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.