{"ab":false,"abStatus":null,"abTestId":null,"abVariation":false,"abVariationAutomated":false,"absoluteUrl":"https://www.frontrowinsurance.com/articles/sustainable-sets-green-filmmaking-electric-generators","afterPostBody":null,"allowedSlugConflict":false,"analytics":null,"analyticsPageId":"28043850371","analyticsPageType":"blog-post","archived":false,"archivedAt":0,"archivedInDashboard":false,"areCommentsAllowed":true,"attachedStylesheets":[],"audienceAccess":"PUBLIC","author":null,"authorName":null,"authorUsername":null,"blogAuthor":{"avatar":"","bio":"Grant Patten - VP, Marketing","cdnPurgeEmbargoTime":null,"cosObjectType":"BLOG_AUTHOR","created":1557244191140,"deletedAt":0,"displayName":"Grant Patten","email":"grant@frontrowinsurance.com","facebook":"","fullName":"Grant Patten","gravatarUrl":"https://app.hubspot.com/settings/avatar/9751f803d54c2340cccdf5025adc9aa4","hasSocialProfiles":false,"id":9474946913,"label":"Grant Patten","language":null,"linkedin":"","name":"Grant Patten","portalId":61352,"slug":"grant-patten","translatedFromId":null,"translations":{},"twitter":"","twitterUsername":"","updated":1557244191140,"userId":null,"username":null,"website":""},"blogAuthorId":9474946913,"blogPostAuthor":{"avatar":"","bio":"Grant Patten - VP, Marketing","cdnPurgeEmbargoTime":null,"cosObjectType":"BLOG_AUTHOR","created":1557244191140,"deletedAt":0,"displayName":"Grant Patten","email":"grant@frontrowinsurance.com","facebook":"","fullName":"Grant Patten","gravatarUrl":"https://app.hubspot.com/settings/avatar/9751f803d54c2340cccdf5025adc9aa4","hasSocialProfiles":false,"id":9474946913,"label":"Grant Patten","language":null,"linkedin":"","name":"Grant Patten","portalId":61352,"slug":"grant-patten","translatedFromId":null,"translations":{},"twitter":"","twitterUsername":"","updated":1557244191140,"userId":null,"username":null,"website":""},"blogPostScheduleTaskUid":null,"blogPublishInstantEmailCampaignId":null,"blogPublishInstantEmailRetryCount":null,"blogPublishInstantEmailTaskUid":"DONE","blogPublishToSocialMediaTask":"DONE","blueprintTypeId":0,"businessUnitId":0,"campaign":null,"campaignName":null,"campaignUtm":null,"category":3,"categoryId":3,"cdnPurgeEmbargoTime":null,"clonedFrom":null,"composeBody":null,"compositionId":0,"contentAccessRuleIds":[],"contentAccessRuleTypes":[],"contentGroup":952267656,"contentGroupId":952267656,"contentTypeCategory":3,"contentTypeCategoryId":3,"contentTypeId":null,"created":1586187621854,"createdById":7915797,"createdTime":1586187621854,"css":{},"cssText":"","ctaClicks":null,"ctaViews":null,"currentState":"PUBLISHED","currentlyPublished":true,"deletedAt":0,"deletedBy":null,"domain":"","dynamicPageDataSourceId":null,"dynamicPageDataSourceType":null,"dynamicPageHubDbTableId":null,"enableDomainStylesheets":null,"enableGoogleAmpOutputOverride":false,"enableLayoutStylesheets":null,"errors":[],"featuredImage":"https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/61352/blog-image-uploads/generator-shutterstock_657678478-300forweb.jpg","featuredImageAltText":"Sustainable Sets & Green Filmmaking – The Future of Power in Film","featuredImageHeight":175,"featuredImageLength":0,"featuredImageWidth":300,"flexAreas":{},"folderId":null,"footerHtml":null,"freezeDate":1586188999000,"generateJsonLdEnabledOverride":true,"hasContentAccessRules":false,"hasUserChanges":true,"headHtml":null,"header":null,"htmlTitle":"Sustainable Sets & Green Filmmaking – The Future of Power in Film","id":28043850371,"includeDefaultCustomCss":null,"isCaptchaRequired":true,"isDraft":false,"isInstantEmailEnabled":true,"isPublished":true,"isSocialPublishingEnabled":false,"keywords":[],"label":"<span id=\"hs_cos_wrapper_name\" class=\"hs_cos_wrapper hs_cos_wrapper_meta_field hs_cos_wrapper_type_text\" style=\"\" data-hs-cos-general-type=\"meta_field\" data-hs-cos-type=\"text\" >Sustainable Sets & Green Filmmaking – The Future of Power in Film</span>","language":"en","lastEditSessionId":null,"lastEditUpdateId":null,"layoutSections":{},"legacyBlogTabid":null,"legacyId":null,"legacyPostGuid":null,"linkRelCanonicalUrl":null,"listTemplate":"prox_frontrow/templates/blog/blog-listing.html","liveDomain":"www.frontrowinsurance.com","mab":false,"mabExperimentId":null,"mabMaster":false,"mabVariant":false,"meta":{"attached_stylesheets":[],"post_summary":"<p class=\"p1\" style=\"text-align: right;\"><em><span style=\"font-size: 14px;\"><strong>Source</strong>: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 657678478 (Shutterstock)</span></em></p>\n","has_user_changes":true,"last_edit_session_id":null,"last_edit_update_id":null,"html_title":"Sustainable Sets & Green Filmmaking – The Future of Power in Film","tag_ids":[949708814,26688116507],"topic_ids":[949708814,26688116507],"campaign_name":null,"campaign_utm":null,"enable_google_amp_output_override":false,"featured_image":"https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/61352/blog-image-uploads/generator-shutterstock_657678478-300forweb.jpg","featured_image_alt_text":"Sustainable Sets & Green Filmmaking – The Future of Power in Film","link_rel_canonical_url":null,"meta_description":"Powering a film production is an expensive business. Your typical power set-up is a centralized grid, involving at least one or two 400A diesel generators.","post_body":"<span id=\"hs_cos_wrapper_post_body\" class=\"hs_cos_wrapper hs_cos_wrapper_meta_field hs_cos_wrapper_type_rich_text\" style=\"\" data-hs-cos-general-type=\"meta_field\" data-hs-cos-type=\"rich_text\" ><script type=\"application/ld+json\">\n{\n \"@context\" : \"http://schema.org\",\n \"@type\" : \"Article\",\n \"author\" : \"Grant Patten\",\n \"publisher\" : \"Front Row Insurance\",\n \"name\" : \"SUSTAINABLE SETS & GREEN FILMMAKING – THE FUTURE OF POWER IN FILM\",\n \"headline\" : \"SUSTAINABLE SETS & GREEN FILMMAKING – THE FUTURE OF POWER IN FILM\",\n \"datePublished\" : \"2020-04-06T9:03:00\",\n \"image\" : \"https://www.frontrowinsurance.com/hs-fs/hubfs/blog-image-uploads/generator-power-film-set-forweb600.jpg?width=600&name=generator-power-film-set-forweb600.jpg\"\n}\n</script><p class=\"p1\" style=\"text-align: right;\"><em><span style=\"font-size: 14px;\"><strong>Source</strong>: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 657678478 (Shutterstock)</span></em></p>\n<!--more-->\n<h2 class=\"p1\">Traditional generators for film production – the issues involved</h2>\n<p class=\"p2\">Powering a film production is an expensive business. Your typical power set-up is a centralized grid, involving at least one or two 400A diesel generators. That number can rapidly rise to 20 on large, high-draw productions. This ‘overpowering’ of film sets has been the status quo for decades.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">“<i>Diesel generators have made us pretty lazy with our math - we basically just add up the lights we have and supply enough power to turn them all on at once, all day long, with lots left over for heating up all the snacks” <br></i><i>– </i>Kerri Coombs, Vancouver Gaffer</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">A single generator emits a noise level of 73 decibels – louder than a standard vacuum cleaner – and 2.6 kg of CO<sub>2</sub> per litre of diesel burned. As a result, they must be placed far enough from set to avoid being picked up by sound or damaging air quality and the health of the crew. This practice has a number of challenges.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">Rigging crews spend days setting up hundreds of feet of three-phase seaway cable or 4/0 heavy gauge cable to transmit power to set, as well as mats to ensure traffic can pass over the cabling without damage. Due to the distances involved, this can lead to line loss and restricts set design to specific locations that allow access. Productions using generators must also procure costly permits and hire generator operators to bring in and monitor the units during shooting.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">What’s more, even before the generator operators (a.k.a. Genny Ops) roll in the 400A generators to energize the grid, the pre-production crew often must use loud, noxious 6k and 2k gas generators for power until the diesel power grid is energized. All of this – the noise, the harmful fumes, the cabling and disruption – is in large part responsible for the growing friction between film crews and the residents of the world’s most famous film cities. This is leading to some neighbourhoods refusing permits for film crews to work there at all.</p>\n<h2 class=\"p1\">Powering the film industry’s grid with decentralized clean technology / Portable Electric / electric generators</h2>\n<p class=\"p2\">Decentralization of the power grid is a growing trend within the film industry. Leading professionals, such as <a href=\"https://britishcinematographer.co.uk/green-voltage/\"><span class=\"s1\">David Sinfield</span></a> and his team – known for their work on <i>No Time To Die</i>, <i>Wonder Woman</i> and <i>Venom 2</i> – have already moved to a hybrid model. This involves using a reduced number of 400A diesel generators to deliver overall set power, while bringing in <span style=\"font-weight: bold;\">clean battery electric generators</span> for peripheral power loads and confined or restrictive locations.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">As a result, teams around the world are achieving creative visions that would otherwise be prohibitively expensive or actually impossible. A recent example was found when a crew used <a href=\"https://portable-electric.com/\" rel=\" noopener\">Portable Electric’s <span class=\"s1\">VOLTstack</span></a> 2k and 5k electric generators to create a 360° IMAX shot. Due to their emissions-free and silent nature, these units could be placed directly beside the Technocrane holding the camera. The production, in turn, saved the unnecessary double expense of laying out hundreds of feet of cable, only to paint it all out in the editor’s suite.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">Some pioneering productions are going one step further by completely decentralizing their grids. A Vancouver-based indie production, <i>The Victim</i>, used only VOLTstack electric generators to park power wherever they needed it for everything from their video village and catering, to balloon lights and HMI lamps during a day and night shoot.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">“<i>I had no problem convincing the producers this was a great idea. As far as producers are concerned, no cable, no noise, and instant power on demand is like a dream come true</i>” <br>– Kerri Coombs, gaffer on <i>The Victim</i></p>\n<p class=\"p2\">This simply required a shift in their approach to energy budgeting. “<i>The industry regularly uses 18,000 watt lights for night shooting, which is why most of the night scenes you see nowadays look weird and unnatural, with blue light where all the darkness should be</i>,” explains Kerri.