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Art Community Comes Together to Reuse and Recycle


Productions can stay green even after they've finished filming.
Photo courtesy of the MOFTB.

June 2, 2008 - There are numerous ways for productions to stay green as they film on the streets of New York, even after the production has wrapped. An enterprising group of local art department members have come together to make sure that materials leftover from feature films and other shoots can be put to good use and stay out of the dumpster.

Eva Radke, an art department coordinator, started Art Cube NYC a year and a half ago with the idea of connecting people with materials left over from productions. “Working in the art department is different for every job,” said Radke. “You’re constantly trying to find strange things and then you have to throw them out at the end of the shoot.” Radke thought the solution would come from gathering together those people who find themselves with a surplus of materials that would otherwise have to be thrown away.

Art Cube NYC takes its name from cube trucks common to productions that transport materials to and from set. The Google group has become a local resource for its 250-plus members which include art PAs, artists, designers, and decorators. Members can post inquiries on items they’re searching for (strange requests include someone looking for a makeup mirror or pharmaceutical bottles); they can also share details on what they have to share, like lumber and set dressings.

“We’re especially trying to make these items available to low budget or no budget films,” said Radke, “and word is getting around. We don’t have to throw materials away when we stop shooting.”

For more ways productions can stay green, visit NYC Green Screen.
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