Sustainable filmmaking is the future. Filmmaker Laura Torenbeek is leading the way on climate-friendly production practices.
In this interview, Torenbeek discusses her background in film and sustainability on set.
Sydney Bollinger: Tell me a bit about yourself and what led to your interest in sustainable filmmaking?
Laura Torenbeek: I always had an interest in storytelling and a love for animals and nature. In my late teens I decided I wanted to get into filmmaking and did my BA in Audiovisual Media. I then moved to Leeds to do my MA in directing and producing at the Northern Film School. To be honest, when I was working on my own projects at that time, I didn’t realise the amount of waste that we produced. It wasn’t until I started working at the film school and supervised student projects that I noticed how much waste was generated. I guess seeing a project from a distance makes you notice these things. That’s where my interest in sustainable filmmaking began.
SB: What does sustainability actually mean in filmmaking? How do you approach sustainability as a filmmaker?