My name is Charlie. Please keep the film incentive in place so I can continue to work in MA in this industry as a set dresser and a carpenter.
My name is Charlie. Please keep the film incentive in place so I can continue to work in MA in this industry as a set dresser and a carpenter.
My name is Jenna Dayton and I am a Script Supervisor here in Massachusetts. I moved here from CT a little over a year ago. I was deciding between New York or Boston but ended up here because I love this city and wanted to make a life here. The film industry here has allowed me to join the union and live in the city I love-doing what I love to do. I have been working steadily since I moved and truly believe my career would not be what it is thus far if it hadn’t been for the opportunities that the film industry in this state has given me. If the work leaves I will have to too.
My name is Morgan Kling, and I work in the prop department on films made right here in Massachusetts.
I came to Massachusetts to study film at Boston University, fully expecting to move to California after graduating. I am very proud to say that after receiving my degree, I was able to start putting my new knowledge and skill set to work in the very state that helped give it to me!
I am so happy to be part of a community that values and promotes arts, science, and culture. We design, we build, we create. All of these things that we do require materials, supplies, space, and sustenance. We would not be able to do what we do without the support of local Massachusetts business owners, technicians, and artists. I have turned to my neighbors for all things props – from a custom made rubber stamp or a bag of potato chips, to musical instruments and working fire engines.
The tax incentive encourages filmmakers to make movies in Massachusetts, and my local community is thriving because of it. Let’s continue to support an industry that supports our community!
I was born and raised in Massachusetts and me and my family currently still reside here. I work as a model and actress. I happily decided to make modeling and acting my full-time career in 2008 upon graduating with a Master’s in Business Administration from Simmons College in Boston. However, since the inception of my career I’ve had to go outside the USA, primarily into Europe, for work since I was not booking enough jobs here in MA for me to make a profit, let alone make enough to cover my basic needs.
I was raised by Italian immigrant parents who had to leave Italy, their place of birth and where their immediate and extended family resided and currently resides, in the 1970’s due to a lack of work. Italy’s economy currently is and still is today, by no means, nowhere comparable to the USA’s. I, however, being raised in this country and educated here at a Master’s Degree level should not have to do the same for it would be a disgrace to all our forefathers who for generations developed this country into a nation with so much prosperity and opportunity.
The thought that this film tax credit, which took the effort of many to pass in the early 2000’s, would be eliminated, is utterly demoralizing for thousands of working class MA residents. Eliminating the MA film and television production incentive not only will cost jobs, it will drive thousands of jobs created by the production of films and TV shows in MA to competing states, destroying a strong and growing local industry and rob families of a promising future.
I have diligently studied and developed myself for my career since childhood and I don’t want to have to make the same sacrifices my parents made and live far from my family to support myself. With this, I ask that you do your part to save MA film jobs. I look forward to receiving word on this issue’s resolutions and, in the meantime, I am committed to closely following its evolution with the hope that a favorable plan of action may be reached so that I may realize my dream of enjoying my career successes alongside my parents who so generously immigrated to this country so that I could reap the benefits of a more prosperous career.
My name is Sydney Sherrell, I grew up and live in Belmont MA. My father is a producer and raised me in the industry. He and my mother made a movie while she was pregnant with me. You could say the film industry runs through my veins. I love my job. My father wanted me to became an actress but I much prefer being behind the scene and the hard work that comes with it. I have tried many other jobs, from organic farming to temping and office work, nothing is as rewarding as working on a set. I have been working freelance in this industry since I was 19, I’m 24 now. I currently work as a Production Assistant, and have a part-time job at Cambridge Community Television. I have been the photographer for the Woods Hole Film Festival for 4 years. I work 7 days a week and love it. I have perused happiness and succeeded. Is that not my inalienable right?
My family is here, if the incentive were to go away I could not afford to live here anymore and would most likely move to New York. My father lives in Massachusetts because I live in Massachusetts. He cannot handle New England winters without my assistance. This past winter I went to his house and helped shovel his driveway, walkway and sidewalk.
This is my livelihood.