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">Instead, they swapped conventional fixtures with LED Skypanels, a staple lighting solution that uses a fifth of the power while achieving the same effect as conventional fixtures. Consequently, not only did decentralizing their grid create huge cost savings on cabling, mats, fuel and production manpower, it also ensured they achieved a powerful creative vision.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">“<i>The lighting looked great - we didn’t have to sacrifice production value to scale down our power needs. There were a lot of high fives.</i>”</p>\n<h2 class=\"p1\">Generators for film production / electric generators – risk management &amp; insurance </h2>\n<p class=\"p2\">Whether you’re using a diesel or electric generator, there can be certain risks that come along with generator use on set. A <strong>specialized film insurance broker</strong> is best able to present the risks associated with your film production to the film insurance underwriter to ensure you receive the best coverage and premium for your production.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">Front Row Insurance Brokers are specialized Film Insurance Brokers. <a href=\"https://www.frontrowinsurance.com/contact-us\"><span class=\"s1\">Please contact us</span></a> if you have any questions.<br><br></p>\n<p class=\"p2\"><span style=\"font-size: 14px;\"><i>Guest post written by </i><span class=\"s1\"><i>Lisa Gheysen</i></span><i>, Copywriter, on behalf of </i><a href=\"https://portable-electric.com/\"><span class=\"s1\"><i>Portable Electric Ltd.</i></span></a><i></i></span></p>\n<h3 class=\"p2\"><span style=\"font-size: 14px;\">About Portable Electric:</span></h3>\n<p class=\"p2\"><span style=\"font-size: 14px;\"><i>Portable Electric (PE) is a Vancouver-based tech disruptor that builds, rents and sells the VOLTstack Power Station, revolutionizing the way critical power is delivered. They provide film productions, event organizers, construction sites, disaster zones and more, an alternative to loud, noxious gas and diesel generators.</i></span></p>\n<h3 class=\"p2\" style=\"font-size: 14px;\">RELATED POSTS:</h3>\n<ul>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/articles/the-sustainable-production-forum-sustainability-in-the-film-industry\" rel=\" noopener\">SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION FORUM</a></li>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/articles/articles/bid/111382/film-production-companies-and-camera-cars-reducing-the-risk\" rel=\" noopener\">CAMERA CARS: REDUCING THE RISK</a></li>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/articles/articles/bid/111203/film-production-companies-and-lighting-safety\" rel=\" noopener\">LIGHTING SAFETY</a></li>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/articles/articles/bid/111696/film-production-insurance-smoke-and-fog-safety-on-the-film-set\" rel=\" noopener\">SMOKE &amp; FOG SAFETY ON SET</a></li>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/articles/on-set-headsets-walkie-talkie-headsets-and-earpieces-for-filmmaking\" rel=\"noopener\">WALKIE-TALKIE HEADSETS AND EARPIECES FOR FILMMAKING</a></li>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/en/film-insurance-101\" rel=\" noopener\">FREE EBOOK! FILM INSURANCE 101: HOW TO PROTECT YOUR FILM PROJECT</a></li>\n</ul></span>","publish_immediately":true,"use_featured_image":true,"published_by_id":7915797,"published_at":1649448556096,"rss_body":"<script type=\"application/ld+json\">\n{\n \"@context\" : \"http://schema.org\",\n \"@type\" : \"Article\",\n \"author\" : \"Grant Patten\",\n \"publisher\" : \"Front Row Insurance\",\n \"name\" : \"SUSTAINABLE SETS & GREEN FILMMAKING – THE FUTURE OF POWER IN FILM\",\n \"headline\" : \"SUSTAINABLE SETS & GREEN FILMMAKING – THE FUTURE OF POWER IN FILM\",\n \"datePublished\" : \"2020-04-06T9:03:00\",\n \"image\" : \"https://www.frontrowinsurance.com/hs-fs/hubfs/blog-image-uploads/generator-power-film-set-forweb600.jpg?width=600&name=generator-power-film-set-forweb600.jpg\"\n}\n</script><p class=\"p1\" style=\"text-align: right;\"><em><span style=\"font-size: 14px;\"><strong>Source</strong>: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 657678478 (Shutterstock)</span></em></p>\n<!--more-->\n<h2 class=\"p1\">Traditional generators for film production – the issues involved</h2>\n<p class=\"p2\">Powering a film production is an expensive business. Your typical power set-up is a centralized grid, involving at least one or two 400A diesel generators. That number can rapidly rise to 20 on large, high-draw productions. This ‘overpowering’ of film sets has been the status quo for decades.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">“<i>Diesel generators have made us pretty lazy with our math - we basically just add up the lights we have and supply enough power to turn them all on at once, all day long, with lots left over for heating up all the snacks” <br></i><i>– </i>Kerri Coombs, Vancouver Gaffer</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">A single generator emits a noise level of 73 decibels – louder than a standard vacuum cleaner – and 2.6 kg of CO<sub>2</sub> per litre of diesel burned. As a result, they must be placed far enough from set to avoid being picked up by sound or damaging air quality and the health of the crew. This practice has a number of challenges.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">Rigging crews spend days setting up hundreds of feet of three-phase seaway cable or 4/0 heavy gauge cable to transmit power to set, as well as mats to ensure traffic can pass over the cabling without damage. Due to the distances involved, this can lead to line loss and restricts set design to specific locations that allow access. Productions using generators must also procure costly permits and hire generator operators to bring in and monitor the units during shooting.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">What’s more, even before the generator operators (a.k.a. Genny Ops) roll in the 400A generators to energize the grid, the pre-production crew often must use loud, noxious 6k and 2k gas generators for power until the diesel power grid is energized. All of this – the noise, the harmful fumes, the cabling and disruption – is in large part responsible for the growing friction between film crews and the residents of the world’s most famous film cities. This is leading to some neighbourhoods refusing permits for film crews to work there at all.</p>\n<h2 class=\"p1\">Powering the film industry’s grid with decentralized clean technology / Portable Electric / electric generators</h2>\n<p class=\"p2\">Decentralization of the power grid is a growing trend within the film industry. Leading professionals, such as <a href=\"https://britishcinematographer.co.uk/green-voltage/\"><span class=\"s1\">David Sinfield</span></a> and his team – known for their work on <i>No Time To Die</i>, <i>Wonder Woman</i> and <i>Venom 2</i> – have already moved to a hybrid model. This involves using a reduced number of 400A diesel generators to deliver overall set power, while bringing in <span style=\"font-weight: bold;\">clean battery electric generators</span> for peripheral power loads and confined or restrictive locations.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">As a result, teams around the world are achieving creative visions that would otherwise be prohibitively expensive or actually impossible. A recent example was found when a crew used <a href=\"https://portable-electric.com/\" rel=\" noopener\">Portable Electric’s <span class=\"s1\">VOLTstack</span></a> 2k and 5k electric generators to create a 360° IMAX shot. Due to their emissions-free and silent nature, these units could be placed directly beside the Technocrane holding the camera. The production, in turn, saved the unnecessary double expense of laying out hundreds of feet of cable, only to paint it all out in the editor’s suite.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">Some pioneering productions are going one step further by completely decentralizing their grids. A Vancouver-based indie production, <i>The Victim</i>, used only VOLTstack electric generators to park power wherever they needed it for everything from their video village and catering, to balloon lights and HMI lamps during a day and night shoot.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">“<i>I had no problem convincing the producers this was a great idea. As far as producers are concerned, no cable, no noise, and instant power on demand is like a dream come true</i>” <br>– Kerri Coombs, gaffer on <i>The Victim</i></p>\n<p class=\"p2\">This simply required a shift in their approach to energy budgeting. “<i>The industry regularly uses 18,000 watt lights for night shooting, which is why most of the night scenes you see nowadays look weird and unnatural, with blue light where all the darkness should be</i>,” explains Kerri.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">Instead, they swapped conventional fixtures with LED Skypanels, a staple lighting solution that uses a fifth of the power while achieving the same effect as conventional fixtures. Consequently, not only did decentralizing their grid create huge cost savings on cabling, mats, fuel and production manpower, it also ensured they achieved a powerful creative vision.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">“<i>The lighting looked great - we didn’t have to sacrifice production value to scale down our power needs. There were a lot of high fives.</i>”</p>\n<h2 class=\"p1\">Generators for film production / electric generators – risk management &amp; insurance </h2>\n<p class=\"p2\">Whether you’re using a diesel or electric generator, there can be certain risks that come along with generator use on set. A <strong>specialized film insurance broker</strong> is best able to present the risks associated with your film production to the film insurance underwriter to ensure you receive the best coverage and premium for your production.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">Front Row Insurance Brokers are specialized Film Insurance Brokers. <a href=\"https://www.frontrowinsurance.com/contact-us\"><span class=\"s1\">Please contact us</span></a> if you have any questions.<br><br></p>\n<p class=\"p2\"><span style=\"font-size: 14px;\"><i>Guest post written by </i><span class=\"s1\"><i>Lisa Gheysen</i></span><i>, Copywriter, on behalf of </i><a href=\"https://portable-electric.com/\"><span class=\"s1\"><i>Portable Electric Ltd.