Movie Mayhem

Film and the Environment

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Aaaaand CUT!

Hi all! As the semester draws to a close, my time on this blog is also nearing its end. But before that, time for one final post! This week in class, I learnt about practical solutions to solving environmental problems, such as sustainability certifications. Hence, I thought it would be apt to introduce a notable…

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Becoming Reel Green

The film industry has become more aware of how their actions contribute to the many environmental issues in the world. As such, film production companies have started taking actions to become more environmentally-friendly by changing their film production methods. NBCUniversal NBCUniversal launched the “Green is Universal” initiative in 2007 to commit itself to more sustainable…

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Behind the Scenes (part 2)

Picking up from where we left off last week, let us explore more environmental impacts of the film industry! Waste Production Movie production is an extremely wasteful process that leads to the disposal of many reusable materials, such as used sets or costumes and leftover food from meal catering during outdoor shoots. It is estimated…

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Behind the Scenes (part 1)

Hollywood, a place of humble origins which gave rise to the large and powerful US film industry that created many famous feature films. Who would have known that this industry could cause damage to the environment? From this week on, my blog will be taking a turn in its focus. Instead of environmental films, we…

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Opinions on Environmental Films

Hi everyone! For the past few weeks, I have been sharing about different environmental films that have been impactful to their viewers. However, I realised that there has not been much analysis done to show how these films were able to invoke such reactions, specifically the traits they should possess to aid their cause of…

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Environmental Themes in “WALL-E”

After reading Letitia’s blog post about the lack of environmental education for Singaporean schools, I thought about how films can be used to educate children about environmental issues. The youth have a significant part to play in the protection of our Earth. By contributing since young, they can help to change the outcome of the…

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Udderly Shocking

Global warming. Deforestation. Water depletion. Species Extinction. What are their leading causes? The answer that is given by Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is ANIMAL AGRICULTURE. This was what the producers of the 2014 documentary attempted to bring to light. Cowspiracy focuses on how major environmental problems around the world can be attributed to the animal…

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“The Cove” (part 2): What Came After

Hi all! Picking up from where we left off last week, I will be focusing on the influence of “The Cove” on the public and Taiji’s dolphin hunting activities. Shortly after its premiere, “The Cove” gained worldwide recognition for its attempt at exposing the dolphin hunting culture in Taiji, Japan, raising much awareness. International viewers…

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“The Cove” (part 1): A Personal Review

The 2009 Oscar-winning film “The Cove” is considered to be one of the best environmental films ever made. It is a documentary about the dolphin hunting culture in Taiji, Japan. The film follows a team of marine activists in exposing this culture to the world. It highlights two main issues, the ethics of the captivity…

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Lights, Camera, Action!

Hello world! My name is Wei Qiang and I am a Year 1 Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) student from NUS. Welcome to my blog about Film and the Environment! It will examine how films can influence the masses to be more environmentally conscious and how their production can have an impact on the environment….

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