My name is Jason Coffey, and I am a prop maker, welder, and rigger. My first film was Shutter Island in 2008, and I fell in love with this job. I am blessed to work with some of the greatest and most talented people I’ve ever had the privilege to work with.
I live in western Massachusetts and know firsthand that the film industry helps feed many families, including my own. I also know that the funds are spread around. As I do not live in the greater Boston area where many productions have been located, I commute or stay in hotels or rent apartments (and eat three times a day at local vendors).
We are all just trying to make a living. To lose the tax incentives would be a great loss to many of us as well as the New England area, and will no doubt put many of us in very grave circumstances. Most people on the outside looking in do not see how much revenue is pumped into local businesses — lumber yards, steel yards, hotels, stores, flooring suppliers, restaurants, coffee shops, gas stations, equipment rental outfits, to name just a few. I hope and pray that the powers that be see that to lose out on the film industry will without question hurt many of us and, worst of all, our families.