I am Woody Bell, married father of two boys. I work in the grip department and own a grip rental company called Black Flag Grips. I have been in this business for 20 years, and because of the Massachusetts film tax incentive, I have been able to support my family without having to spend long periods of time away from my loved ones.
Since the tax incentive was introduced in 2006, I have had the opportunity to work with some of the country’s most experienced key grips that have come here to film. In the past few years, fewer and fewer key grips have come to Massachusetts because the crew base here has matured to the point of being able to staff positions all the way to the top. This is a direct result of the film tax incentive.
I do not want be be one of those key grips who have to travel to other incentive states. I want to stay home. With my family.