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Reel Green’s On Production Pilot Program: Bletchley Circle

Jun 12, 2017 | News, Reel Green

Reel Green engaged in a new pilot program to provide production support to Canadian productions to encourage best practices in the areas of waste management, sustainable supply chains, and energy and fuel use – areas identified as the largest contributors to negative environmental impacts related to film production.

Working with Reel Green Partner, Canadian Motion Picture Association of British Columbia (CMPABC), Bletchley Circle was the first production to take part in this program. The production is a British and Canadian co-production of The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco (“Bletchley”), airing on ITV in the UK, and CityTV in Canada fall 2018, with streaming distribution on BritBox in the US and internationally on Netflix. The series is produced by Canada's Omnifilm Entertainment, in association with United Kingdom's World Productions and was shot principally in Greater Vancouver, British Columbia.

Reel Green is excited to share the results of the pilot program in the following report conducted by Green Spark Group, Vancouver based sustainable production consultancy.

Sustainability Highlights include:

  • Use of Sustainable Lockup in both disposing and sourcing materials.

  • Use of 3 bin waste system with appropriate signage.

  • Enforcement of a no-idling policy.

  • Enhanced production communication around sustainability.

Overall, as the pilot for Reel Green’s on-production support program, the crew on Bletchley demonstrated enthusiasm and effort on their sustainability journey. Thank you, Bletchley crew, for showing that it is possible to integrate sustainable production practices on smaller productions.


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As Reel Green continues working with productions, goals are to:

  1. Engage as early as possible in pre-production to ensure the production is informed of sustainable production, and;

  2. track fuel use, waste, recycling, reuse/donations, water and more.

This is part of our effort to measure impacts to inform and prioritize reduction strategies going forward for continual improvement in the motion picture industry.