Guest Blogger – Bianca, city of Raleigh
The recent announcement of Academy Award nominations reminded me of my favorite film moment of 2009. No, it wasn’t the initial rise of the house in “Up” or the final rugby match of “Invictus.” Instead, “A Serious Man” showed me something I’d never seen before: a credit for composting services. Composting services?! I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me, but a quick Google search confirmed it. A company called EcoSet Consulting LLC, was hired to reduce waste on the set of "A Serious Man." According to an employee, of the 14 tons of waste generated by the set, 10.3 were sent to a composting facility, not a landfill.
Closer to home, the N.C. Film Office offers tips for environmentally friendly filmmaking practices. Suggestions include avoiding toxic paints, buying locally grown food and donating leftover materials to nonprofits to avoid the landfill. Unfortunately, it lacks case studies of N.C.-filmed projects that incorporated those tips.
I wonder if “A Serious Man” will do for composting what "An Inconvenient Truth" did for carbon offsets. Will these singular instances remain the exception, or will green filmmaking become the industry norm? Have you seen a movie lately that lists credits for recycling or composting services? From now on, I'll be staying until the final credits roll, waiting for another film with "composting cred."