Coming from someone working in the trade; woodworking on several commercial and residential properties and welding for 15 years, working on a large scale production forum with many other talented people has been great. As well the structure of the business was really on the side of the employee with compensation and benefits in place, where other companies I have worked for in the past have failed.
I have been working in Boston and New England for over 30 years in various capacities doing lighting and camerawork. I’ve been through good times and bad in this business and raised two children with my wife Claudia, a former filmmaker herself. Now my daughter Magda is an educator/filmmaker who just finished college at Hampshire and my son Will, a sophomore at Lexington HS, just completed his 5th short and a fundraising movie for his old elementary school.
What is happening in my family is possible because I have been able to make a living at what I love, film work. When I mentioned the good and bad times I meant this: good when there is work, i.e. tax incentives are in effect, bad when there is no work, no tax incentives. It is that simple: with incentives the movies come here, without, they don’t. It’s black and white. I have lived through both situations.
I guess what I’m getting at is that in their own way, the incentives are helping create a new generation of filmmakers and film workers in our lovely state. And that is good.
My name is Allison Argo. I am a Producer/Director at ArgoFilms. I produce documentary films out of my offices on Cape Cod, and a thriving Massachusetts film community is key to my business.
My name is Macaela VanderMost, I am a Director at Newfangled Studios. In the past few years this industry has boomed in Massachusetts, allowing me to provide over hundreds of thousands worth of freelance jobs per year, and 9 full time positions to my staff.
I’m from Detroit Michigan and around the time I knew my dream was to get involved with the movie industry there was a lot of talk about the film incentive that was happening in Detroit. A large studio was being built, they were talking about classes to train locals to get involved in the industry and I was excited to be a part of that world. Then the tax incentive was voted out and I knew that if I wanted to be in film then I couldn’t stay in Detroit.
I left my family and friends and moved to MA and within the last couple of years I’ve made a new family and new friends in this industry. I’ve worked in production, art department, construction, helped in the scenic world and coordinated and produced. I love film and I love the people here and the industry it creates for all the local businesses in all the departments I’ve helped in. Detroit is a place that needs jobs more then anything and needs businesses to be invigorated, the tax incentive could have done that like it does every day for MA but that opportunity was taken away. I don’t want MA to suffer in the same way and I cannot stress the amount of jobs, and business the incentive brings.
PLEASE take a moment to look at the faces of my new family and think what this film incentive means to each and every one of them.
My name is Laurie Bramhall and I have been working in the New England film industry since the movie “What Lies Beneath” (1999) and theatrical costuming for 35 years. I grew up in New England, went to school in Boston and am a homeowner. My work on film contributes to a mortgage, college loans for our daughter and tuition for our son.
In film I generally work as a set costumer, background costumer and stitcher. I also teach and work as an Adjunct Professor at Emerson College. I have the best of both worlds – theater work during the academic year and movie work during the summer.
Unfortunately, I cannot make a living just as an Adjunct (temporary, part time). The summer work on Feature Films provides a large part of my income. It also provides stories and first hand experience that I am able to share with the costume design / construction students I work with at Emerson.
We have a very incredible Feature Film workforce here in new England and I feel honored and blessed to work amongst this large group of very talented artists and technicians.
Please do not take away our livelihoods.
My name is Michael Federico. I work mainly in the Grip and Electric departments on shorts and features. The MA film tax incentive keeps me doing what I love for a living.
I am an African American woman who is interested in every aspect of independent filmmaking. I am currently putting together my first short film and funding it myself. I also live in Massachusetts. Please do not add another disadvantage to my list.
I have worked for a few years now on many films that come into our great state. I worked the duration of the filming Sea of Trees and a good portion of TED II last summer. These shifts allowed me to work around going to school for Nursing and I will continue the work until I earn my MSN in Nursing. Working on movies entails a lot of security work around the clock and provides many jobs for people in our state!
I am a full-time experienced non-union actor. I live on Cape Cod. I work primarily in Massachusetts, along with Rhode Island and other parts of New England. I work very hard to find compensated roles here in the Commonwealth. I have been able to find work as a result of the film incentives that currently exist. Without these incentives, the film industry would dry up and I would be faced with a decision to either drive to another state (NYC?) or retire from acting. I want to work. Please do not repeal these incentives. Thank you.
