Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’ handed Green Seal

Staff writer, with CNA, LOS ANGELES

Fri, Nov 23, 2012 - Page 4

Oscar-winning Taiwanese director Ang Lee’s (李安) latest movie, Life of Pi, was awarded a Green Seal by the US-based Environmental Media Association for the environmentally friendly practices used during production, according to a news report on Wednesday, the first day of the film’s worldwide general release.

According to the report on Mother Nature Network, Lee and his crew members followed Fox Entertainment Group’s Green Guide by using reusable water bottles and hybrid cars for transportation, while exchanging information digitally to reduce paper waste.

In addition, Lee’s film company constructed a 6.4 million liter water tank from waste material produced by coal-burning power plants, therefore helping reduce pollution created by the power sector, the report said.

Upon completion of the filming, the company donated the tank for use by other filmmakers, it said.

The Environmental Media Association, which was established in 1989, is a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental practices in the entertainment industry.

The organization gives awards to recognize film and television personalities, productions, musicians and musical tours that convey environmental messages in the most creative and influential ways, according to its Web site.

Men in Black III, Total Recall and The Amazing Spiderman are among the Hollywood films that have also received Green Seal awards this year.

Life of Pi is a 3D movie that was shot mainly in Greater Taichung. It tells the story of a 16-year-old Hindu boy who survives a shipwreck and gets stranded on a lifeboat for 227 days with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.