</i></span></a><i></i></span></p>\n<h3 class=\"p2\"><span style=\"font-size: 14px;\">About Portable Electric:</span></h3>\n<p class=\"p2\"><span style=\"font-size: 14px;\"><i>Portable Electric (PE) is a Vancouver-based tech disruptor that builds, rents and sells the VOLTstack Power Station, revolutionizing the way critical power is delivered. They provide film productions, event organizers, construction sites, disaster zones and more, an alternative to loud, noxious gas and diesel generators.</i></span></p>\n<h3 class=\"p2\" style=\"font-size: 14px;\">RELATED POSTS:</h3>\n<ul>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/articles/the-sustainable-production-forum-sustainability-in-the-film-industry\" rel=\" noopener\">SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION FORUM</a></li>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/articles/articles/bid/111382/film-production-companies-and-camera-cars-reducing-the-risk\" rel=\" noopener\">CAMERA CARS: REDUCING THE RISK</a></li>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/articles/articles/bid/111203/film-production-companies-and-lighting-safety\" rel=\" noopener\">LIGHTING SAFETY</a></li>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/articles/articles/bid/111696/film-production-insurance-smoke-and-fog-safety-on-the-film-set\" rel=\" noopener\">SMOKE &amp; FOG SAFETY ON SET</a></li>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/articles/on-set-headsets-walkie-talkie-headsets-and-earpieces-for-filmmaking\" rel=\"noopener\">WALKIE-TALKIE HEADSETS AND EARPIECES FOR FILMMAKING</a></li>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/en/film-insurance-101\" rel=\" noopener\">FREE EBOOK! FILM INSURANCE 101: HOW TO PROTECT YOUR FILM PROJECT</a></li>\n</ul>","rss_summary":"<p class=\"p1\" style=\"text-align: right;\"><em><span style=\"font-size: 14px;\"><strong>Source</strong>: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 657678478 (Shutterstock)</span></em></p>\n","blog_publish_instant_email_task_uid":"DONE","blog_publish_to_social_media_task":"DONE","head_html":null,"blog_post_schedule_task_uid":null,"scheduled_update_date":0,"featured_image_width":300,"featured_image_height":175,"header":null},"metaDescription":"Powering a film production is an expensive business. Your typical power set-up is a centralized grid, involving at least one or two 400A diesel generators.","metaKeywords":null,"name":"<span id=\"hs_cos_wrapper_name\" class=\"hs_cos_wrapper hs_cos_wrapper_meta_field hs_cos_wrapper_type_text\" style=\"\" data-hs-cos-general-type=\"meta_field\" data-hs-cos-type=\"text\" >Sustainable Sets & Green Filmmaking – The Future of Power in Film</span>","nextPostFeaturedImage":"https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/61352/blog-image-uploads/theatre-masks-intimacy-forweb300.jpg","nextPostFeaturedImageAltText":"Intimacy Directors in the Theatre World","nextPostName":"Intimacy Directors in the Theatre World","nextPostSlug":"articles/intimacy-directors-in-the-theatre-world","pageExpiryDate":null,"pageExpiryEnabled":null,"pageExpiryRedirectId":null,"pageExpiryRedirectUrl":null,"pageRedirected":false,"pageTitle":"Sustainable Sets & Green Filmmaking – The Future of Power in Film","parentBlog":{"absoluteUrl":"https://www.frontrowinsurance.com/articles","allowComments":true,"ampBodyColor":"#404040","ampBodyFont":"'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif","ampBodyFontSize":"18","ampCustomCss":"","ampHeaderBackgroundColor":"#ffffff","ampHeaderColor":"#1e1e1e","ampHeaderFont":"'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif","ampHeaderFontSize":"36","ampLinkColor":"#416bb3","ampLogoAlt":"Front Row Insurance logo","ampLogoHeight":63,"ampLogoSrc":"https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/61352/front-row-logo.png","ampLogoWidth":175,"analyticsPageId":137640,"attachedStylesheets":[],"audienceAccess":"PUBLIC","businessUnitId":null,"captchaAfterDays":7,"captchaAlways":false,"categoryId":3,"cdnPurgeEmbargoTime":null,"closeCommentsOlder":0,"commentDateFormat":"medium","commentFormGuid":"7a447743-bbf2-4b55-a759-b405bf392a7d","commentMaxThreadDepth":3,"commentModeration":true,"commentNotificationEmails":["mike@frontrowinsurance.com","grant@frontrowinsurance.com"],"commentShouldCreateContact":true,"commentVerificationText":"","cosObjectType":"BLOG","created":1401900293000,"createdDateTime":1401900293000,"dailyNotificationEmailId":"952268096","dateFormattingLanguage":"en_US","defaultGroupStyleId":"","defaultNotificationFromName":"","defaultNotificationReplyTo":"","deletedAt":0,"description":"The Front Row Insurance Blog where you can learn and converse about all things entertainment insurance related.","domain":"","domainWhenPublished":"www.frontrowinsurance.com","emailApiSubscriptionId":283237,"enableGoogleAmpOutput":true,"enableSocialAutoPublishing":false,"generateJsonLdEnabled":false,"header":null,"htmlFooter":"<!-- DELTA-->","htmlFooterIsShared":false,"htmlHead":"<!-- Blog Schema by Front Row Insurance // https://www.frontrowinsurance.com/ -->\n\n<script type=\"application/ld+json\">\n {\n \"@context\": \"http://schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"BlogPosting\",\n \"mainEntityOfPage\":{\n \"@type\":\"WebPage\",\n \"@id\":\"https://www.frontrowinsurance.com/articles/sustainable-sets-green-filmmaking-electric-generators\"\n },\n \"headline\": \"Sustainable Sets & Green Filmmaking – The Future of Power in Film\",\n \"image\": {\n \"@type\": \"ImageObject\",\n \"url\": \"https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/61352/blog-image-uploads/generator-shutterstock_657678478-300forweb.jpg\"\n },\n \"datePublished\": \"2020-04-06 16:03:19\",\n \"dateModified\": \"\",\n \"author\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"') }}\"\n },\n \"publisher\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"FRONT ROW INSURANCE BROKERS\",\n \"logo\": {\n \"@type\": \"ImageObject\",\n \"url\": \"https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/61352/images/Logos/FR_logo_%5BConverted,-Inverted%5D.png\"\n }\n },\n \"description\": \"Powering a film production is an expensive business. Your typical power set-up is a centralized grid, involving at least one or two 400A diesel generators.\"\n }\n </script>\n <!-- End Schema --> \n<script type=\"text/javascript\">\n window._mNHandle = window._mNHandle || {};\n window._mNHandle.queue = window._mNHandle.queue || [];\n medianet_versionId = \"3121199\";\n</script>\n<script src=\"https://contextual.media.net/dmedianet.js?cid=8CU76IWTZ\" async=\"async\"></script>","htmlHeadIsShared":true,"htmlKeywords":["Front Row Insurance Blog"," entertainment blog"," film blog"," film insurance"," event insurance"," film festival blog"," production blog"," musicians blog"," "],"htmlTitle":"The Front Row View (entertainment insurance blog)","id":952267656,"instantNotificationEmailId":"952268061","itemLayoutId":null,"itemTemplateIsShared":false,"itemTemplatePath":"prox_frontrow/templates/blog/blog-post.html","label":"The Front Row View (entertainment insurance blog)","language":"en","legacyGuid":"469ce2ec-4dd9-442d-984a-3bab2557a02f","legacyModuleId":"164112","legacyTabId":137640,"listingLayoutId":null,"listingPageId":70026589976,"listingTemplatePath":"prox_frontrow/templates/blog/blog-listing.html","liveDomain":"www.frontrowinsurance.com","monthFilterFormat":"MMMM yyyy","monthlyNotificationEmailId":"952267981","name":"The Front Row View (entertainment insurance blog)","parentBlogUpdateTaskId":null,"portalId":61352,"postHtmlFooter":"<!-- OMEGA-->","postHtmlHead":"<!-- Blog Schema by Front Row Insurance // https://www.frontrowinsurance.com/ -->\n\n<script type=\"application/ld+json\">\n {\n \"@context\": \"http://schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"BlogPosting\",\n \"mainEntityOfPage\":{\n \"@type\":\"WebPage\",\n \"@id\":\"https://www.frontrowinsurance.com/articles/sustainable-sets-green-filmmaking-electric-generators\"\n },\n \"headline\": \"Sustainable Sets & Green Filmmaking – The Future of Power in Film\",\n \"image\": {\n \"@type\": \"ImageObject\",\n \"url\": \"https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/61352/blog-image-uploads/generator-shutterstock_657678478-300forweb.jpg\"\n },\n \"datePublished\": \"2020-04-06 16:03:19\",\n \"dateModified\": \"\",\n \"author\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"') }}\"\n },\n \"publisher\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"FRONT ROW INSURANCE BROKERS\",\n \"logo\": {\n \"@type\": \"ImageObject\",\n \"url\": \"https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/61352/images/Logos/FR_logo_%5BConverted,-Inverted%5D.png\"\n }\n },\n \"description\": \"Powering a film production is an expensive business. Your typical power set-up is a centralized grid, involving at least one or two 400A diesel generators.\"\n }\n </script>\n <!-- End Schema --> \n<script type=\"text/javascript\">\n window._mNHandle = window._mNHandle || {};\n window._mNHandle.queue = window._mNHandle.queue || [];\n medianet_versionId = \"3121199\";\n</script>\n<script src=\"https://contextual.media.net/dmedianet.js?cid=8CU76IWTZ\" async=\"async\"></script>","postsPerListingPage":10,"postsPerRssFeed":10,"publicAccessRules":[{"ids":[],"type":"LIST_MEMBERSHIP"}],"publicAccessRulesEnabled":false,"publicTitle":"The Front Row View (entertainment insurance blog)","publishDateFormat":"medium","resolvedDomain":"www.frontrowinsurance.com","rootUrl":"https://www.frontrowinsurance.com/articles","rssCustomFeed":"","rssDescription":"RSS feeds for ","rssItemFooter":"<IMG style=\"WIDTH: 144px; HEIGHT: 78px\" title=\"\" border=0 alt=\"\" align=center src=\"http://focusinsurance.web6.hubspot.com/Portals/61352/images//logo_final.jpg\" width=138 height=78 mce_src=\"/Portals/61352/images//logo_final.jpg\">","rssItemHeader":"","settingsOverrides":{"itemLayoutId":false,"itemTemplatePath":false,"itemTemplateIsShared":false,"listingLayoutId":false,"listingTemplatePath":false,"postsPerListingPage":false,"showSummaryInListing":false,"useFeaturedImageInSummary":false,"htmlHead":false,"postHtmlHead":false,"htmlHeadIsShared":false,"htmlFooter":false,"listingPageHtmlFooter":false,"postHtmlFooter":false,"htmlFooterIsShared":false,"attachedStylesheets":false,"postsPerRssFeed":false,"showSummaryInRss":false,"showSummaryInEmails":false,"showSummariesInEmails":false,"allowComments":false,"commentShouldCreateContact":false,"commentModeration":false,"closeCommentsOlder":false,"commentNotificationEmails":false,"commentMaxThreadDepth":false,"commentVerificationText":false,"socialAccountTwitter":false,"showSocialLinkTwitter":false,"showSocialLinkLinkedin":false,"showSocialLinkFacebook":false,"enableGoogleAmpOutput":false,"ampLogoSrc":false,"ampLogoHeight":false,"ampLogoWidth":false,"ampLogoAlt":false,"ampHeaderFont":false,"ampHeaderFontSize":false,"ampHeaderColor":false,"ampHeaderBackgroundColor":false,"ampBodyFont":false,"ampBodyFontSize":false,"ampBodyColor":false,"ampLinkColor":false,"generateJsonLdEnabled":false},"showSocialLinkFacebook":true,"showSocialLinkLinkedin":true,"showSocialLinkTwitter":true,"showSummaryInEmails":true,"showSummaryInListing":false,"showSummaryInRss":true,"siteId":0,"slug":"articles","socialAccountTwitter":"","state":null,"subscriptionContactsProperty":"blog_blog_the_front_row_view_subscription","subscriptionEmailType":null,"subscriptionFormGuid":"a2c254df-2214-4c54-bd51-46da1e3029fb","subscriptionListsByType":{"daily":12,"instant":11,"monthly":10,"weekly":13},"title":null,"translatedFromId":null,"translations":{"fr":{"absoluteUrl":"https://www.frontrowinsurance.com/fr/blogue","id":2471031463,"language":"fr","masterId":952267656,"name":"The