally disfigure these landscapes. This is all done in the name of movie production to arouse a sense of realism in their films.


Additionally, the film industry is notoriously wasteful when it comes to the serving of meals. Crews, actors, and actresses would use disposable plates and cups during mealtime at live locations, as the convenience of disposables helps speed up the filming process. There is also the transportation of items such as camera equipment, generators, and the transit of crews back and forth from their hotels to the filming site. The amount of pollution from these activities not only affect the citizen living within those areas but also contribute to the total amount of carbon emission that is already at dangerous levels.


Fortunately, studios today have started taking initiatives to clean up their act by being more conscious about their methods. The Producers Guild of America and the Green Production Guide have been working together to create a guide for companies to reduce their carbon footprint on set – in the hopes of lowering the industry’s impact on the environment.


Is There Hope for the Film Industry to Become “Reel Green”?