Cinema is really magical, you go from one scene to another in radically different landscapes in a snap of your fingers, OUAHOU. Yeah but actually calm your ardor. Because the cinema is very pretty but it pollutes a max. A study carried out by the Ecoprod organization showed that the sector released 1.1 million tonnes of CO2 each year (to give you an idea, that’s more or less 410,000 round trips from Paris to New York, YAY). In California (Hollywood obliges), the cinema is the second most polluting industry after oil. In short, the cinema does not smell very good and we have some thundering examples to prove it to you.
1. The James Bond OO7 Specter busted for 30 million euros of cars
We suspected that action films had little sensitivity for ecology, but the example of this film is particularly convincing. First with these 30 million cars that were scrapped (including 7 Aston Martins which also have the good taste of having been made especially for the film) then this plane which crashes into a mountain. Without forgetting the many scenes in the snow, or in the rain, two meteorological phenomena obviously recreated from scratch. AT THE TOP JAMES.
2. Filming of a scene from The Expendables 2 bumped into a preserved bat colony
Great idea to shoot in a cave in Bulgaria. An even better idea: go shoot in a cave that houses a preserved colony of flying rats. 33,000 bats disturbed by Sylvester Stallone’s big fight which resulted in the death of half of the specimens. Not phew.
3. Apolalypse now: a few liters of diesel
Ah really what a superb film with the music of the Doors how not to be like crazy on this opening scene? Good but know that 4500 liters of gasoline were kindly burnt to burn the forest. We would even have added tires to make more smoke. So Coppola is nice with his film, but it’s not by eating seasonal fruits and vegetables that he’s going to catch up on his carbon footprint.
4. Tim Burton left all his Big Fish sets abandoned in the wild.
So it’s nice in itself it makes a nice place to visit, for tourism it’s really great thank you Tim Burton. But in ecological terms it’s really crap.
5. Waterworld: the abyss of chimeras
We are clearly on the most famous example in the history of the great non-ecological nonsense. Apart from the fact that this madmax aquatic has quickly become a nanar it is above all a blockbuster that has done a lot of harm to the planet.
We start with the filming location: a fake island 250 meters in diameter in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, which had to be moved every day with a 50-meter tug. 60 jet skis. Two catamarans for the stars (because you shouldn’t mess around anyway). Two trimarans (not funny at all in real life) transported by Boeing 747s. Not to mention the 4000 dollars per week of bottles of Evian (nice promotion). So it’s nice to make a film on the consequences of global warming but it seems that the production is off the mark.
6. The Ecoprod organization has assessed the carbon footprint of everything that frames cinema in France (and it’s not phew)
To give you an idea, if we want to respect the commitments of the Paris Agreements (and therefore stay below 1.5°C of global warming compared to the pre-industrial era) we should stay below 2 tonnes of carbon equivalent per person and per year (currently in France, we are more around 12 tons of carbon equivalent per person and per year).
One hour of TV show is 10 tonnes of carbon equivalent. A series episode shot in Paris (from filming to broadcast) is 35 tons. And when you shoot a feature film that offers several landscapes, it’s a minimum of 1,000 tonnes of carbon equivalent.
7. Basically as soon as you see several landscapes from one scene to another, tell yourself that it required a lot of people moving around sometimes just for one scene
And in the genre we could cite a lot of films and series but as we like to point the finger, we can talk about Mektoub my love from Kechiche, which had the entire film crew travel to Portugal for two weeks just to shoot a single scene, or from Game of Thrones, which accumulates an incalculable number of plane trips for at least 1,000 people with each change of scenery. BOOH the villains.
8. Climate star Leocardo Di Caprio doesn’t always live up to his grand speeches
He’s nice Leo with his commitment to the planet, but when you know that he lives in a 7 million dollar house in LA and that in 2016 he treated himself to a small round trip Cannes-New York in a private jet just to receive an award for its ecological commitment, that fucks the female dog.
And can you imagine that a guy like Roland Emmerich on whom we would not have bet a nail of ecological conscience was one of the precursors since in 2004 for the filming of the Next day he had paid the Future of Forest organization to offset his carbon footprint with $200,000 from planting trees. Well it’s not perfect but it’s already better than burning everything. The Wachowski sisters had also made the effort to recycle 97.5% of their sets in Matrix Reloaded.
Sources: L’Express, 20 Minutes, You Matter, Les Echos