Front Row View (entertainment insurance blog)","publicAccessRules":[{"ids":[],"type":"LIST_MEMBERSHIP"}],"publicAccessRulesEnabled":false,"slug":"fr/blogue"}},"updated":1650089754719,"updatedDateTime":1650089754719,"urlBase":"www.frontrowinsurance.com/articles","urlSegments":{},"useFeaturedImageInSummary":true,"usesDefaultTemplate":false,"weeklyNotificationEmailId":"952268106"},"password":null,"pastMabExperimentIds":[],"performableGuid":null,"performableVariationLetter":null,"personas":[],"placementGuids":[],"portableKey":null,"portalId":61352,"position":null,"postBody":"<span id=\"hs_cos_wrapper_post_body\" class=\"hs_cos_wrapper hs_cos_wrapper_meta_field hs_cos_wrapper_type_rich_text\" style=\"\" data-hs-cos-general-type=\"meta_field\" data-hs-cos-type=\"rich_text\" ><script type=\"application/ld+json\">\n{\n \"@context\" : \"http://schema.org\",\n \"@type\" : \"Article\",\n \"author\" : \"Grant Patten\",\n \"publisher\" : \"Front Row Insurance\",\n \"name\" : \"SUSTAINABLE SETS & GREEN FILMMAKING – THE FUTURE OF POWER IN FILM\",\n \"headline\" : \"SUSTAINABLE SETS & GREEN FILMMAKING – THE FUTURE OF POWER IN FILM\",\n \"datePublished\" : \"2020-04-06T9:03:00\",\n \"image\" : \"https://www.frontrowinsurance.com/hs-fs/hubfs/blog-image-uploads/generator-power-film-set-forweb600.jpg?width=600&name=generator-power-film-set-forweb600.jpg\"\n}\n</script><p class=\"p1\" style=\"text-align: right;\"><em><span style=\"font-size: 14px;\"><strong>Source</strong>: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 657678478 (Shutterstock)</span></em></p>\n<!--more-->\n<h2 class=\"p1\">Traditional generators for film production – the issues involved</h2>\n<p class=\"p2\">Powering a film production is an expensive business. Your typical power set-up is a centralized grid, involving at least one or two 400A diesel generators. That number can rapidly rise to 20 on large, high-draw productions. This ‘overpowering’ of film sets has been the status quo for decades.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">“<i>Diesel generators have made us pretty lazy with our math - we basically just add up the lights we have and supply enough power to turn them all on at once, all day long, with lots left over for heating up all the snacks” <br></i><i>– </i>Kerri Coombs, Vancouver Gaffer</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">A single generator emits a noise level of 73 decibels – louder than a standard vacuum cleaner – and 2.6 kg of CO<sub>2</sub> per litre of diesel burned. As a result, they must be placed far enough from set to avoid being picked up by sound or damaging air quality and the health of the crew. This practice has a number of challenges.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">Rigging crews spend days setting up hundreds of feet of three-phase seaway cable or 4/0 heavy gauge cable to transmit power to set, as well as mats to ensure traffic can pass over the cabling without damage. Due to the distances involved, this can lead to line loss and restricts set design to specific locations that allow access. Productions using generators must also procure costly permits and hire generator operators to bring in and monitor the units during shooting.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">What’s more, even before the generator operators (a.k.a. Genny Ops) roll in the 400A generators to energize the grid, the pre-production crew often must use loud, noxious 6k and 2k gas generators for power until the diesel power grid is energized. All of this – the noise, the harmful fumes, the cabling and disruption – is in large part responsible for the growing friction between film crews and the residents of the world’s most famous film cities. This is leading to some neighbourhoods refusing permits for film crews to work there at all.</p>\n<h2 class=\"p1\">Powering the film industry’s grid with decentralized clean technology / Portable Electric / electric generators</h2>\n<p class=\"p2\">Decentralization of the power grid is a growing trend within the film industry. Leading professionals, such as <a href=\"https://britishcinematographer.co.uk/green-voltage/\"><span class=\"s1\">David Sinfield</span></a> and his team – known for their work on <i>No Time To Die</i>, <i>Wonder Woman</i> and <i>Venom 2</i> – have already moved to a hybrid model. This involves using a reduced number of 400A diesel generators to deliver overall set power, while bringing in <span style=\"font-weight: bold;\">clean battery electric generators</span> for peripheral power loads and confined or restrictive locations.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">As a result, teams around the world are achieving creative visions that would otherwise be prohibitively expensive or actually impossible. A recent example was found when a crew used <a href=\"https://portable-electric.com/\" rel=\" noopener\">Portable Electric’s <span class=\"s1\">VOLTstack</span></a> 2k and 5k electric generators to create a 360° IMAX shot. Due to their emissions-free and silent nature, these units could be placed directly beside the Technocrane holding the camera. The production, in turn, saved the unnecessary double expense of laying out hundreds of feet of cable, only to paint it all out in the editor’s suite.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">Some pioneering productions are going one step further by completely decentralizing their grids. A Vancouver-based indie production, <i>The Victim</i>, used only VOLTstack electric generators to park power wherever they needed it for everything from their video village and catering, to balloon lights and HMI lamps during a day and night shoot.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">“<i>I had no problem convincing the producers this was a great idea. As far as producers are concerned, no cable, no noise, and instant power on demand is like a dream come true</i>” <br>– Kerri Coombs, gaffer on <i>The Victim</i></p>\n<p class=\"p2\">This simply required a shift in their approach to energy budgeting. “<i>The industry regularly uses 18,000 watt lights for night shooting, which is why most of the night scenes you see nowadays look weird and unnatural, with blue light where all the darkness should be</i>,” explains Kerri.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">Instead, they swapped conventional fixtures with LED Skypanels, a staple lighting solution that uses a fifth of the power while achieving the same effect as conventional fixtures. Consequently, not only did decentralizing their grid create huge cost savings on cabling, mats, fuel and production manpower, it also ensured they achieved a powerful creative vision.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">“<i>The lighting looked great - we didn’t have to sacrifice production value to scale down our power needs. There were a lot of high fives.</i>”</p>\n<h2 class=\"p1\">Generators for film production / electric generators – risk management &amp; insurance </h2>\n<p class=\"p2\">Whether you’re using a diesel or electric generator, there can be certain risks that come along with generator use on set. A <strong>specialized film insurance broker</strong> is best able to present the risks associated with your film production to the film insurance underwriter to ensure you receive the best coverage and premium for your production.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">Front Row Insurance Brokers are specialized Film Insurance Brokers. <a href=\"https://www.frontrowinsurance.com/contact-us\"><span class=\"s1\">Please contact us</span></a> if you have any questions.<br><br></p>\n<p class=\"p2\"><span style=\"font-size: 14px;\"><i>Guest post written by </i><span class=\"s1\"><i>Lisa Gheysen</i></span><i>, Copywriter, on behalf of </i><a href=\"https://portable-electric.com/\"><span class=\"s1\"><i>Portable Electric Ltd.</i></span></a><i></i></span></p>\n<h3 class=\"p2\"><span style=\"font-size: 14px;\">About Portable Electric:</span></h3>\n<p class=\"p2\"><span style=\"font-size: 14px;\"><i>Portable Electric (PE) is a Vancouver-based tech disruptor that builds, rents and sells the VOLTstack Power Station, revolutionizing the way critical power is delivered. They provide film productions, event organizers, construction sites, disaster zones and more, an alternative to loud, noxious gas and diesel generators.</i></span></p>\n<h3 class=\"p2\" style=\"font-size: 14px;\">RELATED POSTS:</h3>\n<ul>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/articles/the-sustainable-production-forum-sustainability-in-the-film-industry\" rel=\" noopener\">SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION FORUM</a></li>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/articles/articles/bid/111382/film-production-companies-and-camera-cars-reducing-the-risk\" rel=\" noopener\">CAMERA CARS: REDUCING THE RISK</a></li>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/articles/articles/bid/111203/film-production-companies-and-lighting-safety\" rel=\" noopener\">LIGHTING SAFETY</a></li>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/articles/articles/bid/111696/film-production-insurance-smoke-and-fog-safety-on-the-film-set\" rel=\" noopener\">SMOKE &amp; FOG SAFETY ON SET</a></li>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/articles/on-set-headsets-walkie-talkie-headsets-and-earpieces-for-filmmaking\" rel=\"noopener\">WALKIE-TALKIE HEADSETS AND EARPIECES FOR FILMMAKING</a></li>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/en/film-insurance-101\" rel=\" noopener\">FREE EBOOK! FILM INSURANCE 101: HOW TO PROTECT YOUR FILM PROJECT</a></li>\n</ul></span>","postBodyRss":"<script type=\"application/ld+json\">\n{\n \"@context\" : \"http://schema.org\",\n \"@type\" : \"Article\",\n \"author\" : \"Grant Patten\",\n \"publisher\" : \"Front Row Insurance\",\n \"name\" : \"SUSTAINABLE SETS & GREEN FILMMAKING – THE FUTURE OF POWER IN FILM\",\n \"headline\" : \"SUSTAINABLE SETS & GREEN FILMMAKING – THE FUTURE OF POWER IN FILM\",\n \"datePublished\" : \"2020-04-06T9:03:00\",\n \"image\" : \"https://www.frontrowinsurance.com/hs-fs/hubfs/blog-image-uploads/generator-power-film-set-forweb600.jpg?width=600&name=generator-power-film-set-forweb600.jpg\"\n}\n</script><p class=\"p1\" style=\"text-align: right;\"><em><span style=\"font-size: 14px;\"><strong>Source</strong>: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 657678478 (Shutterstock)</span></em></p>\n<!