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I started my foray into film production around 1996. One of my first jobs was as an office PA on Good Will Hunting in Boston. I worked on commercials and features for several years in Massachusetts. I eventually moved into the accounting department and headed west to California to follow the work.

After a few years in California, and on the road in different states and countries, I’ve found myself back in Massachusetts. This is where I’m from; this is where I want to be.

A production spends millions of dollars directly in local economies. Thousands of people, families, businesses, and organizations benefit from the film incentives.

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My name is Brittany Truett, and I am 25 years old. I’ve had the experience of a lifetime working in film with the accounting department for the past three years (feels like a lot longer). Right after graduating from Framingham State University, I had the amazing opportunity to work as an accounting clerk for the Feature Film Labor Day. Fast forward through many more projects as an assistant accountant, I finally reached my goal as payroll accountant. I still remain in awe of what we do. To see such hardworking and passionate individuals come together from a variety of different backgrounds to make a film is truly amazing.

I have had firsthand experience working in accounts payable and payroll and I see just how important the Massachusetts film tax incentive is. Film productions spend thousands and thousands of dollars with hundreds of local vendors in such a short period of time. Even now, I see weekly emails from vendors checking in to see if any productions will be coming to the area and asking me to contact them for their services. This shows just how important our productions are for their businesses to thrive. Not to mention the hundreds of jobs that film productions supply to each and every one of us. Trust me, I have had to make hundreds of files for each and every worker on each production on which I work, and stuff the hundreds of weekly paychecks.  I deal with the financial side of the film industry in Massachusetts and I know that eliminating the film tax incentives would be an incredible loss for the Massachusetts community — vendors, workers, and all.

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My name is Stephen Marchessault, and I am an entertainment producer, casting manager, and accountant clerk for some of the shows coming to and working in Massachusetts. I work on independent films/projects and also on Hollywood sets when I can. Seeing and working in the business in Massachusetts has opened up my eyes on how communities grow and stay connected. Working with local businesses helps projects move forward both financially and creatively. Film is a teamwork industry!

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My name is Mollie Grace and, for the past eight years, I have been lucky enough to work in the film industry. I spent six of those eight years in Boston, among the hardest-working, closest-knit community I have known.

The film industry in Massachusetts is more than an industry — it is a family. The relationships built with vendors and crew members are indescribable. As an assistant accountant, I have seen the same local vendors used again and again on productions. The film industry draws on all sectors of local business –lumber, lighting equipment, groceries, car rentals, apartment rentals, office space, clothing … you name it, we buy it. Not to mention the countless numbers of oysters and drinks purchased after a long day’s work. Without the Massachusetts film industry, many of these local businesses would lose a surplus of revenue.

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Hello, my name is Karen Nestor. I consider Massachusetts my home. I grew up in Sharon and now live in Middleboro with my husband and two children. However, my story is different than most of what you have been seeing. I do account payables for a local lighting equipment rental company. We employ over 60 people doing various jobs from lighting and accounting to gear maintenance and customer service, and all that falls in between.

Although I am not out on shoots or helping behind the scenes, I can definitely tell you that what comes across my desk for payment would affect not just me, but all the Massachusetts vendors from whom we purchases or rent. If the tax incentive is taken away, it will have a spiral effect, right down to those local vendors.

My family is my life! My husband and I work hard at our jobs to be able to provide for our family. If the Massachusetts Film Tax Credit is eliminated, it won’t be just me that will have to restructure, but a lot of other families as well.

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Little different view from an outsider. I live in California and just worked in Massachusetts for six months. I went to dinner all the time, and out every weekend. I should own stock in Massachusetts winter clothing stores at this point. I came back with barely any money and snow boots. I had a blast in Boston and have heavily debated moving.

It saddens me to read about the possibility of Massachusetts losing the tax incentive. The local community benefits from even the out-of-towners.

The truth is, we have to work outside of California because California won’t participate in the un-capped tax incentive. They left “Hollywood” and they will leave Massachusetts.

 

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My name is Mary Kate Pedro, I am a 2nd assistant accountant in the film and television industry, and I am from Cambridge, MA. After graduating from college in New York in 2011 with a degree in film production, I was fortunate enough to find work in the state where I was born and raised, where my parents and grandparents were born and raised: Massachusetts. My first job was as a production assistant in the construction department on Grown Ups 2. More interested in understanding how films were spending their budgets, I found my place in the accounting departments of The Judge, Chasing Life, Black Mass, and The Finest Hours.

I can personally vouch for the local businesses that we pay every day on productions, and the countless local employees on our payroll. As an accountant, part of my job is writing the checks that add up to millions of dollars going directly into the local economy. These are business owners from whom we get Christmas cards, thanking the production; these are buildings and facilities that, without our rent payments, would be left unoccupied; these are people like me, who — if it were not for the film industry — would either be living outside of Massachusetts or collecting unemployment.

From a personal standpoint, I can say that this industry is not just for creatives, it is for all kinds of working professionals. I have literally built my career in the state of Massachusetts. I lived at home with my parents while climbing the ladder, working 12-hour days, and loving every minute of it with hardworking people by my side. And now, thanks to the tax incentive, I have worked for almost a year straight without breaks between shows, and that is incredible. I am so thankful for the Massachusetts tax incentive, which has produced a growing and thriving industry that’s allowed me to grow and thrive in my home state and to watch my peers do the same.

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My name is Elle Davida, and I am a payroll/accounting assistant born and raised in Massachusetts. Along with many others, I have built my career up over the last few years, without many breaks in between shows, thanks to the Massachusetts film tax incentive bringing more production work to this state! I love my job and the many amazing people I get to work alongside everyday. With my work in accounting, I can personally vouch for the countless businesses we spend money with while working on these various film productions, which greatly benefit financially from our shows, as well as the hundreds of crew members we employ for months at a time. We should be encouraging more studios and independent creatives to bring more work to Massachusetts, not eliminate it.

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