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My name is Brian. I have worked in film, TV, and video for 20 years.

I was born in Boston. I grew up in Massachusetts. I have lived here for most of my life. I received a BA from U-Mass Amherst. I have lived in Somerville Massachusetts for the last 10 years. Some day I hope to start a family in Massachusetts.

I tried living in Atlanta GA for 4.5 years when I worked for CNN, and in Harford CT for 3 years when I was a photojournalist at a local station there. However, after almost 8 years in news, I decided to move back to Boston Massachusetts because it is HOME to me.

I have been freelancing mainly as a Director of Photography / Camera Operator / Video Journalist, and also as a Field Audio Recordist, Field Producer, and Video Editor since I moved back in 2005. I have worked on all kinds of productions including documentaries, “reality” shows, docudramas, concerts, feature films, independent films, network news, corporate videos, events, etc, etc, etc…

I don’t often work on feature film sets, yet the Massachusetts Film Tax Incentive is crucial to my career, and those of my colleagues. It means there is more work over all. Having higher end work come to the state has also greatly increased the quality of the work done here. Higher quality (usually) = higher wages. More work = more people employed = a growing industry.

The money I earn mostly goes right back into the Massachusetts economy. I rent and purchase much of my equipment locally at places like Talamas and Rule Boston Camera. I buy a lot of lighting equipment from Kaye Lights and Barbizon (both in Woburn MA). When I need something fixed, I take it to Macie Video in Dedham. I also pay for a lot of parking in garages all over Boston and the rest of the state, I buy a lot of gas from local stations, I buy many meals when I’m working from all kinds of restaurants, I pay tolls on the Pike. The producers I work with who come in from out of town stay in the hotels, rent cars, hire taxis, buy meals, etc, etc.

I hire sound recordists, gaffers, camera assistants, production assistants, editors, etc etc. When I am too busy to do a job that has been requested by a client, I always recommend other local camera people, sound recordists, gaffers, grips, assistants, editors, etc who can fill the client’s needs.

If you get rid of the MA Film Tax Incentive, A LOT of work will disappear, and with it jobs. At the last hearing at the State House, a representative from Disney (which has shot at least a dozen films in the state) who testified was asked directly if Disney would still come to Massachusetts to hire the crews and locations that they have for so long even without the credit. Her answer was a simple, unequivocal “NO.”

The money doesn’t go to Hollywood stars (who have to pay Massachusetts taxes on what they earn) or to big companies. It goes to local Massachusetts residents like me, and my colleagues. It helps to grow this industry here. It is spent in YOUR town at YOUR businesses. You will be killing small businesses in YOUR community. Any money allegedly saved by stopping the incentive will be immediately balanced by the cost of the costs unemployment help that will be needed by the thousands of people in the production business here in Massachusetts that you will be putting out of work. Please don’t be foolish enough to end the Massachusetts Film Tax Incentive.

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My name is James Connelly. In 2012 I graduated from Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire with a degree in media production, media studies and journalism. I have lived in Massachusetts my entire life and have been lucky enough to have a big part of my family also living in Massachusetts. Since graduation I have worked on different sets including commercials independent movies and corporate video.

I fear if this bill gets past I would have to certainly relocate to continue working the way I work now. This would be heartbreaking because I never considered anywhere but Massachusetts my home. Post college I have made so many more friends who also happen to be coworkers. I don’t know many fields that could say the same about the closeness people can have on a production set.

Being able to provide all of these jobs in the Massachusetts area is a big achievement and a big incentive for people to stick around in Massachusetts, an already expensive state. It would be huge mistake and one that would be felt immediately and in the future. I hope with everybody that has reached out with their stories on this site, that the people that oppose the tax incentives are able to visualize how many jobs and Massachusetts residents are on the line.

Hi, my name is Tim Hughes, and I am the dolly technician at High Output in Canton. Also, I am a freelance video/photo editor. Being a dolly tech, a lot of my knowledge and work goes towards films and other project that will be affected by the elimination of the film tax incentive. I am just one of a vast number of hardworking people who love making films happen — films that bring a lot of money to not only the people working directly on set, but also catering services, local businesses, and transportation services, people who have a trade and work very hard at it to make a living. Please reconsider eliminating the tax incentive not only for how it will affect people financially, but for the fact that a lot of great people have a passion for the art of bringing scripts to life.

Screen-Shot-2015-03-23-at-6.24.19-PMI moved here in 2006 for grad school, fell in love with the city, and have called Boston (well, Somerville) my home ever since. The first few years out of school were tough, workwise, but I stuck it out and have discovered a flourishing and fulfilling career here as a freelance editor and filmmaker.

I believe the increase in opportunities over the past few years is directly connected to the film tax incentive, but I also think that numbers fall short in telling the whole story. This industry is one that is hard to quantify, with many workers supporting themselves through a rotating slew of freelance jobs.

Similarly, the benefit to non-film-related local businesses is nearly impossible to place a dollar amount on, yet the productions taking place in Massachusetts bring not only jobs to our economy, but dollars as well.

I think it’s important to support the many, many folks who work in the film industry here by continuing to offer incentives for productions to come and shoot here.

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My name is John Stimpson. I am a writer, director, and editor of motion pictures. I also own H9 Films. I’ve been involved with fifteen feature films, nine of which I directed, and all of which were shot, at least in part, in Massachusetts. I’ve dedicated my career to generating film projects here in the Commonwealth and using local production facilities and local crews, many of whom have been my friends and colleagues for years. We’ve pumped millions of dollars into the local economy, created hundreds of jobs, and launched countless careers.

The Massachusetts film tax incentive has been a significant piece of the financing pie for all of the movies that we’ve made since it has been in place, and I can definitively attest to the fact that if it goes away, so will the work in Massachusetts. I won’t stop making films, but I will be forced to stop making them here.  I urge our legislators and our leadership on Beacon Hill to please think twice before eliminating this incentive and killing our thriving industry in Massachusetts, the state we all call home.

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