--more-->\n<h2 class=\"p1\">Traditional generators for film production – the issues involved</h2>\n<p class=\"p2\">Powering a film production is an expensive business. Your typical power set-up is a centralized grid, involving at least one or two 400A diesel generators. That number can rapidly rise to 20 on large, high-draw productions. This ‘overpowering’ of film sets has been the status quo for decades.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">“<i>Diesel generators have made us pretty lazy with our math - we basically just add up the lights we have and supply enough power to turn them all on at once, all day long, with lots left over for heating up all the snacks” <br></i><i>– </i>Kerri Coombs, Vancouver Gaffer</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">A single generator emits a noise level of 73 decibels – louder than a standard vacuum cleaner – and 2.6 kg of CO<sub>2</sub> per litre of diesel burned. As a result, they must be placed far enough from set to avoid being picked up by sound or damaging air quality and the health of the crew. This practice has a number of challenges.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">Rigging crews spend days setting up hundreds of feet of three-phase seaway cable or 4/0 heavy gauge cable to transmit power to set, as well as mats to ensure traffic can pass over the cabling without damage. Due to the distances involved, this can lead to line loss and restricts set design to specific locations that allow access. Productions using generators must also procure costly permits and hire generator operators to bring in and monitor the units during shooting.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">What’s more, even before the generator operators (a.k.a. Genny Ops) roll in the 400A generators to energize the grid, the pre-production crew often must use loud, noxious 6k and 2k gas generators for power until the diesel power grid is energized. All of this – the noise, the harmful fumes, the cabling and disruption – is in large part responsible for the growing friction between film crews and the residents of the world’s most famous film cities. This is leading to some neighbourhoods refusing permits for film crews to work there at all.</p>\n<h2 class=\"p1\">Powering the film industry’s grid with decentralized clean technology / Portable Electric / electric generators</h2>\n<p class=\"p2\">Decentralization of the power grid is a growing trend within the film industry. Leading professionals, such as <a href=\"https://britishcinematographer.co.uk/green-voltage/\"><span class=\"s1\">David Sinfield</span></a> and his team – known for their work on <i>No Time To Die</i>, <i>Wonder Woman</i> and <i>Venom 2</i> – have already moved to a hybrid model. This involves using a reduced number of 400A diesel generators to deliver overall set power, while bringing in <span style=\"font-weight: bold;\">clean battery electric generators</span> for peripheral power loads and confined or restrictive locations.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">As a result, teams around the world are achieving creative visions that would otherwise be prohibitively expensive or actually impossible. A recent example was found when a crew used <a href=\"https://portable-electric.com/\" rel=\" noopener\">Portable Electric’s <span class=\"s1\">VOLTstack</span></a> 2k and 5k electric generators to create a 360° IMAX shot. Due to their emissions-free and silent nature, these units could be placed directly beside the Technocrane holding the camera. The production, in turn, saved the unnecessary double expense of laying out hundreds of feet of cable, only to paint it all out in the editor’s suite.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">Some pioneering productions are going one step further by completely decentralizing their grids. A Vancouver-based indie production, <i>The Victim</i>, used only VOLTstack electric generators to park power wherever they needed it for everything from their video village and catering, to balloon lights and HMI lamps during a day and night shoot.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">“<i>I had no problem convincing the producers this was a great idea. As far as producers are concerned, no cable, no noise, and instant power on demand is like a dream come true</i>” <br>– Kerri Coombs, gaffer on <i>The Victim</i></p>\n<p class=\"p2\">This simply required a shift in their approach to energy budgeting. “<i>The industry regularly uses 18,000 watt lights for night shooting, which is why most of the night scenes you see nowadays look weird and unnatural, with blue light where all the darkness should be</i>,” explains Kerri.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">Instead, they swapped conventional fixtures with LED Skypanels, a staple lighting solution that uses a fifth of the power while achieving the same effect as conventional fixtures. Consequently, not only did decentralizing their grid create huge cost savings on cabling, mats, fuel and production manpower, it also ensured they achieved a powerful creative vision.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">“<i>The lighting looked great - we didn’t have to sacrifice production value to scale down our power needs. There were a lot of high fives.</i>”</p>\n<h2 class=\"p1\">Generators for film production / electric generators – risk management &amp; insurance </h2>\n<p class=\"p2\">Whether you’re using a diesel or electric generator, there can be certain risks that come along with generator use on set. A <strong>specialized film insurance broker</strong> is best able to present the risks associated with your film production to the film insurance underwriter to ensure you receive the best coverage and premium for your production.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">Front Row Insurance Brokers are specialized Film Insurance Brokers. <a href=\"https://www.frontrowinsurance.com/contact-us\"><span class=\"s1\">Please contact us</span></a> if you have any questions.<br><br></p>\n<p class=\"p2\"><span style=\"font-size: 14px;\"><i>Guest post written by </i><span class=\"s1\"><i>Lisa Gheysen</i></span><i>, Copywriter, on behalf of </i><a href=\"https://portable-electric.com/\"><span class=\"s1\"><i>Portable Electric Ltd.</i></span></a><i></i></span></p>\n<h3 class=\"p2\"><span style=\"font-size: 14px;\">About Portable Electric:</span></h3>\n<p class=\"p2\"><span style=\"font-size: 14px;\"><i>Portable Electric (PE) is a Vancouver-based tech disruptor that builds, rents and sells the VOLTstack Power Station, revolutionizing the way critical power is delivered. They provide film productions, event organizers, construction sites, disaster zones and more, an alternative to loud, noxious gas and diesel generators.</i></span></p>\n<h3 class=\"p2\" style=\"font-size: 14px;\">RELATED POSTS:</h3>\n<ul>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/articles/the-sustainable-production-forum-sustainability-in-the-film-industry\" rel=\" noopener\">SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION FORUM</a></li>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/articles/articles/bid/111382/film-production-companies-and-camera-cars-reducing-the-risk\" rel=\" noopener\">CAMERA CARS: REDUCING THE RISK</a></li>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/articles/articles/bid/111203/film-production-companies-and-lighting-safety\" rel=\" noopener\">LIGHTING SAFETY</a></li>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/articles/articles/bid/111696/film-production-insurance-smoke-and-fog-safety-on-the-film-set\" rel=\" noopener\">SMOKE &amp; FOG SAFETY ON SET</a></li>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/articles/on-set-headsets-walkie-talkie-headsets-and-earpieces-for-filmmaking\" rel=\"noopener\">WALKIE-TALKIE HEADSETS AND EARPIECES FOR FILMMAKING</a></li>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/en/film-insurance-101\" rel=\" noopener\">FREE EBOOK! FILM INSURANCE 101: HOW TO PROTECT YOUR FILM PROJECT</a></li>\n</ul>","postEmailContent":"<p class=\"p1\" style=\"text-align: right;\"><em><span style=\"font-size: 14px;\"><strong>Source</strong>: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 657678478 (Shutterstock)</span></em></p>","postFeaturedImageIfEnabled":"https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/61352/blog-image-uploads/generator-shutterstock_657678478-300forweb.jpg","postListContent":"<span id=\"hs_cos_wrapper_post_body\" class=\"hs_cos_wrapper hs_cos_wrapper_meta_field hs_cos_wrapper_type_rich_text\" style=\"\" data-hs-cos-general-type=\"meta_field\" data-hs-cos-type=\"rich_text\" ><script type=\"application/ld+json\">\n{\n \"@context\" : \"http://schema.org\",\n \"@type\" : \"Article\",\n \"author\" : \"Grant Patten\",\n \"publisher\" : \"Front Row Insurance\",\n \"name\" : \"SUSTAINABLE SETS & GREEN FILMMAKING – THE FUTURE OF POWER IN FILM\",\n \"headline\" : \"SUSTAINABLE SETS & GREEN FILMMAKING – THE FUTURE OF POWER IN FILM\",\n \"datePublished\" : \"2020-04-06T9:03:00\",\n \"image\" : \"https://www.frontrowinsurance.com/hs-fs/hubfs/blog-image-uploads/generator-power-film-set-forweb600.jpg?width=600&name=generator-power-film-set-forweb600.jpg\"\n}\n</script><p class=\"p1\" style=\"text-align: right;\"><em><span style=\"font-size: 14px;\"><strong>Source</strong>: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 657678478 (Shutterstock)</span></em></p>\n<!--more-->\n<h2 class=\"p1\">Traditional generators for film production – the issues involved</h2>\n<p class=\"p2\">Powering a film production is an expensive business. Your typical power set-up is a centralized grid, involving at least one or two 400A diesel generators. That number can rapidly rise to 20 on large, high-draw productions. This ‘overpowering’ of film sets has been the status quo for decades.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">“<i>Diesel generators have made us pretty lazy with our math - we basically just add up the lights we have and supply enough power to turn them all on at once, all day long, with lots left over for heating up all the snacks” <br></i><i>– </i>Kerri Coombs, Vancouver Gaffer</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">A single generator emits a noise level of 73 decibels – louder than a standard vacuum cleaner – and 2.6 kg of CO<sub>2</sub> per litre of diesel burned. As a result, they must be placed far enough from set to avoid being picked up by sound or damaging air quality and the health of the crew. This practice has a number of challenges.