Props wise, pretty much everything was hired, apart from quite a few plants, some of which ended up on my balcony (thanks!) and some are currently brightening up the Great Guns office. The hero wardrobe was posted back to the agency in NYC and there were a handful of items that couldn't be returned which were also shared around the office.
Lucy loving that Ram Board!
Gary Davies and his best boy Lawrence Duffy had also decreed we didn't need a genny, which was music to my ears, but alas after running catering's hot plates (we thought they were bringing the gas heaters) and tea urn from the same power at our house location, we had to give in and get a small genny from Get Set Hire. But at least we didn't have a massive one, which of course also saved us a lot of money in hourly running time! Ram Board was also a big hit with location manager Yael Mindel. The house actually had another shoot in the following week and she spoke to them about leaving the floor covering down to save doubling up but in the end we had to remove some of it. However we hear that they'd ordered some more themselves to re-do it which was next best thing. Runner Lucy Kelly was also very into it:
At last, no more static shocks from pulling up Correx! So much easier and I love that we can recycle it.
I also managed to print off the full range of signs from the site, and got them laminated (thanks to Tom and Elin in the office!) so that I could wipe them clean and reuse them on every job. They're sitting in my shoot bag next to the Nespresso pod recycling bags as I type. As normal, our crew were told about all of our green shenanigans prior to the shoot and were encouraged to bring bottles for the cooler and Thermoses or Keep Cups. Otherwise we just provided compostable cups, and we had 3 tabletop coolers - no bottled water. I don't think any of our American guests' KeepCups made it to set though which was a shame, although perhaps we should've made it clearer that our intention in giving them as gifts was to bring them along!
2nd AD Dave working his bottle holder and thermos!
We also clocked up a few more air miles due to our lovely producer, DP, hair stylist and artist flying in for the job, although these emissions could've been offset. We used a LOT of couriers too, and taxis, which I guess is normal when you have guests from overseas, although they weren't moving around quite enough to warrant a full time driver - and I'm not sure a hybrid or electric agency driver is out there? Addison Lee do have hybrids, but there doesn't seem to be a way to request only that type of car. We did have a few Uber Priuses, which is better, but I'm still waiting for their Uber Electric service to start... hurry up Uber!
All in all, more good learning and testing but still room for improvement!
To help you on your shoot, you can point your crew to What Can I Do? and use our signage for your recycling bins and general awareness raising. The checklist is also a great way to make sure you’ve ticked as many green boxes as possible, and our FAQ section can help with info about coolers, cups and Ram Board. If you'd like to help inspire others by sharing your experience, get in touch. Just 3 or 4 points and a few pics is enough for us to put together a case study.