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.
Being able to work in this state ( MA ) has allowed me, up to this point, to stay local to work in the film and TV business while providing for my family. I have been able to be part of an industry that has provided me work and helped actors and members of the crew stay in a state that I was raised in. I would never have been able to do something I truly loved if it wasn’t for the film and TV industry of MASSACHUSETTS.
Please do the right thing by keeping the tax incentive here.
My name is Penny Cariolo and I work in the film industry in Massachusetts. I am a stitcher working with costumers and set decorators. I worked on my first movie in 2011 and have worked on 12 movie or television productions since then. I love my job and would love to continue to do it in the place I call home.
When I began dating my now-husband, I was working in film/tv in NYC and he lived in Boston. We often talked about which of us would move for the other, and when we got engaged, I took the leap and moved in with him in Massachusetts. I’ve been incredibly lucky and have managed to work steadily here for an entire year straight, joining the Production Coordinator union in the process. Last November, we bought a house in Medford, MA. The film incentive has allowed me to not only continue my career here in MA, but has let me flourish and grow roots as well.
My name is Paul. I have been working for the film industry as an artist for the last ten years. This is my livelihood.
My name is Kelly Cronin. I was born and raised in Brighton, MA and have worked in the film business as a script supervisor in Boston since 1996. Early in my career I found myself having to be on the road for work. However since the tax incentives were enacted I have been so lucky to work and live in my home state. I own a home in Oxford, MA and am able to be here for my family. If the tax incentives are eliminated I will have to leave the state to keep up my livelihood.
Please keep the tax incentives in place, while will keep the film work in Massachusetts and keep me working in the state I love
My name is Rick Burtt. I’m privileged to have been in the entertainment industry for the last 30 years, as a musician/management, a director, and an actor. It is important to keep momentum of high budget Hollywood films being shot in Massachusetts. There is an incredible impact that the tax incentive has had for local cast and crew, in lighting, sound, wardrobe, make-up, catering, and casting. Also even more importantly money spent in every area of local businesses, and the taxes spent on that money by those businesses and workers. The film tax incentive should not be removed, it makes for common sense to have this flow of revenue continue to come to our state, and benefit all.
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.
My name is Erica Scoppettuolo. I graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a degree in film. After graduation, I was worried I’d have to make the move to NYC or LA to get work in my field. Because of the film incentive, I was able to acquire an assistant editing job at a local production company only few months after graduating. Coming from art school, I know that it’s incredibly rare to find work in the creative field that quickly in Massachusetts.
I have since become a production assistant for many MA film productions. All of which were shot here because of the incentive. Most recently I worked as a Construction Assistant on The Finest Hours, shot in Quincy, MA. That production kept me employed for 7 months. And some of those months I was working 6 days/week. The Massachusetts Film Incentive allowed me to have a steady income while perusing my career in the creative field.
My name is Benjamin Zalusky and I am a set production assistant living and working in Massachusetts. Last summer I had the opportunity to work for the first time on the set of a feature film that was shooting in the Boston area. That day gave me my first glimpse at what it was like to work for the film industry and I instantly saw what an amazing career this business could offer me. I continued day playing on several films throughout the fall in order to start to learn the responsibilities of the set PA and to start networking and meeting local crew members who would become my coworkers and friends as I progressed early on in my career. It wasn’t until February this year that I was asked to work on set full time. Of course I did not hesitate to say yes and I was finally able to leave my old job and start focusing all my efforts on working towards a career in the film industry.
Working full time as a set PA has given me a much better understanding of what it takes to produce a film. I have had the privilege to aide the Assistant Director’s department in the production of a number of feature films shooting in Massachusetts. Along the way I have met countless hard working and talented crew members who also proudly call Massachusetts their home. Many of the crew members have become my good friends and there is a strong sense of community among us. I am lucky to see familiar faces on many of the jobs I have been able to work on, while still meeting new people all the time. We all love working here and it really is amazing to be able to work every day in the film industry then come home to our families after we wrap each night.