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">Rigging crews spend days setting up hundreds of feet of three-phase seaway cable or 4/0 heavy gauge cable to transmit power to set, as well as mats to ensure traffic can pass over the cabling without damage. Due to the distances involved, this can lead to line loss and restricts set design to specific locations that allow access. Productions using generators must also procure costly permits and hire generator operators to bring in and monitor the units during shooting.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">What’s more, even before the generator operators (a.k.a. Genny Ops) roll in the 400A generators to energize the grid, the pre-production crew often must use loud, noxious 6k and 2k gas generators for power until the diesel power grid is energized. All of this – the noise, the harmful fumes, the cabling and disruption – is in large part responsible for the growing friction between film crews and the residents of the world’s most famous film cities. This is leading to some neighbourhoods refusing permits for film crews to work there at all.</p>\n<h2 class=\"p1\">Powering the film industry’s grid with decentralized clean technology / Portable Electric / electric generators</h2>\n<p class=\"p2\">Decentralization of the power grid is a growing trend within the film industry. Leading professionals, such as <a href=\"https://britishcinematographer.co.uk/green-voltage/\"><span class=\"s1\">David Sinfield</span></a> and his team – known for their work on <i>No Time To Die</i>, <i>Wonder Woman</i> and <i>Venom 2</i> – have already moved to a hybrid model. This involves using a reduced number of 400A diesel generators to deliver overall set power, while bringing in <span style=\"font-weight: bold;\">clean battery electric generators</span> for peripheral power loads and confined or restrictive locations.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">As a result, teams around the world are achieving creative visions that would otherwise be prohibitively expensive or actually impossible. A recent example was found when a crew used <a href=\"https://portable-electric.com/\" rel=\" noopener\">Portable Electric’s <span class=\"s1\">VOLTstack</span></a> 2k and 5k electric generators to create a 360° IMAX shot. Due to their emissions-free and silent nature, these units could be placed directly beside the Technocrane holding the camera. The production, in turn, saved the unnecessary double expense of laying out hundreds of feet of cable, only to paint it all out in the editor’s suite.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">Some pioneering productions are going one step further by completely decentralizing their grids. A Vancouver-based indie production, <i>The Victim</i>, used only VOLTstack electric generators to park power wherever they needed it for everything from their video village and catering, to balloon lights and HMI lamps during a day and night shoot.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">“<i>I had no problem convincing the producers this was a great idea. As far as producers are concerned, no cable, no noise, and instant power on demand is like a dream come true</i>” <br>– Kerri Coombs, gaffer on <i>The Victim</i></p>\n<p class=\"p2\">This simply required a shift in their approach to energy budgeting. “<i>The industry regularly uses 18,000 watt lights for night shooting, which is why most of the night scenes you see nowadays look weird and unnatural, with blue light where all the darkness should be</i>,” explains Kerri.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">Instead, they swapped conventional fixtures with LED Skypanels, a staple lighting solution that uses a fifth of the power while achieving the same effect as conventional fixtures. Consequently, not only did decentralizing their grid create huge cost savings on cabling, mats, fuel and production manpower, it also ensured they achieved a powerful creative vision.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">“<i>The lighting looked great - we didn’t have to sacrifice production value to scale down our power needs. There were a lot of high fives.</i>”</p>\n<h2 class=\"p1\">Generators for film production / electric generators – risk management &amp; insurance </h2>\n<p class=\"p2\">Whether you’re using a diesel or electric generator, there can be certain risks that come along with generator use on set. A <strong>specialized film insurance broker</strong> is best able to present the risks associated with your film production to the film insurance underwriter to ensure you receive the best coverage and premium for your production.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">Front Row Insurance Brokers are specialized Film Insurance Brokers. <a href=\"https://www.frontrowinsurance.com/contact-us\"><span class=\"s1\">Please contact us</span></a> if you have any questions.<br><br></p>\n<p class=\"p2\"><span style=\"font-size: 14px;\"><i>Guest post written by </i><span class=\"s1\"><i>Lisa Gheysen</i></span><i>, Copywriter, on behalf of </i><a href=\"https://portable-electric.com/\"><span class=\"s1\"><i>Portable Electric Ltd.</i></span></a><i></i></span></p>\n<h3 class=\"p2\"><span style=\"font-size: 14px;\">About Portable Electric:</span></h3>\n<p class=\"p2\"><span style=\"font-size: 14px;\"><i>Portable Electric (PE) is a Vancouver-based tech disruptor that builds, rents and sells the VOLTstack Power Station, revolutionizing the way critical power is delivered. They provide film productions, event organizers, construction sites, disaster zones and more, an alternative to loud, noxious gas and diesel generators.</i></span></p>\n<h3 class=\"p2\" style=\"font-size: 14px;\">RELATED POSTS:</h3>\n<ul>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/articles/the-sustainable-production-forum-sustainability-in-the-film-industry\" rel=\" noopener\">SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION FORUM</a></li>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/articles/articles/bid/111382/film-production-companies-and-camera-cars-reducing-the-risk\" rel=\" noopener\">CAMERA CARS: REDUCING THE RISK</a></li>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/articles/articles/bid/111203/film-production-companies-and-lighting-safety\" rel=\" noopener\">LIGHTING SAFETY</a></li>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/articles/articles/bid/111696/film-production-insurance-smoke-and-fog-safety-on-the-film-set\" rel=\" noopener\">SMOKE &amp; FOG SAFETY ON SET</a></li>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/articles/on-set-headsets-walkie-talkie-headsets-and-earpieces-for-filmmaking\" rel=\"noopener\">WALKIE-TALKIE HEADSETS AND EARPIECES FOR FILMMAKING</a></li>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/en/film-insurance-101\" rel=\" noopener\">FREE EBOOK! FILM INSURANCE 101: HOW TO PROTECT YOUR FILM PROJECT</a></li>\n</ul></span>","postListSummaryFeaturedImage":"","postRssContent":"<p class=\"p1\" style=\"text-align: right;\"><em><span style=\"font-size: 14px;\"><strong>Source</strong>: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 657678478 (Shutterstock)</span></em></p>","postRssSummaryFeaturedImage":"https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/61352/blog-image-uploads/generator-shutterstock_657678478-300forweb.jpg","postSummary":"<p class=\"p1\" style=\"text-align: right;\"><em><span style=\"font-size: 14px;\"><strong>Source</strong>: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 657678478 (Shutterstock)</span></em></p>\n","postSummaryRss":"<p class=\"p1\" style=\"text-align: right;\"><em><span style=\"font-size: 14px;\"><strong>Source</strong>: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 657678478 (Shutterstock)</span></em></p>","postTemplate":"prox_frontrow/templates/blog/blog-post.html","previewImageSrc":null,"previewKey":"seqLSKhn","previousPostFeaturedImage":"https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/61352/blog-image-uploads/best%20camera%20for%20filmmaking/best-camera-filmmaking-forweb300.jpg","previousPostFeaturedImageAltText":"The Best Budget Cameras for Filmmaking","previousPostName":"The Best Budget Cameras for Filmmaking in 2022","previousPostSlug":"articles/the-best-cameras-for-filmmaking","processingStatus":"PUBLISHED","propertyForDynamicPageCanonicalUrl":null,"propertyForDynamicPageFeaturedImage":null,"propertyForDynamicPageMetaDescription":null,"propertyForDynamicPageSlug":null,"propertyForDynamicPageTitle":null,"publicAccessRules":[],"publicAccessRulesEnabled":false,"publishDate":1586188999000,"publishDateLocalTime":1586188999000,"publishDateLocalized":{"date":1586188999000,"format":"medium","language":"en_US"},"publishImmediately":true,"publishTimezoneOffset":null,"publishedAt":1649448556096,"publishedByEmail":null,"publishedById":7915797,"publishedByName":null,"publishedUrl":"https://www.frontrowinsurance.com/articles/sustainable-sets-green-filmmaking-electric-generators","resolvedDomain":"www.frontrowinsurance.com","resolvedLanguage":"en","rssBody":"<script type=\"application/ld+json\">\n{\n \"@context\" : \"http://schema.org\",\n \"@type\" : \"Article\",\n \"author\" : \"Grant Patten\",\n \"publisher\" : \"Front Row Insurance\",\n \"name\" : \"SUSTAINABLE SETS & GREEN FILMMAKING – THE FUTURE OF POWER IN FILM\",\n \"headline\" : \"SUSTAINABLE SETS & GREEN FILMMAKING – THE FUTURE OF POWER IN FILM\",\n \"datePublished\" : \"2020-04-06T9:03:00\",\n \"image\" : \"https://www.frontrowinsurance.com/hs-fs/hubfs/blog-image-uploads/generator-power-film-set-forweb600.jpg?width=600&name=generator-power-film-set-forweb600.jpg\"\n}\n</script><p class=\"p1\" style=\"text-align: right;\"><em><span style=\"font-size: 14px;\"><strong>Source</strong>: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 657678478 (Shutterstock)</span></em></p>\n<!--more-->\n<h2 class=\"p1\">Traditional generators for film production – the issues involved</h2>\n<p class=\"p2\">Powering a film production is an expensive business. Your typical power set-up is a centralized grid, involving at least one or two 400A diesel generators. That number can rapidly rise to 20 on large, high-draw productions. This ‘overpowering’ of film sets has been the status quo for decades.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">“<i>Diesel generators have made us pretty lazy with our math - we basically just add up the lights we have and supply enough power to turn them all on at once, all day long, with lots left over for heating up all the snacks” <br></i><i>– </i>Kerri Coombs, Vancouver Gaffer</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">A single generator emits a noise level of 73 decibels – louder than a standard vacuum cleaner – and 2.6 kg of CO<sub>2</sub> per litre of diesel burned. As a result, they must be placed far enough from set to avoid being picked up by sound or damaging air quality and the health of the crew. This practice has a number of challenges.