I’ve been a proud member of the Producers Guild of America for over 10 years. Early on I helped create the Mentor Program and co-chaired that committee for a few years. I also co-founded The Producers Lab which supported producers in the process of making independent films and projects. One of the best things about the PGA is the events like the special screening of Avatar for members of Congress that we were invited to a couple months ago. Dennis Kucinich and his wife Elizabeth were sitting in front of us! (The funny thing about splitting my time between DC and LA is that I get star struck on both coasts.) Both James Cameron and Sigourney Weaver were on hand to answer questions and discuss the environmental messages of the film.
Since founding EcoPop TV I’ve been more focused on aligning my creative producing career with my environmental endeavors so joining the newly formed Producers Guild Green committee only seemed natural.I recently attended my first meeting in LA and was thrilled to see that these producers walked the talk–just check out all those reusable water bottles!
By the way, the guy sitting under the PGA sign is Fred Baron, the Chair of PGA Green West and also EVP of Feature Production at Twentieth Century Fox. He’s overseen the production of The Day the Earth Stood Still, Borat, Edward Scissorhads, Broken Arrow, Romeo and Juliet and both X-Files features. He also produced a little film called Moulin Rouge. Even cooler than that, Fred is committed to greening the feature industry. One of the first projects of the PGA green is the creation of “Fredslist,” a TV/film production version of craigslist were producers can recycle, reuse & repurpose production equipment when a show wraps. This is so brilliant. I can’t tell you how many white boards and binders get thrown out after every production.
I’m really excited to see the PGA go in this direction and honored to now be apart of it. I hope to be an active member of the committee and learn more about how to help productions go green. By the way, here at EcoPop TV we keep it eco by always using reusable water bottles on set, driving to shoots in a hybrid and editing with all-natural snacks (although yummy, they don’t help render video any faster unfortunately).
If you’re wondering how to lower the carbon footprint of your next production, check out the the PGA Green website for articles, tips and vendor guide.