My name is Benjamin, and I am a New England native. I’ve been a resident of Massachusetts for over forty years and a working professional musician most of my life. In the last three years, I have turned my focus to creating music for film, and I diligently work every day to make this start-up business profitable.
The steady increase in the number of films that has come to Massachusetts over the past several years is well documented. Productions have always been drawn to our attractive and diverse locations, but, in the past, both major motion picture production companies and moderate-sized independent producers had concerns about the availability of studio services and high-quality crew. Those concerns have been addressed with the creation of state-of-the-art sound stage facilities and a growing professional local workforce. A major motion picture is typically a massive production that employs local actors and other creative artists, and each film supports hundreds of blue-collar jobs at honest wages for sound, lighting, electrical, carpentry, and other film crew, as well as transportation, lodging, catering, security, rental equipment supply, and other support services. Further, fans of a film often wish to visit locations where the film was shot, and the local tourism industry can continue to see benefit for years after a production wraps.
Clearly, the film and television tax incentive attracts productions to the commonwealth and also allows local production companies to thrive; that, in turn, provides those of us that work in the local film industry with opportunities to realize a livelihood from our craft. These production companies are corporate entities, and just like any other corporation, a primary element of their mission is to maintain a sustainable business and maximize profits. The tax incentive will always be a primary factor in a company’s decision to mount a production here. As evidenced by similar measures adopted in other states, Governor Baker’s proposal to end the incentive would arrest the successful growth that has been achieved, and the benefit it has brought to both the local film and television industry and to the commonwealth in general would be lost.