1st Edition

Green Filmmaking A Guide to Sustainable Movie Production

By Kent Hayward Copyright 2025
    196 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    196 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Beyond the principles of reduce, reuse, recycle, this book looks at the way that every department on a production can contribute to reducing waste and making a smaller footprint.

    Are you making a green film? Is your filmmaking contributing to the environmental crisis, or is it part of the solution? How can film students make movies in a more ecologically friendly way so that our planet can continue to be inhabited by humans who watch our movies? This book is a step-by-step look at the ways that each person and department in a film’s production can make simple changes to reduce the environmental footprint of moviemaking.

    It is an essential guide for film students, graduates and professionals engaged in the practice of making media.




    About the Cover/Illustrator

    Chapter 1: The History and Context of Green Filmmaking

    Chapter 2: Intersections and Production

    Chapter 3: Why be Green?

    Chapter 4: How To Film Green- By Department

    Chapter 5: Documentary

    Chapter 6: Content, Development, and Climate Storytelling

    Chapter 7: Pre-Production: The Plan

    Chapter 8: The Production Department

    Chapter 9: Production Design, Art, Construction, Props, Set Decoration

    Chapter 10: Camera, Grip, and Electric

    Chapter 11: Actors, Talent, and Casting

    Chapter 12: Food: Catering and Craft Services

    Chapter 13: Wardrobe, Hair, and Makeup

    Chapter 14: Transportation

    Chapter 15: Effects

    Chapter 16: Sustainable Sound Practices in Film Production

    Chapter 17: Editorial aka: Post-production

    Chapter 18: Wrap

    Chapter 19: Green Filmmaking Case Studies & Jobs

    Chapter 20: Looking to the Future




    Kent Hayward is a filmmaker and Associate Professor of production at California State University Long Beach and a co-founder of the Green Film School Alliance. He earned his BA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his MFA at the California Institute of the Arts. Previously, Hayward worked in visual effects and editorial on films including The Dark Knight, Inception, and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, and TV shows for NBC Universal, SyFy, and Lifetime. Hayward's projects include Lunar Estates, August, Sunset to Sunset, and Homestead Artifact. Currently, Hayward is working on an essay film about Bigfoot. He is also a co-founder and the Vice-Chair of the Green Film School Alliance.