makers is our bi-annual magazine for the international production community. Featuring interviews, comment and opinion from leading figures in production from around the world, makers celebrates the very best in film, commercials and TV production. Packed full of production intelligence and beautifully designed, makers is a global briefing for creatives – covering everything a production needs in its journey from the script to screen.

makers #12 is now available to order online

Our 12th edition of makers is now available! As always, it is packed with real insight into global production.

There is an existential threat to the livelihood of anyone involved in the creative industries – and it is not artificial intelligence. From green studios to comprehensive guidance, on set sustainability has never been easier. Yet despite these efforts carbon emission figures from production are still dangerously high. So is the industry doing enough?

Sustainability is increasingly viewed as positive for company ESG policies but there’s a misconception about extortionate costs involved in going green as well as a frustrating battle to change the decision-making processes of senior execs who often allow ignorance to influence the entire supply chain. As one contributor tells makers on page 113, “We can’t recycle our way out of climate change. We’re going to have to fundamentally change the way we operate.”

Sustainability needs to be incorporated at script stage and be accounted for every step of the way. Indeed, partnerships linking finance professionals with production creatives is currently flourishing. Chris Evans goes behind the scenes on page 76 to speak to those involved.

Filmmakers would like to believe they have empathy with their subject but the degree to which they actually do when committing stories to screen can be questioned. A pioneering new approach called Digital Melanin Cinema aims to persuade the industry to adopt a more nuanced approach to lighting diverse skin tones. We speak to its founders on page 72 and on page 33 we also look at the degree to which Martin Scorsese’s myth-busting American history Killers of the Flower Moon embeds the Osage Nation, depicted in the drama, in location, crew and story.

We can’t take a pass on AI however. As we go to press the screen actors’ strike has just been resolved, which together with the WGA’s action and failure of studios to settle, put many individual livelihoods and businesses in the US and in Europe at risk. A key point remains about how AI should be used, and how actors and writers should be remunerated for its use. We cover some of these topics in a special report beginning on page 19 but the reality is that we are only at dawn of a brave new world.

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