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Are there any “green” horror movies ?

We already know about eco-disaster movies, eco-friendly movies for children or simply documentaries about the environment and ecology.

However has anyone ever heard of green horror movies?

In the following extract taken from Mother Nature Network website, eco-blogger, Matt Hickman, Talks about “eco-horror films out there that hopefully won’t make your stomach churn or leave you too scared to take out the recycling after 10 p.m.” :

A warning: You won’t find any deep environmental messages aside from “be nice to Mother Nature or else …” in these movies although some are more serious than others. I’m a bit of a scary movie nut myself so I’m glad to make a few recommendations.

“Animals gone bad” films may be a good place to start if you’re weary of anything involving the supernatural or serial killers. Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds is a staple in the genre and still flat-out terrifying. I saw it at a young age and it stayed with me. So long in fact, that last year when I was on a road trip along the California coast with friends, we stopped at a gas station for a bathroom break in Bodega Bay and I refused to get out of the car in fear of an avian attack.Arachnophobia is also a classic sure to make your skin crawl and we mustn’t forget Jaws although a more recent scary shark flick, Open Water, gave me an in-theater panic attack. One of the better murderous animal films I’ve seen recently was Rogue about a bloodthirsty Aussie croc, but if you’re looking for old-school camp, try Day of the AnimalsAnd if you’re curious about the dangers of genetic engineering, watch Jurassic Park.

Moving on from fauna to flora, murderous, possessed trees always give me the chills because, well, I don’t really expect it. Watch The Evil Dead or Poltergeist if you want to have nightmares about Douglas firs. And while we’re on the homicidal plant tip, two films, The Ruins and The Happening, will have you keeping a distance from your houseplants for at least a week.

On the more-creepy-than-scary list is one of my favorite cult flicks, The Wicker Man (the original, not the so-bad-it’s-funny Nic Cage remake). In short, it’s about what happens when a group of sexed-up Scottish pagans are let down by Mother Nature. What happens? Well, I’ll let you find out.

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London to become the “greenest” city for filming

Actor Alistair McGowan, Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, Actress Emma Thompson and Chief Executive of Film London Adrian Wootton launch 'Green Screen London' at City Hall on February 5, 2008 in London, England

Mayor of London Boris Johnson is backing Green Screen, a newly published guide unveiled at the latest Cannes International Film Festival.

Green Screen is an initiative to help encourage environmentally friendly filming in the capital. It was launched in February 2008 to help film, TV and commercial producers cut climate change emissions in the capital. Supported by the London Filming Partnership, Green Screen has developed a practical package of support for film-makers.

London is continuing to lead the way on tackling climate change and Green Screen is part of a number of sector specific campaigns contributing to the Mayor’s ambitious aim to cut the capital’s emissions by 60 per cent by 2025. Green Screen provides a range of information and guidance and underlines the commitment within the industry to making London the world’s greenest place to film in.

Following extensive research in consultation with some of the leading companies and names in the film, TV and commercial production sector, the Mayor of London and Film London have produced a user-friendly and practical guide.

Many of the ideas in Green Screen will not only cut carbon emissions but also deliver significant financial savings without sacrificing artistic quality.

Boris Johnson said: “Film is an absolutely crucial industry to London’s economy and cultural life. This is not about compromising the quality of productions or hampering creative endeavour – we know the industry is concerned about climate change and we can make it the world’s greenest place in which to film.

“Green Screen contains really practical information on how to reduce emissions and what’s more, save money in the process through reduced energy bills. The film industry can play an important role in creating the new low-carbon economy. In a sector known for being imaginative and forward looking, this is another area that studios, producers and creative talent can take the lead.”

Oscar winning actress, Emma Thompson, also backed the campaign she said: “Our planet is our most precious resource and we all have a role to play, both individually and collectively, in helping to preserve it for future generations. It is really great that the film and TV industry has come together to show leadership but also take real action on this critical issue as it’s time for warm words to translate into action and as of today I will be making changes in my own working practice to reduce my carbon footprint and fully play my part in helping make our industry greener and cleaner.”

The Mayor of London’s most recent ‘Green Screen’ report revealed that 125,000 tonnes of CO2 is emitted by this sector per year (that’s the equivalent of 24,000 households) the breakdown of the London screen industry’s emissions consists of 40% from studio production, and 17% from location shooting. Finally, it also indicated that London is the third busiest centre for movie production.

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Project Pinewood

Project pinewood

When film-makers need to shoot a sequence in New York, they must cart their whole production to the Big Apple. Similarly, if they want to capture a shot or two in Rome, the crew and all their equipment head for Italy. You get the picture; travel is a huge, expensive necessity of the film-making process.

But Pinewood Studios one of the largest film and television production facility providers in the world, with studios at Pinewood, Shepperton and Teddington are planning to change all that

With project pinewood the studio are planing to create a living and working community for creatives consisting of 1,400 sustainable new dwellings situated in the re-created streets of New York, San Francisco, Amsterdam and Paris. This somewhat bizarre, inhabitable film-set will mean crews will be able to shoot city scenes without having to build wasteful, one-off sets or transport film crews to foreign cities. Pinewood hope that the project will bring about a maximum of 77% reduction in emissions for the average film or commercial (quite optimistic).

As one of the world’s most esteemed studios for UK film production, it is a responsible move in the right direction.

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The Green Screen

Welcome to the Green Screen,

Climate change is impossible to ignore, and every industry needs to look at how they operate in relation to this issue. But how is the global film industry adapting to reduce its impact on the environment?  Who are the celebrities involved in the cause ? Can Cinema ever truly be green ?

This blog will focus on how environmental issues are affecting filmmaking today.

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