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">Rigging crews spend days setting up hundreds of feet of three-phase seaway cable or 4/0 heavy gauge cable to transmit power to set, as well as mats to ensure traffic can pass over the cabling without damage. Due to the distances involved, this can lead to line loss and restricts set design to specific locations that allow access. Productions using generators must also procure costly permits and hire generator operators to bring in and monitor the units during shooting.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">What’s more, even before the generator operators (a.k.a. Genny Ops) roll in the 400A generators to energize the grid, the pre-production crew often must use loud, noxious 6k and 2k gas generators for power until the diesel power grid is energized. All of this – the noise, the harmful fumes, the cabling and disruption – is in large part responsible for the growing friction between film crews and the residents of the world’s most famous film cities. This is leading to some neighbourhoods refusing permits for film crews to work there at all.</p>\n<h2 class=\"p1\">Powering the film industry’s grid with decentralized clean technology / Portable Electric / electric generators</h2>\n<p class=\"p2\">Decentralization of the power grid is a growing trend within the film industry. Leading professionals, such as <a href=\"https://britishcinematographer.co.uk/green-voltage/\"><span class=\"s1\">David Sinfield</span></a> and his team – known for their work on <i>No Time To Die</i>, <i>Wonder Woman</i> and <i>Venom 2</i> – have already moved to a hybrid model. This involves using a reduced number of 400A diesel generators to deliver overall set power, while bringing in <span style=\"font-weight: bold;\">clean battery electric generators</span> for peripheral power loads and confined or restrictive locations.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">As a result, teams around the world are achieving creative visions that would otherwise be prohibitively expensive or actually impossible. A recent example was found when a crew used <a href=\"https://portable-electric.com/\" rel=\" noopener\">Portable Electric’s <span class=\"s1\">VOLTstack</span></a> 2k and 5k electric generators to create a 360° IMAX shot. Due to their emissions-free and silent nature, these units could be placed directly beside the Technocrane holding the camera. The production, in turn, saved the unnecessary double expense of laying out hundreds of feet of cable, only to paint it all out in the editor’s suite.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">Some pioneering productions are going one step further by completely decentralizing their grids. A Vancouver-based indie production, <i>The Victim</i>, used only VOLTstack electric generators to park power wherever they needed it for everything from their video village and catering, to balloon lights and HMI lamps during a day and night shoot.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">“<i>I had no problem convincing the producers this was a great idea. As far as producers are concerned, no cable, no noise, and instant power on demand is like a dream come true</i>” <br>– Kerri Coombs, gaffer on <i>The Victim</i></p>\n<p class=\"p2\">This simply required a shift in their approach to energy budgeting. “<i>The industry regularly uses 18,000 watt lights for night shooting, which is why most of the night scenes you see nowadays look weird and unnatural, with blue light where all the darkness should be</i>,” explains Kerri.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">Instead, they swapped conventional fixtures with LED Skypanels, a staple lighting solution that uses a fifth of the power while achieving the same effect as conventional fixtures. Consequently, not only did decentralizing their grid create huge cost savings on cabling, mats, fuel and production manpower, it also ensured they achieved a powerful creative vision.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">“<i>The lighting looked great - we didn’t have to sacrifice production value to scale down our power needs. There were a lot of high fives.</i>”</p>\n<h2 class=\"p1\">Generators for film production / electric generators – risk management &amp; insurance </h2>\n<p class=\"p2\">Whether you’re using a diesel or electric generator, there can be certain risks that come along with generator use on set. A <strong>specialized film insurance broker</strong> is best able to present the risks associated with your film production to the film insurance underwriter to ensure you receive the best coverage and premium for your production.</p>\n<p class=\"p2\">Front Row Insurance Brokers are specialized Film Insurance Brokers. <a href=\"https://www.frontrowinsurance.com/contact-us\"><span class=\"s1\">Please contact us</span></a> if you have any questions.<br><br></p>\n<p class=\"p2\"><span style=\"font-size: 14px;\"><i>Guest post written by </i><span class=\"s1\"><i>Lisa Gheysen</i></span><i>, Copywriter, on behalf of </i><a href=\"https://portable-electric.com/\"><span class=\"s1\"><i>Portable Electric Ltd.</i></span></a><i></i></span></p>\n<h3 class=\"p2\"><span style=\"font-size: 14px;\">About Portable Electric:</span></h3>\n<p class=\"p2\"><span style=\"font-size: 14px;\"><i>Portable Electric (PE) is a Vancouver-based tech disruptor that builds, rents and sells the VOLTstack Power Station, revolutionizing the way critical power is delivered. They provide film productions, event organizers, construction sites, disaster zones and more, an alternative to loud, noxious gas and diesel generators.</i></span></p>\n<h3 class=\"p2\" style=\"font-size: 14px;\">RELATED POSTS:</h3>\n<ul>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/articles/the-sustainable-production-forum-sustainability-in-the-film-industry\" rel=\" noopener\">SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION FORUM</a></li>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/articles/articles/bid/111382/film-production-companies-and-camera-cars-reducing-the-risk\" rel=\" noopener\">CAMERA CARS: REDUCING THE RISK</a></li>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/articles/articles/bid/111203/film-production-companies-and-lighting-safety\" rel=\" noopener\">LIGHTING SAFETY</a></li>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/articles/articles/bid/111696/film-production-insurance-smoke-and-fog-safety-on-the-film-set\" rel=\" noopener\">SMOKE &amp; FOG SAFETY ON SET</a></li>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/articles/on-set-headsets-walkie-talkie-headsets-and-earpieces-for-filmmaking\" rel=\"noopener\">WALKIE-TALKIE HEADSETS AND EARPIECES FOR FILMMAKING</a></li>\n<li class=\"p2\"><a href=\"/en/film-insurance-101\" rel=\" noopener\">FREE EBOOK! FILM INSURANCE 101: HOW TO PROTECT YOUR FILM PROJECT</a></li>\n</ul>","rssSummary":"<p class=\"p1\" style=\"text-align: right;\"><em><span style=\"font-size: 14px;\"><strong>Source</strong>: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 657678478 (Shutterstock)</span></em></p>\n","rssSummaryFeaturedImage":"https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/61352/blog-image-uploads/generator-shutterstock_657678478-300forweb.jpg","scheduledUpdateDate":0,"screenshotPreviewTakenAt":1649448556297,"screenshotPreviewUrl":"https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubshot/22/04/08/6819de19-6b83-487e-923e-a896b20f3ac1.png","sections":{},"securityState":"NONE","siteId":null,"slug":"articles/sustainable-sets-green-filmmaking-electric-generators","stagedFrom":null,"state":"PUBLISHED","stateWhenDeleted":null,"styleOverrideId":null,"subcategory":"normal_blog_post","syncedWithBlogRoot":true,"tagIds":[949708814,26688116507],"tagList":[{"categoryId":0,"cdnPurgeEmbargoTime":null,"contentIds":[],"cosObjectType":"TAG","created":1401901719000,"deletedAt":0,"description":"","id":949708814,"label":"Film insurance broker","language":"en","name":"Film insurance broker","portalId":61352,"slug":"film-insurance-broker","translatedFromId":null,"translations":{},"updated":1649863451156},{"categoryId":3,"cdnPurgeEmbargoTime":null,"contentIds":[],"cosObjectType":"TAG","created":1583357206454,"deletedAt":0,"description":"","id":26688116507,"label":"Sustainability","language":null,"name":"Sustainability","portalId":61352,"slug":"sustainability","translatedFromId":null,"translations":{},"updated":1632924563882}],"tagNames":["Film insurance broker","Sustainability"],"teamPerms":[],"templatePath":"","templatePathForRender":"prox_frontrow/templates/blog/blog-post.html","themePath":null,"themeSettingsValues":null,"title":"Sustainable Sets & Green Filmmaking – The Future of Power in Film","tmsId":null,"topicIds":[949708814,26688116507],"topicList":[{"categoryId":0,"cdnPurgeEmbargoTime":null,"contentIds":[],"cosObjectType":"TAG","created":1401901719000,"deletedAt":0,"description":"","id":949708814,"label":"Film insurance broker","language":"en","name":"Film insurance broker","portalId":61352,"slug":"film-insurance-broker","translatedFromId":null,"translations":{},"updated":1649863451156},{"categoryId":3,"cdnPurgeEmbargoTime":null,"contentIds":[],"cosObjectType":"TAG","created":1583357206454,"deletedAt":0,"description":"","id":26688116507,"label":"Sustainability","language":null,"name":"Sustainability","portalId":61352,"slug":"sustainability","translatedFromId":null,"translations":{},"updated":1632924563882}],"topicNames":["Film insurance broker","Sustainability"],"topics":[949708814,26688116507],"translatedContent":{},"translatedFromId":null,"translations":{},"tweet":null,"tweetAt":null,"tweetImmediately":false,"unpublishedAt":0,"updated":1649448556103,"updatedById":7915797,"upsizeFeaturedImage":false,"url":"https://www.frontrowinsurance.com/articles/sustainable-sets-green-filmmaking-electric-generators","useFeaturedImage":true,"userPerms":[],"views":0,"visibleToAll":null,"widgetContainers":{},"widgetcontainers":{},"widgets":{"module_156398965931111":{"body":{"definition_id":null,"module_id":8696351,"path":"/Marketplace/HubSpot/Team_Member/Team Member","per_widget_wrapper_html":"","smart_objects":null,"smart_type":"NOT_SMART","tag":"module","type":"module","widget_name":"Team Member","wrapping_html":""},"child_css":{},"css":{},"deleted_at":1649448543041,"id":"module_156398965931111","label":"Team Member","module_id":8696351,"name":"module_156398965931111","order":9,"smart_type":null,"styles":{},"type":"module"}}}

