Location Managers Guild International

Summer 2018

The Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) is the largest organization of Location Managers and Location Scouts in the motion picture, television, commercial and print production industries. Their membership plays a vital role in the creativ

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There is a push for change within the industry. Sustainable production is possible. And it can be accomplished in a way that reduces nega- tive environmental impacts while engaging with the community and keeping within the budget. Globally, many industry organizations have begun to make sustainability a priority. From large organizations such as the Producers Guild of America (PGA) to small regional film com- missions like that of Trentino, Italy, industry groups are collaborating to promote sustain- able practices. In British Columbia, Canada, the film and televi- sion industry has grown quickly over the past several years. The city of Vancouver hosted 3,301 film days in 2016, which more than doubled the 1,518 film days in 2015. "It's easy to work here," says Julie Bernard, manager of production ser- vices of the Provincial Film Commission at Cre- ative BC. "BC has a great reputation for an amaz- ing diversity of locations, close proximity to Los Angeles, moderate climate, world-class cast and crew, and competitive tax incentives." And as the industry has grown, it has become a priority for Creative BC to promote sustainable production. "Motion pictures have become a $2.6 billion in- dustry in BC, and with that, there are so many impacts on the communities that we film in," says Bernard. "We need to lighten our footprint and create a more sustainable and thriving in- dustry here." British Columbia takes sustain- ability seriously. The province leads the way in environmental policy with the BC Climate Lead- ership Plan, and a revenue neutral carbon tax which has garnered international recognition. The city of Vancouver is also striving to be a climate action leader, aiming to be the greenest city in the world by 2020. But such ambitions require help from individuals, communities— and major industries. As part of the effort to expand green initia- tives in the film industry, Creative BC has revived Reel Green, a grassroots program started in 2006. It aims to engage the BC motion picture industry to reduce its environ- mental impact, providing support and resourc- es. This past year, Creative BC, with the help of sustainability consultancy Green Spark Group, published a five-year Reel Green Strategic Plan. This carbon literacy training includes engage- A lways leave a location in beer condition than you found it. This is the location manager's mantra. It is also a core concept of sustain- ability: the idea that we would like to leave the world in the same (or beer) condition than it is now; to take what we need, and preserve our environment and resources for future generations. Globally, individu- als, organizations, cities and countries are working together to address the ur- gent need to reduce waste and emissions. Although minimizing our collective impact on the earth has its obstacles, many in- dustries are rising to the challenge—and the film and television industry could lead the way. Choosing Excellence: Sustainable Production by Lonnie Wake Photos by Matt Palmer/LMGI

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