None of this would be possible without the film tax incentive currently in place in Massachusetts. It has made Massachusetts very attractive to production companies looking for locations to film their movies, television programs, and commercials. The tax incentive has allowed local cast and crew members to progress their careers in the comfort of their home state. Along with employing the local cast and crew, the film tax incentive has been extremely beneficial to local business. The productions buy all their food, gas, construction materials, and rental equipment locally. They get local police officers, firefighters, and security guards to help keep the sets safe. All of the crew pay taxes in Massachusetts and help stimulate the local economy by buying all of their food, gas, clothing and other commercial goods locally. Even crew members that come in from other states benefit the local economy by paying for hotels and rental cars, or by renting apartments.
If the film tax incentive goes away hundreds – if not thousands – of families will have to make the choice of whether to leave home and move to a state that does have a tax incentive for film, or to find a new career, give up on their dreams, and lose everything they have worked so hard to achieve. Please don’t force us to make that choice. Please keep the film tax incentive in Massachusetts so we can continue working in an industry we love from the comfort of our own homes.
My name is Kristen Crociati and I worked on the movie Black Mass and it was a great experience and I am looking forward to be able to work more in the movie business. My son also was lucky enough to have worked on the set of Spotlight. It has been great to have been able to apply for many job openings that have been offered over the past two years with the great opportunity of so many movies being filmed here in Massachusetts.
My name is Jill Reurs and I work in a few different capacities. I work as a Script Supervisor, I also work as a Production Office Coordinator and I work as a Set Dresser. Boston is a great place to work and has a terrific reputation among producers, directors, studios, networks, ad agencies and new media. Because of the MA film tax incentive we attract a lot of projects. In my position I work closely with Producers and Directors and they tell me over and over they like making their projects in Massachusetts and they want to come back and make more projects. Happily this has happened many times over thanks to the MA film tax incentive. I’ve also seen firsthand how money is spent in-state in terms of hiring local people and local companies and buying supplies and services in-state.
When a movie production sets up shop it’s like an empty department store. There are approximately twenty departments (construction, lighting, rigging, props, camera, costume, casting, set dressing, and catering, to name just a few). Each department has to be fully staffed and fully stocked for the length of the production. And if there are multiple movies shooting in Massachusetts at the same time, (which there often are), that means each movie has to have their twenty departments staffed and stocked. It adds up to a lot of people, a lot of materials and a lot of service and support. That means jobs and business for many Massachusetts residents and Massachusetts-based companies. Thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in in-state spending. It also provides terrific ‘product placement’ for the Commonwealth in terms of beautiful shots of our state and/or seeing intriguing places that the viewing audience will want to visit. And they do visit. So for my money the MA film tax incentive is doing exactly what it was designed to do – create an incentive and attract business to Massachusetts on many levels. It’s working and it’s working well. Please keep the MA film tax incentive in place.
My name is Tim Gorman and I moved to Boston in 2002 after working in film production in Prague for a decade and have watched Massachusetts grow a thriving film industry which I have been proud to be a part of. In my role as a liaison between the film crew and the communities we film in, I have seen first hand the benefits bestowed upon the countless entities we write checks to: schools, churches, homeowners, businesses large and small.
I have also seen the hometown pride displayed by those who get a thrill out of having something filmed in their neighborhood. It’s these benefits, tangible and intangible, that will disappear if the tax incentives that draw filmmakers to our State go away. I have chosen to make Massachusetts my home and my wife and I are raising our children here. We too will likely have to go away if Governor Baker’s proposals are enacted.
My name is Tim Lewis. When I started out before 1997, it was near impossible to cobble together a decent living. There was no FTI and we were lucky to see one or two movies each year. At the time I had a young child and another was soon to follow. Family demands were such that I had to leave the business I loved twice, for regular jobs. Each time those jobs dried up or the money couldn’t compete with movie money, and I came back to the job I always wanted. The FTI has been such an amazing success for me and my family. The FTI has allowed me to enjoy several years of solid work in the field I love and to continue raise my children in Massachusetts.