Sustainable Sets & Green Filmmaking – The Future of Power in Film

Sustainable Sets & Green Filmmaking – The Future of Power in Film

Source: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 657678478 (Shutterstock)

Traditional generators for film production – the issues involved

Powering a film production is an expensive business. Your typical power set-up is a centralized grid, involving at least one or two 400A diesel generators. That number can rapidly rise to 20 on large, high-draw productions. This ‘overpowering’ of film sets has been the status quo for decades.

Diesel generators have made us pretty lazy with our math - we basically just add up the lights we have and supply enough power to turn them all on at once, all day long, with lots left over for heating up all the snacks”
Kerri Coombs, Vancouver Gaffer

A single generator emits a noise level of 73 decibels – louder than a standard vacuum cleaner – and 2.6 kg of CO2 per litre of diesel burned. As a result, they must be placed far enough from set to avoid being picked up by sound or damaging air quality and the health of the crew. This practice has a number of challenges.

Rigging crews spend days setting up hundreds of feet of three-phase seaway cable or 4/0 heavy gauge cable to transmit power to set, as well as mats to ensure traffic can pass over the cabling without damage. Due to the distances involved, this can lead to line loss and restricts set design to specific locations that allow access. Productions using generators must also procure costly permits and hire generator operators to bring in and monitor the units during shooting.

What’s more, even before the generator operators (a.k.a. Genny Ops) roll in the 400A generators to energize the grid, the pre-production crew often must use loud, noxious 6k and 2k gas generators for power until the diesel power grid is energized. All of this – the noise, the harmful fumes, the cabling and disruption – is in large part responsible for the growing friction between film crews and the residents of the world’s most famous film cities. This is leading to some neighbourhoods refusing permits for film crews to work there at all.

Powering the film industry’s grid with decentralized clean technology / Portable Electric / electric generators

Decentralization of the power grid is a growing trend within the film industry. Leading professionals, such as David Sinfield and his team – known for their work on No Time To Die, Wonder Woman and Venom 2 – have already moved to a hybrid model. This involves using a reduced number of 400A diesel generators to deliver overall set power, while bringing in clean battery electric generators for peripheral power loads and confined or restrictive locations.

As a result, teams around the world are achieving creative visions that would otherwise be prohibitively expensive or actually impossible. A recent example was found when a crew used Portable Electric’s VOLTstack 2k and 5k electric generators to create a 360° IMAX shot. Due to their emissions-free and silent nature, these units could be placed directly beside the Technocrane holding the camera. The production, in turn, saved the unnecessary double expense of laying out hundreds of feet of cable, only to paint it all out in the editor’s suite.

Some pioneering productions are going one step further by completely decentralizing their grids. A Vancouver-based indie production, The Victim, used only VOLTstack electric generators to park power wherever they needed it for everything from their video village and catering, to balloon lights and HMI lamps during a day and night shoot.

I had no problem convincing the producers this was a great idea. As far as producers are concerned, no cable, no noise, and instant power on demand is like a dream come true
– Kerri Coombs, gaffer on The Victim

This simply required a shift in their approach to energy budgeting. “The industry regularly uses 18,000 watt lights for night shooting, which is why most of the night scenes you see nowadays look weird and unnatural, with blue light where all the darkness should be,” explains Kerri.

Instead, they swapped conventional fixtures with LED Skypanels, a staple lighting solution that uses a fifth of the power while achieving the same effect as conventional fixtures. Consequently, not only did decentralizing their grid create huge cost savings on cabling, mats, fuel and production manpower, it also ensured they achieved a powerful creative vision.

The lighting looked great - we didn’t have to sacrifice production value to scale down our power needs. There were a lot of high fives.

Generators for film production / electric generators – risk management & insurance

Whether you’re using a diesel or electric generator, there can be certain risks that come along with generator use on set. A specialized film insurance broker is best able to present the risks associated with your film production to the film insurance underwriter to ensure you receive the best coverage and premium for your production.

Front Row Insurance Brokers are specialized Film Insurance Brokers. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Guest post written by Lisa Gheysen, Copywriter, on behalf of Portable Electric Ltd.

About Portable Electric:

Portable Electric (PE) is a Vancouver-based tech disruptor that builds, rents and sells the VOLTstack Power Station, revolutionizing the way critical power is delivered. They provide film productions, event organizers, construction sites, disaster zones and more, an alternative to loud, noxious gas and diesel generators.

RELATED POSTS:

Submit a comment