On Monday 5th June 2017, Toby Meredith, Media Production Centre Manager within the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, attended a BAFTA run workshop in Sustainability in Film and Television Education. The workshop was attended by several members of higher education institutions, the NUS and Learning on Screen.
BAFTA is committed to reducing the environmental impact of the film and television industry. They have developed a sustainability department called albert. The aim of albert is to educate industry colleagues and provide them with the necessary expertise and opportunities to reduce the carbon footprint of the production process. They also aim to create opportunities for audiences to engage with the climate agenda. albert is led by a consortium of 14 of the UK’s largest production companies and broadcasters featuring: BBC, Sky, Warner Bros. and many others.
At the workshop, it was decided that the BAFTA principles in sustainable film making needed to be applied in higher education. Following on a suggestion by Toby, BAFTA are now discussing creating an ‘albert in education’ consortium as well as an ‘albert in education’ qualification, mirroring industry practices.
The aim of the consortium and qualification is to ensure that students studying Film & Television understand the need for sustainable practices within their fields. This not only has positive environmental impact but will also improve their employability within the industry.
Toby is leading the University of Portsmouth involvement to become part of the ‘albert in education’ consortium.
“I think it’s essential that these production practices are embedded into the students learning from an early stage,” says Toby. “They’re the future film and television makers, we want to influence not only the way they work but also the way they perceive sustainability within the industry. By doing so we are all working towards a global reduction of carbon emissions which can ultimately effect climate change. It’s very exciting that CCI can be involved in this project right from the start.”
Article by Charlie Iceton