In April 2010, a study showed that Hollywood studios have cut down 66 per cent of their waste production and are recycling more than ever. On Earth Day, April 22, Fox Studios pledged to plant a million trees around the world by the end of the year, while Disney took on the task of coral reef conservation.
Bollywood, in contrast, say industry insiders, has a long way to go before filmmakers even ‘think green’. “Bollywood actors and filmmakers are sensitive to the environment outside of a set, but once filmmaking starts, they forget about it,” says actor and environment activist, Rahul Bose.
Bose suggests a three-point agenda to cut down energy wastage during film shoots. “Something as simple as serving tea in mud pots can make a huge difference, our industry wastes an average of 5 crore plastic/thermocol /paper cups and close to two crore plates every year. Directors should slap a fine of Rs 100 on anyone who litters, and all film memorabilia should go out in cloth bags.” The actor adds that he only accepts scripts on email, not on paper.
Documentary filmmaker Mike Pandey has his tips for eco-friendly film shoots, “Technologies like LED and cold lights can drastically bring down energy consumption. Use 5 instead of 40 lights in a scene, and use digital technology instead of creating giants sets.”
Some filmmakers claim that they are inching towards environmental consciousness. Filmmaker Vipul Shah says, “I recently shot a dry Holi sequence for Action Replayy, saving 30 tanks of water. Filmmaker Savita Raj Hiremath says, “While shooting, we try and use soundproof and pollution-free equipment. We also make it a point to switch off AC in vanity vans and other equipment when not in work mode.”
Save on set
Use mud pots or glassware to serve tea
Recycle waste on sets
Use digital technology instead of giant sets
Use energy efficient lighting technology
Switch off equipment when not in use
Make actors share vanity vans to save energy