Sustainable Filmmaking: Emma

February 24, 2020

Emma, February 21, 2020

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Jane Austen’s beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending, is reimagined in this delicious new film adaptation of EMMA starring Anya Taylor-Joy as the titular role with Billy Nighy, Johnny Flynn, and directed by Autumn de Wilde with a screenplay by Eleanor Catton. Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along. Taylor-Joy, Nighy, and Flynn are joined by an incredible ensemble cast including Mia Goth, Miranda Hart, Josh O’Connor, Callum Turner,  Rupert Graves, Gemma Whelan, Amber Anderson, Tanya Reynolds, and Connor Swindells. 

While filming in Southern United Kingdom, the production of Emma made great efforts to reduce their environmental impact. Recycling and composting were implemented in the offices and on set to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. Reusable water bottles were purchased for cast and crew to eliminate the purchasing of disposable plastic bottles. The paper purchased in the office was made from 100% recycled content. When building their sets, construction used FSC-Certified plywood to ensure that it was sustainable sourced. Emma’s sets were lit with over 50% energy-efficient LED lighting. Instead of using regular diesel, the heaters and generators on set were powered with renewable diesel, a cleaner and less carbon intensive bio-based fuel.

At wrap, Emma donated office supplies, rugs, heaters, and more to the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care. Construction and wardrobe donated fabrics and cork boards valued over $2,700 to the London Screen Academy. Emma also donated water bottles, cosmetic supplies, blankets, and more to Utopia 56. Set dressing donated over 2,600 lbs. of fruits and vegetables to the Chilton Farm House and villagers of Lower Slaughter. These practices and more have qualified Emma for a 2020 EMA Green Seal.

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