GOING GREEN

Film production and sustainability don't typically go hand-in-hand. With temporary sets always being built and taken down, various power supplies running, paper print-outs being passed around, and daily catering for cast and crew, film sets are not traditionally ‘green’ places. 

With the annual ‘Earth Day’ having taken place this month (April 22), we wanted to raise awareness of green production, and what we are doing to encourage sustainability on set here in Utah. We believe the key is being mindful and aware, setting goals and ensuring planning and organization take place from the get-go. Small acts can make a big impact. 

On our blog, we asked local production coordinator Marcie Gibboney to share some insights from the set of Disney Channel's Andi Mack, on going green. To get started here are a few simple ways that productions - no matter how big or small - can promote a 'greener' set:

• Set expectations early

• Designate a “green team” or sustainability coordinator

• Use signage for awareness and education

• Set achievable goals

You can find more information and suggested guidelines on our website, and as always our office is pleased to support sustainability efforts in any way that we can.

 

EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT THE OUTPOST

We visited the set of fantasy-adventure series, The Outpost, in Utah County ahead of production wrapping this month. 

Created and written by Arrowstorm Entertainment's Jason Faller and Kynan GriffinThe Outpost follows Talon (Jessica Green), the lone survivor of a race called "Blackbloods". Also starring Jake Stormoen (ExtinctMythica) and Imogen Waterhouse, the show is additionally being executive produced by Dean Devlin of Electric Entertainment (The Librarians, Stargate).

Between the impressive structures and costumes (think armor and swords), stepping foot on the Springville based set transports one to another world. The 10-episode series will air domestically on The CW on July 10th and showing internationally on the SyFy channel.

 

LOCATION OF THE MONTH

April 3 marked 50 years since the U.S. release of the sci-fi classic, Planet of the Apes (1968). It was on the shores of Utah’s Lake Powell that Charlton Heston emerged from a crashed spaceship to find a futuristic world ruled by apes. More recently, Lake Powell was used as a filming location for Westworld Season 2, which aired on HBO on April 22.

The second largest man-made reservoir by maximum water capacity in the U.S. behind Lake Mead, Lake Powell is a major vacation spot that around two million people visit every year.

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SCREENING & SCOUTING

We hosted a special screening of the award-winning Signature Move for FEMME and Film Fatales at Clubhouse SLC on Thursday April 19th, with an insightful discussion to follow with Film Commission director, Virginia Pearce, and the film’s talented director, Jennifer Reeder. 

FEMME (Females Empowered by Movie Making Experiences) is a Utah Valley University student-organized group for female Digital Cinema Production majors. Once a year, they produce a short film with an all-female crew. And Film Fatales supports an inclusive community of female feature film and TV directors who meet regularly to share resources, collaborate and build an environment to create content.

While in town, Jennifer met with Mimi Davis-Taylor, FEMME’s locations mentor, who assisted students and Jennifer with finding locations for the August FEMME production of Forevering, Jennifer's upcoming short film. Some of the locations scouted included Provo’s Big Springs Park and The Start Up Building, as well as The Chocolate in Orem.

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AND THE WINNER IS...

We are delighted to announce the winner of our 2018 Sundance Film Festival competition for one lucky filmmaker to return to Utah for an exclusive location scout. New York based Robin Comisar, was listed by Filmmaker magazine as one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film. His U.S. short film, Great Choice, screened at Sundance, and he plans to make the trip back to Utah this summer to explore locations for his latest production.

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