I am a veteran of over 30 years in the film and television industry based here in Massachusetts. I have primarily shot for feature PBS documentaries and for local and national corporate clients.
Many of us – individuals, owner/operators, sole proprietors – find ourselves working more in our own state due to economic pressures that have capped travel overhead. The national and world economies have conspired to actually bring work to us here in Massachusetts. Our extensive investment in equipment continues to foster a stronger, more healthy service and support industry. Our collective small operations are certainly a meaningful tax payoff for Massachusetts.
The simple act of my hiring others to work with me as assistants and my being in a position to convince clients to hire locally in Massachusetts for quality and experience in the picture making, sound, lighting, make up, set design, etc. departments is reason enough to make the case for keeping the state tax incentive in place.