Guru Live Cardiff, 2018

 Abi Morgan, writer of The Split, Iron Lady and Suffragette.

Abi Morgan, writer of The Split, Iron Lady and Suffragette.

We were proud to be a partner for this year's Guru Live event held in Cardiff on 28 April 2018. It was the first Guru Live event to take place in Cardiff, a sister event which will run alongside the Glasgow and London festivals. 

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The industry festival runs masterclasses, panels and Q&As focusing on film, games and TV. The day was packed with inspiring speakers covering a range of topics such as locations, writing, acting, directing, producing and much more.

We created a range of branded, bespoke items from reclaimed and recycled materials to dress some of the key areas in the event. The materials were recovered from various sets, including a new production filmed at Ealing Studios and recovered paints from an ITV production. The red carpet was reused from last years British Academy Cymru Awards, 2017. The set will be stored by Dresd and reused for any subsequent events. 

Congratulations to the BAFTA Cymru team for putting on a great festival!

Photo Credit: BAFTA Cymru / Mission Photographic

Eco-Age's GCC Earth Day Celebration

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We dressed Eco-Age's GCC Earth Day celebration last week at The Edition Hotel in London (19 April 2018). We created Earth Day inspired props from reclaimed materials and paints; which included paper, paints, boarding and an exercise ball. All materials used were reclaimed and upcycled from the TV production, Snatch, (2017 – )

In attendance were guests such as Livia Firth, poet Wilson Oryema, journalist Lucy Siegle and model and sustainability advocate Arizona Muse – who came together to celebrate and bring light to environmental issues.

We hope you all had a wonderful Earth Day  from the entire team at Dresd!

BAFTA Cymru: Apostle Q&A and Gala Dinner

We recently sponsored a BAFTA Cymru event on 2 March, 2018 which focused on the new Welsh film Apostle. The event featured the first screening of selected clips from the film and a panel discussion hosted by Jason Solomons with Michael Sheen, Elen Rhys, Gareth Evans, Ed Talfan and Matt Flannery. The event was held at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, and was followed by a fundraising Gala Dinner.

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Managing Director, Lynn McFarlane said:

“Once again BAFTA delivered a wonderful evening, highlighting and celebrating the forthcoming Welsh-based production of Apostle. We were honoured to sponsor the event and to celebrate Welsh talent. As a team, we very much enjoy our work in the country, and are thrilled that filming and production in Wales is increasing rapidly.”

We would like to extend our thanks to Hannah Raybould and her team at BAFTA Cymru for a fantastic evening. 

Photo Credit: James Gourley

The Blue Door

The Blue Door is a British horror short film directed by Paul Taylor and produced by Megan Pugh and Ben Clark. The production won Best Narrative Short Film at the Short to the Point Festival, and more recently Best Short Film at the Hollywood Just4Shorts Film and Screenplay Competition.

We were thrilled to have worked on this short, and to support the team in reducing the environmental impact across the entire production process. We focused on creating an entirely recycled set, utilising set pieces and props from previous productions and adapting as necessary so they are unique to Blue Door. This allowed the production to significantly cut carbon and waste. 

Producers Megan Pugh and Ben Clark “we will always be hugely grateful to Dresd, for all their hard work, not only sourcing building materials and prop items to construct the Blue Door set, but also for their brilliant creative efforts. It is amazing that through reading the script and holding many skype meetings between London and Cardiff (also reducing unnecessary mileage and carbon emissions!) they were able to build, dress and bring to life Blue Door using entirely reclaimed supplies.”

Congratulations to the cast and crew, please do check out the trailer and watch the film when it is released. 

For more information, please visit: www.13thdoorfilms.com

The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange

We are proud to have worked on the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange, a unique initiative bringing together a wealth of design and artisan fashion talent across the Commonwealth’s 53 countries.

The initiative was launched by Commonwealth Secretary General the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland and Livia Firth, Founder and Creative Director of Eco-Age, who initiated and produced the Fashion Exchange project.

The exhibition launched earlier this week, on February 19th at Buckingham Palace during London Fashion Week. On behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and HRH The Countess of Wessex hosted a reception to celebrate and showcase the designs, designers and artisans.

