Sustainable Filmmaking: Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

July 29, 2019

After eight films that have amassed more than $5 billion worldwide, the Fast & Furious franchise now features its first stand-alone vehicle as Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reprise their roles as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

Hobbs & Shaw blasts open a new door in the Fast universe as it hurtles action across the globe, from Los Angeles to London and from the toxic wasteland of Chernobyl to the lush beauty of Samoa. Johnson and Statham are joined by franchise newcomers Idris Elba and Vanessa Kirby.   

Directed by David Leitch (Deadpool 2) from a script by longtime Fast & Furious narrative architect Chris Morgan, the film is produced by Morgan, Johnson, Statham and Hiram Garcia. The executive producers are Dany Garcia, Kelly McCormick, Steven Chasman, Ethan Smith and Ainsley Davies.

Filmed primarily in London and Hawaii, the Hobbs & Shaw production teams implemented a sustainability program across departments on the film. Both cities had a dedicated sustainability manager to oversee the program and ensure that crew had the tools and plan they needed to succeed. A compost and recycling program was initiated both in the office and on set. Many of the crew were provided with reusable water bottles to reduce the use of plastic, and 100% recycled content paper was used where available. In an effort to reduce carbon emissions, heaters ran on renewable diesel made from 100% used cooking oil.

In London, the construction team donated a truck full of dirty polystyrene from their sets to Scenery Salvage to be recycled and reused. The costume department donated over $45,000 worth of wardrobe to TRAIDSmart WorksSuited and BootedWhitechapel Mission, and Smalls for All. The crew also held a clothing and toiletry drive for the Croydon Refugee Day Centre.

In Hawaii, the production donated office supplies and furniture to a local school and library, household items to Women in Need, and leftover building materials and hard hats to a local farm. In both cities, catering and craft service donated 1,400 lbs of excess food to local non-profits, equaling 1,166 meals fed to those in need. These practices and more earned Hobbs & Shaw a 2019 EMA Gold Seal.


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