Making production decisions
We were working with a tight budget and so in order to create a world that really felt and looked like Father Christmas’ home but is also cost-effective, we decided to film in Lithuania. With this in mind we reduced the number of crew flying out and prioritised local shooting crew.
Having outlined a sustainability policy that detailed how each department could reduce their carbon footprint, we were able to ensure the materials purchased were as sustainable as possible. For example, the art department used paper-snow that could be recycled and construction used 100% FSC timber with 30% recycled from previous sets.
Filming in a studio also enabled us to have more creative control of the project whilst eliminating the need for generators. Porcelain plates and metal cutlery were used and washed in the studio, paper cups and water fountains were provided in lieu of single-use plastic water bottles. The local Lithuanian crew overall were very encouraging and enthusiastic about recycling and sustainability.