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As part of the project, we designed and dressed the exhibition using recycled, and sustainable materials. We created over 40 up-cycled headdresses which were made using 6,000 pieces of reclaimed film-set paper. Each headdress was handmade, with over 4,000 flowers in total. Over 600 Swarovski crystals were also used in the headdresses. Other materials used included recycled film-set staging from a recent BBC production, which were made into plinths to display each of the 31 looks. Approximately 118 tons of recyclable materials were recovered from this same production, these now form a part of our recycling and sustainability initiative. 

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Taking part in sustainable events gives us the unique opportunity to continue using these materials in creative ways. It also allows us to reduce the harmful impact caused by creating new materials. By recycling sets we are reducing the carbon footprint of production, and reducing unwarranted waste. 

The exhibition is now running from 22nd February until 6th March at Australia House, London, WC2B 4LA. Later this year the exhibition will go to New York, and beyond. 

Those who cannot make it to the London showcase and exhibition in person, will be able to access an online exhibition and digital platform hosted by Google Arts & Culture. For more information, please visit: http://eco-age.com/google-arts-culture/

For more information on The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange, please see: http://eco-age.com/commonwealth-fashion-exchange/

Photo Credit: Sean Ebsworth Barnes

Building a traditional English Pub from recycled sets

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We brought some festive fun to FOCUS 2017 by exhibiting our work as a traditional English pub for the international conference. The pub was used for a number of events at FOCUS, including the opening reception. It was a prime spot for grabbing a drink and networking with industry professionals. We were thrilled to make some new connections and to see some old friends at the event.

The sets used to create the pub included productions such as ITV’s Endeavour, BBC’s Poldark, The World’s End, Doctor Who and Sony’s TV series Snatch. We salvaged around 500 tonnes from these various productions, preventing landfill, reducing carbon and allowing sets to be recycled for further use. With our facilities in Wales, we hope to attract more industry professionals to this way of working. 

Lynn McFarlane adds:

“We aim to provide a sustainable hub for television and film productions, where filmmakers can access used materials for their work, reducing the need to build brand new sets. 

“Most of the salvaged items would have ended up in landfill, but they now form part of a reclaimed prop house for the production industry.”

We were part of the Green Zone at FOCUS, along with organisations such as albert and AdGreen. Both aim to address the environmental impact of the production and broadcast industry. 

We believe collaboration is key going forward, and look forward to working with old and new colleagues in 2018. 

Congratulations to the FOCUS team for putting on yet another successful event, and we look forward to next year.

 

Dresd at FOCUS, 2017

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We are looking forward to being a part of FOCUS 2017, a meeting place for international production offering filming incentives, locations and production services from worldwide exhibitors. We’ll be a part of the Green Zone, which aims to address the environmental impact of the production and broadcast industry. As we’re a company that works with sustainability at the heart, we’re excited to meet other professionals at the forefront of sustainability. 

Our aim is to save more materials destined for landfill, so if you’re attending, please come and say hello, we’re keen to connect with like-minded and eco-friendly companies. 

FOCUS 2017 will take place at London’s Business Design Centre, December 5th and 6th. To register your attendance for the event, click here.

British Academy Cymru Awards, 2017

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We were commissioned by BAFTA Cymru to sustainably set the stage for The British Academy Cymru Awards Ceremony, 2017. The event was held at St David’s Hall, Cardiff on Sunday 8 October, 2017.

As an Albert supplier, we’ve worked with a range of clients to create responsibly-sourced and sustainable products for a number of years. We were thrilled to be a part of the 2017 event, and would like to congratulate all the winners of the awards which honour excellence in broadcasting and production within film, games and television in Wales.

The CNMI Recognition of Sustainability Award

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We were delighted to create the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (CNMI) Recognition of Sustainability Award for the world's first Green Carpet Fashion Awards, Italia 2017. The ceremony was hosted in Milan at the Teatro alla Scala, on 24 September 2017. The event celebrated Italian producers that champion community and social justice, traditional craftsmanship and innovation and technological transformation. 

The awards which were sustainably made from recycled film materials, were presented by Colin Firth to Giorgio Armani, Miuccia Prada, Pierpaolo Piccioli and Alessandro Michele. We’d like to extend our congratulations to everyone who received an award for their contributions to sustainability in the fashion industry.