An Insiders Look at Greening Movies Thanks to 'Away We Go'

Most DVDs contain clips and extra footage highlighting funny outakes, deleted scenes and general commentary from the cast. With the release of Away We Go, the filmmakers wanted to highlight their efforts to go green throughout the production of the film, instead of just adding more jokes and outtakes. The biggest hurdle: this was a road-trip movie, which means lots of locations and lots of driving, aka lots of emissions. Yikes! Find out how they crossed this hurdle and more.Away We Go is the dramedy that looks at a young couple and their journey across America to find their perfect home. With John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph, Jeff Daniels, Allison Janney, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Catherine O'Hara and Jim Gaffigan, there were quite a few big names on this bill. Many, if not all of these actors, were actually thrilled to find out they would be working on a green film. On the recent Zombieland movie, Woody Harrelson even refused to work on the film if green practices were not implemented during filming.

The attached clip features different ways that the producers, cast and crew worked together to go green. The crew spearheading this idea were firm but receptive to the idea that this might not be easy on everyone. Some cast and crew even found the changes helpful, for example to be forced to use a slimmed down fleet of vehicles and equipment in some ways made things easier; less equipment to take care of and look out for.

Since the movie is a road-trip movie, transportation was a big issue, but solutions were easily found. Biodiesel trucks were used to move all equipment and hybrids were used to move all people around. Refillable water bottles were given to all cast and crew and water jugs were set up around set. In addition, the daily call sheets included green tips and information on emissions saved for each day. Clothing was donated to different organizations, chemicals were reduced during production and 49% of waste was kept out of landfills through recycling and composting.

This is clearly not the first movie to go green. In fact we reported back in 2006 on the movie "Sweet Land" and its carbon neutral status. American University's Film School even set up a Code of Best Practices for Sustainable Filmmaking to help others in the industry go green. Here's to hoping that more films join the bandwagon, more actors demand green sets and it gets easier all around to make green movies, whether the subject is green or not. You can find Away We Go now on or in your local rental shop.:Away We Go

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