Warner Bros. has a deep commitment to green production and has been a leader in adopting sustainable production practices to lessen the ecological footprint of our feature film and television productions that shoot around the world.
Over the years, we have developed Green Production Guidelines with our productions so that we can pursue more sustainable practices in the production office, on stage and on location. Examples of green production practices include digital distribution of documents and dailies, biodiesel fuel, LED set lighting, compost collection, reuse and recycling and the donation of food and lightly used materials for reuse by schools and nonprofit organizations.
We will continue to collaborate with stakeholders throughout our production community and embrace innovative technologies that can help us to achieve our goals.
LED SET LIGHTING
Warner Bros. invests in energy efficient lighting, including the latest LED technology. In addition to office and warehouse installations, this technology is now being pioneered by our film and television productions for use on stages.
“Pretty Little Liars” and “The Mentalist” were the first WBTV productions to successfully incorporate large LED installations on their stages. LED lighting is 85% more energy efficient than conventional lighting, creates less heat thus reducing AC needs and eliminates bulb replacements.
Recently, Warner Bros. partnered with a manufacturer in order to further develop LED technology for space lights – large units that fill a stage space with light. A technical solution was developed to achieve the precise light color and quality required for filming. These lights were first piloted on Stage 16 at an estimated energy savings of 6,700 kilowatt hours. These innovative lights are now being used by numerous productions.
UK PRODUCTIONS TREE PLANTINGS
In 2011, six feature film productions were shot wholly or in part in the UK, including “Gravity,” “Dark Shadows,” “Jack the Giant Killer,” “Clash of the Titans 2,” “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” and “The Dark Knight Rises.” Each of these productions made a commitment to environmental stewardship and implemented a number of significant sustainable production practices.
In addition to conservation efforts made during the course of production, a collective charitable donation was made by these six feature films to Groundwork Hertfordshire, a UK- based nonprofit organization whose mission is to implement projects that use the environment as a catalyst for building a more sustainable future. This mission aligns with Warner Bros. Picture’s commitment to conduct its business in a respectful and professional manner while working in our local communities. Over 7,500 trees were planted in partnership with the local community in an effort to enhance woodland areas and create new habitats for local wildlife.
With Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, we continue to pursue sustainable practices on our productions in the UK.
GERMAN PRODUCTION “BUDDY”
Warner Bros.’ German film production “Buddy” received a certificate for “green film shooting” by Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein. Green production practices on this film included train travel substituted for air travel, the distribution of reusable water bottles to all cast and crew, the elimination of bottled water and disposable cups on set and the donation of building materials and props to support small theatres and productions. Additionally, the production offices in Munich were supplied with power from renewable energy sources.