Spirit Of Salvage

A Minute With Lynn McFarlane of Dresd

Ever wondered what happens to film sets, TV materials and props, when a production comes to an end? It might surprise you to know that entire sets get skipped. ‘This has been standard practice that we are aiming to change for good,’ says Lynn McFarlane, who set up Dresd in 2012, a company which reclaims and reuses film and TV sets and materials. ‘We realised that wonderful creations were being dumped, causing hundreds of tons of landfill every year. It had to change.’

Reclaiming sets and construction materials from a massive array of productions includingLes MisérablesThe Theory of Everything, Bridget Jones’s Baby and Fast & Furious, Dresd rescues anything from castles and bungalows, to cafés and sci-fi props and then reuses or hires out to other productions at low cost. ‘Materials go back into the film industry or are used for pop-up events,’ says Lynn. ‘We have

a huge warehouse of reclaimed items that are constantly reused.’

Helping to support an environmentally sustainable future for the film and TV industry, Dresd are recommended by the BBC and have won admiration for their work from the likes of actor Colin Firth.