The film and media industry can be a major boon to the economy of Massachusetts. Since the FTI, roots have taken hold for a vibrant and creative industry. If we preserve the FTI, someday Massachusetts will be known for film/media along with fields it has traditionally been known for such as education, high tech, bio tech, medicine and pharma. Now that would be a diverse, dynamic and powerful economy!
My name is Meriden and I am a freelance Production Manager. I grew up in Central Illinois and went to film school at Northwestern with high hopes of some day working in production. After college I moved to LA because I thought it was the only place I would be able to work in the industry. Coming from a small town in Illinois, LA was slightly overwhelming. After a few years working in LA, I moved to Boston and I love the production community I have found here.
I know there are many people who work in the industry who have benefited from the film tax incentive, but I also see it benefit countless local businesses. For every production that shoots in Massachusetts we rent equipment, purchase food, buy wardrobe, build props, rent vehicles… And all of this money goes into our community and helps our local businesses thrive.
I love living in Massachusetts and plan to stay here for years to come. I only hope the job I love will be here as well.
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.
My name is Matt. I recently returned to New England with my family to work in the film industry and start a life in the area. The local crews here are among the best I’ve worked with in my thirty years in the business. The craftsmen and technicians who work behind the camera are invaluable assets to their communities. Make the right economic choice and keep the business here.
My name is Michael Ricci, and I am an assistant location manager and scout. I went to college for media arts and have always been passionate about film. I am very lucky to do what I love in the state of Massachusetts, where my family resides. I have worked on a range of projects in the Bay State and have seen firsthand how the tax incentive benefits our communities and our state. I truly love showing off this beautiful state. If the tax incentive is eliminated, I will be forced take my family to NY to pursue my career there instead.
My name is Erin Cole. I’ve been a proud union actress for over a decade; recently, I was able to work on the other side of the camera in production on two Massachusetts-made movies. I would not have had these opportunities to practice my craft and expand my artistic pursuits if it weren’t for all of the film work that exists in Massachusetts. It is difficult to make a living as an actress because there is so much competition for each job. The pursuit is only made more difficult when there is no work to compete for in the first place!
The Massachusetts film tax incentives provide work for the people and artists who so desperately want it. But more than that, the work that we’ve been allowed has led to the subsequent expansion of an entire industry and the development and cultivation of entire artistic careers. By being allowed to expand my own artistic career into production, I was able to see how the incentives do the same thing for everyone working behind the camera as well. I saw how many vendors we employed and how much payroll we created for people and businesses in Massachusetts. These jobs help people like me pay our bills and our mortgages and take care of our families.
My name is Peter D’Angelo. In 1984, I got my first job in the film business, producing animated trailers for movie theaters (“And now, our feature presentation,” and the like). After seven years of that, I decided I didn’t want to spend the rest of my working days in a small, dark, windowless room. From 1993 to 2008, I was employed at High Output, New England’s largest grip and lighting rental house; I worked as one of their field technicians in a grip truck with a mounted 1000-amp generator, largely on TV commercials. In 2008, I decided to try the freelance market, after being offered the job as best boy rigging grip on Paul Blart: Mall Cop, which filmed at the Burlington Mall. I have worked on many feature films since, including Surrogates, Grown Ups 1&2, That’s My Boy, RIPD, Edge of Darkness, American Hustle, and the soon-to-be-released The Sea of Trees and Joy, to name just a few.
My name is Dillon Mooney, and I have been working as a grip in the film industry for just under two years. I have lived in Massachusetts all my life and I love it; I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, because it is my home and it’s where my family is. I also love what I do. I take great pride in being a grip on set in Massachusetts. The film incentive allows me to do what I love and to do so in the state that I call home.
My name is Paul Heinzelmann. I have been quite fortunate to be able to provide medical services to film and TV productions since 2007. It’s become my favorite part of being a doctor. I have hired several other people to help me serve the hardworking members of this unique community.
