I’ve only been out of school for a few years, and I’ve been one of those fortunate enough to get a full-time job in a small, competitive marketplace for film here on the East Coast. I say small because the industry here is dwarfed by the likes of even a portion of LA.
I graduated Mass College of Art and Design in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in animation, and I spent the next two years struggling to find work either at a studio or freelance. I was lucky enough to get an internship at Northern Light Productions in Allston, MA. That’s where I spend my time as a 2-D character animator and working on motion graphics for some very cool exhibits, like the James Bond exhibit in the Spy Museum, or the Cuban Missile Crisis exhibit in the basement of the JFK library. Most of my work winds up in museums like these, often for the benefit of education.
Many of my colleagues either don’t have a full-time job like me and work freelance, or have moved to LA to seek more work. It upsets me that the tax benefits could be taken away. It’s not just Hollywood blockbusters being filmed here; there is also a lot of educational work being done, as well as broadcast news. I don’t think a lot of the folks who are in favor of eliminating the tax incentive realize this.
My sincere hope is that folks will realize the domino effect that will occur should the tax incentive be taken away.