Opportunity: Zero Waste Scotland and Creative Carbon Scotland seek filmmaker

Zero Waste Scotland and Creative Carbon Scotland are seeking a filmmaker to be embedded within an exciting new initiative addressing how to move towards a lower consumption, circular economy in the context of the climate emergency. 

Zero Waste Scotland has recently formed an independent advisory group whose purpose is to analyse the challenges associated with decoupling our economic and social prosperity from the environmental impacts of resource production, consumption and waste in context of the climate emergency. As part of this Creative Carbon Scotland is seeking a filmmaker to be embedded within the group, following its journey, exploring the complex issues which decoupling raises, and making them visible and engaging to a wider audience.

Deadline for applications: 6pm, Saturday 14th March

This is an exciting, paid opportunity for a filmmaker interested in exploring the complex issues concerning Scotland’s transition away from a high consumption society driven by GDP, to a lower consumption, circular economy. It offers the chance to participate in and contribute to a group comprised of experts from a wide range of fields including environmental economics, social justice, and circular economy, and to support wider engagement with an area of growing importance in global efforts to tackle the climate emergency.

Demystifying Decoupling Advisory Group

Decoupling refers to the ability of an economy to grow or prosper without corresponding increases in energy and resource use and environmental pressures. Decoupling is seen as a central part of the transition to a circular economy. Despite this there is no evidence to show it has been achieved anywhere near the scale needed to deal with environmental breakdown or that it is likely to happen in the future (Decoupling Debunked, The European Environmental Bureau).

An advisory group has therefore been formed to undertake a critical assessment of the viability of decoupling at the rate necessary to address the climate emergency and biodiversity loss crisis. Key challenges which the group will address include:

  • The lack of clarity on what decoupling means for Scotland: what indicators are used, at what scale and over what time period, as well as how it fits into relevant environmental thresholds such as the nine planetary boundaries and policy targets
  • How to overcome the challenges associated with decoupling such as rebound effects and problem shifting (Decoupling Debunked, p.40 – 42)
  • What role decoupling can play in wider societal transition. It is necessary to consider how decoupling is linked to other topics such as the wellbeing economy,the Green New Deal and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and whether it can be pursued to build a fairer and more prosperous society now and for future generations.
  • Key actions or next steps required in order to achieve decoupling

The members of the advisory group will be asked to provide expert advice and input through various formats and their responses will help inform Zero Waste Scotland and the public on how best to tackle the challenges associated with achieving decoupling.

The whole project will run from April 2020 to January 2021.

Filmmaker brief

We are looking for a filmmaker to apply their skills in conceptual thinking and storytelling to document and explore the journey of the group over the course of the project, connecting individuals with their motivations for joining and drawing links to wider societal themes. These could include carbon footprinting and resource consumption, wellbeing and just transition.

As well being an active participant and contributing a different, cultural perspective to the group, a key outcome of the filmmaker’s role will be the production of a short film (approximately 10 minutes in length).

The purpose of the film will be to help make visible the complex issues surrounding decoupling and Scotland’s transition to a lower-consumption society. The target audience will be a wider network of stakeholders engaged in fields including academia, NGOs, industry, public sector, youth and equity, with the aim of building momentum behind the discussion and recommendations made by the advisory group. Social media will be the primary platform for distributing and sharing of the film.

The anticipated time commitment is 14 days over the whole project. This will include:

  • Attending an introductory meeting with Creative Carbon Scotland and project partners
  • Preparing for and participating in four half day advisory group meetings in the central belt:
    • Meeting 1: Friday 24th April
    • Meetings 2, 3 & 4 – Between April and December 2020. Exact dates to be agreed by group at first meeting
  • Participating in regular catch up meetings with Creative Carbon Scotland and partners
  • Leading on the production of the short film with input from key project members
  • Working with the Zero Waste Scotland communications team to produce shareable edits for social media
Filmmaker fee
  • The filmmaker will be paid a total of £4200 for the 14 days’ work. This fee is based on an artist with 5+ years experience in line with the Scottish Artist Union recommended rates of pay.
  • A small materials budget of £250 will also be available.
  • Travel expenses to and from project meetings within the central belt will be covered with a rough travel budget of up to £25 per meeting.
  • The filmmaker will be expected to provide their own film and sound recording and editing equipment and software, and insurance.
Filmmaker specification

The role is envisaged for an experienced filmmaker based in Scotland, looking to use their creative skills and experience to contribute to wider society. We anticipate an individual with 5+ years film-making experience will be most appropriate for the role.

The skills and experience that will be beneficial for this project include:

  • Experience in planning, shooting and editing high quality film content: ability to plan and manage own time and deliver key tasks within budget;
  • Skills in analytical thinking: an interest in and ability to research new topics, work with complex information, and identify underlying questions and issues;
  • Experience in storytelling and narratives: an interest in and ability to bring together diverse forms of knowledge and understanding, and to develop narratives which help make the issues accessible and engaging to wider audiences;
  • Interest in and experience of working collaboratively with diverse groups and in non-arts contexts. For example, regeneration, environmental, educational, social, healthcare contexts;
  • Knowledge of sustainability-related issues, including climate change. 

The filmmaker must be available for the full duration of the project and key event dates as agreed with the project team.

Key dates
  • 6pm, Saturday 14th March – Applications close
  • Thursday 19th March – Interviews held in central Edinburgh
  • Friday 24th April – First advisory group meeting
  • April – December 2020 – Group meetings 2, 3 & 4 held. Exact dates to be agreed by group at first meeting
  • December 2020 – Delivery of short film
How to apply

Please read carefully through the required skills and experience as outlined in the brief to ensure you meet the required experience and abilities.

To apply: complete the online application form

The form will ask you to include:

  • An anonymised CV demonstrating appropriate skills and experience (max 2 pages)
  • An anonymised covering letter (max 2 pages) which makes clear:
    • What it is about the post that caught your interest
    • How your experience and skills match those outlined above
    • How you will contribute to the project aims and tasks
    • Provides details of projects where you have contributed to an interdisciplinary project team including working with non-arts partners to help achieve its aims
  • 2 examples of relevant previous work
  • You will also be asked to confirm completion of the Creative Carbon Scotland Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

If you would like to discuss the role or if you have any questions please contact gemma.lawrence@creativecarbonscotland.com.

Deadline: Applicants should complete the online application form by 6pm on Saturday 14th March

Interviews will take place on Thursday 19th March in central Edinburgh and with shortlisted applicants being notified at the beginning of the week commencing 16th March.

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Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.

In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.

We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.

Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:

Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.

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