We are Alyssa and Lindsay; we both grew up in Massachusetts (Cape Cod and Brookline, MA) and have made careers in the film industry over the past five years here. We met working on Moonrise Kingdom in 2011 and, last year, we got married and purchased a house in Medford, MA. We both feel so fortunate that we can live and work in the place where we grew up (doing the work we love!) and be close to our amazing friends, parents, siblings, and adorable niece and nephews.
Alyssa joined the DGA two years ago as an assistant director with her local designated as Boston, MA. She also works as a VFX coordinator with local company, Zero VFX. Lindsay is a member of IATSE Local 481 and works as a props assistant, on-set dresser, and doing SPFX.
Please keep the tax incentive so we can continue living, working, and being part of the Boston community that is our home!
My name is David Provenzano, and I have been working as a set lighting technician in Massachusetts for over a decade. My job allows me to provide for myself, and to stay close to my ailing father and my imminently expecting sister. (I’m so excited to become an uncle!)
A repeal of the film tax incentive would adversely effect the income of thousands of residents of our beautiful state. Additionally, it might force many of the men and women I work alongside on project after project to “follow” a tax incentive to another state that is benefiting from the huge amount of economic stimulus that film production can provide, such as Georgia or Louisiana. While those are both lovely places, they are not my home. Waltham, MA, is my home. I hope to live here, and make movies here, for a long, long time.
Thank you so much for your time, attention, and consideration.
My name is Alexander Enman. I have worked in the local film industry going on five years now. I’ve worked in post production, but currently make my living as a camera engineer at Rule Boston Camera. Working at Rule has shown me exactly how large an impact the film tax incentive has had on our industry. It’s as clear as day, especially when speaking with AC’s who work on everything from large-budget motion pictures to the smaller commercial productions.
I started in the industry working at small studios as a shooter and editor; I had a degree in English and an appetite for technical knowledge. I’ve shot concerts for Live Nation, worked on political campaigns, and have had the pleasure of meeting hundreds of amazing, talented people in New England. I grew up here, and currently live in Somerville. Boston has a work ethic like no other place I’ve been, and I’m proud to be a part of this thriving community.
I started working on films in 1978 at Chester Barley Films with Bestor Cram and Charles Mayer. I worked at WGBH Archives and now work as a producer/film preservation specialist at Leominster Telecommunications Corporation. I was lucky to work on a few small productions over the years that helped pay the bills. I also worked as an actor in the 90s and had a chance to see all aspects of production with some GREAT people and experience what production in the state did for the local economy. I LOVE the fact that Massachusetts is EMPLOYING many who would otherwise be out of work in the industry and I am looking forward to getting back into the active mix within the next few years. Praying that we can maintain our draw to major productions with the incentive remaining in place.
My name is Fritz, and I have been working in film and TV production since 2004. I grew up in Massachusetts after moving here from the Philippines in 1993. I still live in Massachusetts with my wife.
I have worked in numerous departments, but have focused on working as a grip/lighting technician. I have worked in grip and electric/lighting rental houses around Massachusetts to learn about the craft. I have traveled all over Massachusetts and discovered the wonderful locations that this state offers, thanks to the film and TV jobs that come here. A lot of productions come to this state because of the film tax incentive. There are very talented actors and crew who live in Massachusetts, whom I have been honored to work with.
It would be a pleasure to continue getting jobs in my home state of Massachusetts so I can go back home to my wife at the end of the work day. If I work here, I will spend money here for gas, food, equipment, etc. If the film tax incentive is eliminated, I will be forced to work in other states and will spend less time and money in Massachusetts. Please keep the film tax incentive so the cast and crews who live here don’t have a mass migration out of Massachusetts to other states. #SaveMAFilmJobs
My name is George McEachern. I am 58 years old and I have worked and payed taxes in the state of Massachusetts since the age of 15. I work in the film industry and depend on this job to pay my bills and mortgage. I have raised three children and put them through Massachusetts schools; I have also instilled in them the importance of getting a job, working hard, and paying your way in life. If the incentives are eliminated, it would have a major negative impact not only on my ability to support my household, but on thousands of others’ as well.
My name is Al. I have been working in the film industry since 2008. When I came on, I was struggling to support my family. This career has given my family stability that was needed.
