Octopus Films is a sustainable video production company
Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do, and an agenda point at every meeting.
We regularly take guidance from ALBERT, a BAFTA affiliated organisation dedicated to promoting sustainability and reducing environmental impact within the film industry, to ensure we are doing everything we can to reduce our carbon footprint.
We’re proud to have produced films for organisations such as CamZero, Cambridge University’s response to the climate crisis, which has inspired us further to review and improve our environmental practices.
We encourage a culture of environmental awareness at Octopus, as well as formally training our staff through ALBERT’s sustainable training schemes.
Incorporating sustainability into our production process
The team considers our environmental impact from the early stages of planning any project and we incorporate our environmental policies into every area of pre-production. We source our suppliers - from studio hire to kit purchases - from the ALBERT sustainable supplier list wherever possible to ensure they meet rigorous criteria for sustainability.
We find that seemingly small actions really mount up when reducing our carbon footprint. We use local crew and vehicle share whenever possible, we use LED lights and we have phased out single-use batteries. When possible we record voiceovers on location during filming, removing the need for unnecessary travel to a recording studio later.
Finally, we offset the unavoidable elements of our carbon footprint through donating to Ecologi, a reforestation and sustainability company. We subscribe to their 'Climate Positive Workforce' program that funds climate change solutions based on our carbon footprint.
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Octopus provided structure, guidance and fresh ideas to all our team and totally embraced the opportunities of our film project. Their foundations in sustainable film production also aligned so well to the ethos of our film.
Head of Policy Programmes and Communications, University of Bath