Sustainable Filmmaking: Cats

December 16, 2019

Cats, December 20, 2019

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Oscar®-winning director Tom Hooper transforms Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-shattering stage musical into a breakthrough cinematic event.

Cats, a Working Title Films and Amblin Entertainment production, in association with Monumental Pictures and The Really Useful Group, stars James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson and introduces Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward in her feature film debut.

Featuring Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic music and a world-class cast of dancers under the guidance of Tony-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton), the film reimagines the musical for a new generation with spectacular production design, state-of-the-art technology, and dance styles ranging from classical ballet to contemporary, hip-hop to jazz, street dance to tap.

Filmed in London, the production of Cats took place in studio where carbon emissions were reduced through energy-efficient LED set lighting along with the use of 100% renewable diesel in their heaters, a cleaner and less carbon intensive bio based fuel. They implemented recycling and composting both on set and in the office, and avoided using over 70,000 plastic water bottles by providing reusable bottles to cast, dancers, and crew. To get crew involved and excited, Cats held an ongoing “Green Challenge,” rewarding best practices such as bicycling to set and bringing reusable containers to lunch.

At wrap, departments from Cats worked to find local organizations to donate their leftover materials. The costume department donated $25,000 worth of clothing, fabrics, and accessories to Cancer Research UK, Dress for Success, and the London Screen Academy. Set dressing and Production donated office supplies worth over $3,000 to the St. Peter School. Construction passed on many materials to the next UK-based Universal Pictures production, Fast & Furious 9. Catering donated approximately 500 pounds of excess catering and set dressing food to City Harvest London, equaling 416 meals fed to those in need. These practices and more led to Cats receiving a 2019 EMA Green Seal.


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