My name is Harvey McNutt. I hadn’t had a steady job with insurance, health, and retirement until I joined IATSE Local 481 to work building sets. Now I have some retirement and steady work since the film incentives.
My name is Mike Dias. I have worked as a contractor/carpenter most of my life. The housing market took a bad turn several years back. I had some friends that had been working as carpenters for the film industry. I was lucky that they remained very busy through the housing crash, because they were hiring set construction workers. They hired me, and it has turned into a career for me.
My name is Mark Menard. I have been in construction my whole career. When the residential housing market turned bad, I was fortunate enough to join IATSE Local 481. Because of the film work, I was able to continue supporting myself and my family. That in turn put money back into the state’s economy.
My name is Josh Walsh. I have only been working in the film industry for about a year now. Before this job, I could barely support myself. The Massachusetts film incentives have given me hope and helped me gain confidence as a worker.
My name is Aaron Bouchard, and I work in the sound department. I have been fortunate that this state and its people have given me the opportunities that have helped me build my career. I have seen firsthand how productions large and small in Massachusetts benefit the towns and communities they visit. Filmmakers bring money and jobs into the state that may have never otherwise found their way here.
I may not be originally from here, but Massachusetts is my home, and I hope it always will be.
My name is K-C Roballo. I have been fortunate enough to work in stunts, as a medic, and as a grip. I’ve been blessed enough to work in the film industry for almost eight years. In that short time, I’ve met and worked with a multitude of amazing people, all with the same united goal: to provide for their families while working a job they enjoy in an industry that reaches millions.
I have held a plethora of jobs in my life — USMC from 1996-2000, firefighter, EMT, etc. — and just like in those fields, here in the film world there is a brotherhood and sense of family. There is a level of respect for each other that far surpasses what you would find in many other work places.
The film and television industry not only provides work for those of us fortunate enough to be working on the production, it also financially benefits local businesses both large and small. From the companies where building supplies are purchased to the mom-and-pop coffee shops where crews get their breakfast. And then there’s the excitement that hits a neighborhood when folks are allowed to hang out and watch the work that goes into making what they will later see on screen. Take a few moments the next time you watch a movie and view it ALL THE WAY through. Those seemingly random words at the end are just a fraction of the names of people who were able to provide for their families while working on the production you just enjoyed.
Along with my thoughts, I’ve included a picture of my family that I am able to support and provide for, on a vacation we were able to take because of the successful year I had working in this industry.
My name is Zach Miller. I have lived in Boston, MA, my whole life and I am proud to be a resident of the city. I went to college for communication and film in western Massachusetts; right after graduating, I took a job in Miami because it was difficult at the time to get into the film business here. After moving to three different cities in two years working as a freelance documentarian, I just finished working on my first feature with David O. Russell as an additional PA.
Because of the tax incentive, it was possible for me to move back to Boston and support myself through the worst winter and on into the spring. I hope the tax incentive stays so local businesses can keep benefiting from it. After my time spent on set, I now understand how many local people, businesses, and families it supports. Without it, where will we all go? Say no to taking the tax incentive away! #boston #savemafilm
My name is David Rickson. I am a working scenic artist and taxpaying member of my community. I am the provider of our single-income household. If the film industry left Massachusetts, it would be devastating to my family and, as a result, I would no longer be contributing as a taxpaying citizen of our commonwealth. This is not just a job, it’s a profession.
Killing the tax incentive is shortsighted. Over a thousand well-paying jobs would be lost, and I don’t think the ripple effect that would have is being thoroughly considered.
I’m Kimmie Johnson and I’ve been working in this industry since 2006. I work as an assistant production office coordinator on feature films and television shows. I work as a producer and casting director, hiring actors and crew for local commercials.
With cast and crew opps, I connect people to jobs. I locally secure people, equipment, and locations, supporting this incredible film community. This is my livelihood. I’ve lived in Massachusetts my whole life, as have my parents and grandparents; I never want to leave my home state.
If the incentive goes away, so does work for me. I have no backup plan or other field to work in. I love what I do and helping hundreds of people get work and pursue their dreams of a career in this industry just like me.