Painting the Future of Filmmaking Green VOD

  • Independent Film
  • 60min
  • Industry Programme
  • 2020

This is the on-demand recording of the panel, to watch live on the 1st November please click here.

Many elements of the physical world are moving to digital space as a result of the current health crisis. How can we use this opportunity to rethink a greener future for film production?

Creatives and experts discuss how we can use existing technologies and alternative production methods to accelerate the shift towards sustainable and environment-conscious filmmaking.

Speakers: Aaron Matthews, Head of Industry Sustainability, BAFTA; Monty Till, Co-Director of Eco Shoots / CUT IT; Emellie O’Brien, Founder & CEO of Earth Angel

Host: Birgit Heidsiek, Founder of the European Center for Sustainability in the Media World

About the Speakers: Aaron Matthews:

Aaron is environmental advisor to the BAFTA Albert Consortium – a group of 20 UK broadcasters and production companies creating the tools and resources to help the film and TV sectors respond to the challenge of sustainability. Having previously worked with BBC and Warner Bros. productions, Aaron continues to supports screen art projects as well as advise on industry-wide sustainability strategy.

Monty Till:

I have been working in Film & TV for over 10 years having trained in Stage Management at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. I work most often as a Location Manager on HETV Drama in South West England, having started work in Production / Assistant Director departments. Along the way, I have worked as a Stills Producer for US Vogue which involved overseeing a range of crewing, accommodation, travel and locations. I am a member of Cut It ( and we strongly feel that now is our moment to help the industry re-think and work in a greener, cleaner way by engaging with new ways of working and sharing responsibility for change.

I am Co-Director of Eco Shoots Ltd ( - we supply simple solutions for working more sustainably when filming on location. These include emission-free generators, hydrogen lighting masts, reusable flooring, on-set recycling systems and more.

Emellie O’Brien:

Emellie is the Founder & CEO of Earth Angel, the leading sustainable production service provider in the U.S. A pioneer of the sustainable filmmaking movement, she has worked with over 50 major motion pictures and television series to reduce their environmental impact as well as their bottom line since 2011. Her sustainability leadership on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 contributed to it being acclaimed as “the most eco-friendly blockbuster in Sony Pictures’ history.” EOB holds a BFA in Film & Television from NYU, is a Climate Reality Corps Leader, an inaugural Tory Burch Foundation Fellow, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses alum, and 2018 Inc. Magazine 30 Under 30 Rising Star.

About the Host:

Birgit Heidsiek is the Founder of the European Center for Sustainability in the Media World, which organizes international events on environmentally-friendly film production. Birgit publishes Green Film Shooting Magazine as well as its digital online platform. As the Green Cinema Consultant of the Federal Film Board in Germany, she is the author of The Green Cinema Handbook and is a two-time recipient of the German Sustainability Award.

Event in Partnership with The Nature Conservancy