David Chameides in NY Times
Posted 19 October 2008 - 02:28 PM
Jim "1 day of trash a week is enough" Bartell
Posted 19 October 2008 - 04:52 PM
Posted 19 October 2008 - 06:08 PM
While I have not gone nearly as far as David it is good to know that I am not the only film guy bringing my own water bottle and silverware to set.
Thanks for the nod Jim. Wild ride and it just keeps getting wilder. If you head to www.365daysoftrash.com and click on the Sign up to win dave's Bag link you'll see a video fellow op Joe Borderick shot of what i carry around to set. How much stuff do we all lug on set (I think I can proabbly do without the BL3 eyepiece optics at this point no) when we could be carrying stuff that would make a difference. I've often thought that we steadi ops should ban together and say no to plastic water bottles, not to single use "disposable" items and the like. Why us? Because we get around, because we have time to shmooze most days, and because we are highly visible on set. Anyway, just a thought.
As for being the greenest op, 15 years ago i would have screamed if someone had said that (for a different reason) but now, I don't know if it's accurate, I'd wear that badge with pride. Better than "older op with a bad back and worse attitude anyway".
Posted 19 October 2008 - 07:52 PM
Posted 19 October 2008 - 07:55 PM
My wife and I aren't as green as you but we are making a big effort. We have a super efficient house with all the compact fluorescent bulbs and what not, a tankless hot water heater, tinted windows (quadruple pained hurricane proof windows as we live in Florida) which have a great 'R' value. We have so much insulation in what was our attic it's not really possible to use it for anything.
One of our cars is a Chevy Aveo rocking 38mpg on average with my wife driving (the other car is my v8, 4x4 work SUV which will be traded in soon enough on an all electric SUV if they ever release it).
We grow and eat a little over 1% of the food we eat in a year on our property. It's all organic and watered from our well or from our rain barrel system.
Our biggest green piece should finally be installed next week (after months and months of permits). It's a 5kw solar system that should provide close to 100% of our power needs. It's an on-gird system so it sends extra power back to the grid during the day and takes some of it back at night. We have wanted solar power for years but it's only recently been cost effective to do.
Now that I think about it, I'd imagine that most steadicam operators would be on the green side, it just seems to fit the m.o.
Good for you and the planet David!
Posted 19 October 2008 - 08:36 PM
Posted 20 October 2008 - 12:59 AM
great job Dave! Mike, how much will the total expense be of your new solar system (permits/instal/the system itself/etc)? With all the sun here in So Cal I've been considering the same thing.
These days you can buy outright or lease for $1000 down and about $50 a month. Will zero out most meters. We've had a 2.8 kw system installed for about 7 years and it works great.
Posted 20 October 2008 - 08:29 AM
thx for the info, very good stuff
Posted 20 October 2008 - 01:11 PM
310/ 895 6595
tell him i referred you. he's really straight forward and will evaluate what you need, if your location is suitable, and if a solar set up is cost effective for you. and for the non-l.a. ops, give him a call anyways and he'll point you in the direction of your local solar companies and help you with info. lastly, cheers to dave for all the commitment and awareness he's brought to all this!
p.s. call soon if you're serious as there is a really good price set up going on for a short time through the state. it's a limited time deal and the rates will go up soon.
Posted 20 October 2008 - 11:23 PM
Posted 21 October 2008 - 09:45 PM
Posted 31 October 2008 - 08:48 PM
I do not own a car and I live in an apartment so I cant go solar but any other ideas for city dwellers to be more GREEN would be great.