In 2008 FFC worked with the American University in Washington DC to develop the Code of Best Practice in Sustainable Filmmaking. While there were already ‘green’ filmmaking guides available, few, maybe none, were developed through detailed research or submitted to peer review. Thanks to support from The Ford Foundation and WWF UK, authors Larry Engel and Andrew Buchanan, both FFC members, were able to research and write the Code and put it through the review process. The principles in the Code are the basis on which checklists and carbon trackers were developed to help filmmakers reduce their carbon emissions and their damage to the environment.
These suggestions were compiled from the workshop “How Filmmakers and Conservationists Connect People, Nature, and Climate”, held during the North America Congress of the Society of Conservation Biology on July 17, 2012.
As an organization that strives to encourage conservation messaging across all media platforms, we have begun a reference library to commend positive examples of the mainstream media lending its powerful voice to promote responsible environmental stewardship. By collecting and promoting these examples, we can reinforce the success of these examples – both in their efficacy of clarifying and critiquing conservation issues and in their ability to connect with an audience demanding thoughtful and important entertainment.