Category Archives: Production Manager

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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.

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My name is Cindy Gengras, and I’ve been fortunate to be a working member of the Boston film community for the past 25 years. I’m a producer/production manager working on commercials, photo shoots, and mixed media projects. I love what I do, and it puts a smile on my face every work morning when I wake up. We work very hard and, yes, there are some days that are tougher to face than others….but, in the end, it’s all good in so many ways.

Our business touches so many aspects of the Massachusetts economy that if we made a film to cover it all, you’d be watching something akin to the seven-part John Adams mini-series. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do in life — this is it! — and it all came together here in Massachusetts.

Film work in this state has made so much possible for our family — my husband, son, and myself — including owning a home and putting our son through college. The film tax incentive has effected a monumental change in the Massachusetts film industry; it touches and enhances so many people and businesses of every shape and size. Let’s keep moving in THIS direction.

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My name is Rob Vater, snf I’m a North Shore native living in Wakefield, MA. I am also production manager at Redtree Productions and a graduate of Fitchburg State University. As a student, one of the best feelings was to learn that not only could I stay in state to get my education in production, but — thanks to the film tax incentives — I could also stay here in Massachusetts to build my career. Since graduating, I’ve been able to work full-time in the field I love, with many talented people, friends, and fellow alumni.

If we lose the film tax incentive, not only will the films, commercials, and television shows go elsewhere, but our graduates and a lot of working-class families will leave as well. This incentive isn’t essential for “Hollywood,” it’s essential for us, all of the working-class people who make a life and career out of production. Film = Jobs

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My name is Andy Boucher. I went to Emerson College and I have lived in Massachusetts my entire life. I have worked at High Output, a Massachusetts-based production services provider, for the past ten years. During my time as production manager there, I have seen the positive impact the film tax incentive has had for our company in increased revenues, which has in turn caused an increase in spending to support our customers. We’ve put more equipment, vehicles, and people to work because of it. I know this is true not only for High Output, but for the entire local community. It is amazing to think about the scope of the growth that has occurred over the past few years since the incentive was put in place. From the services and equipment for which productions used to have to go out of state now being offered locally, to the increased size and talent of the local labor offerings, the Massachusetts film community has really stepped up to be a first-class production hub.

During my time at High Output, I have also worked on location as an electric — not only on feature films, but also on commercials and television projects, many of which I know would not have shot here if it weren’t for the film tax incentive. There are so many Massachusetts-based companies. Wouldn’t it be great if they all shot their commercials in Massachusetts? If the incentive goes away, so will many films, television shows, and commercials. The damage would be real. Real revenue. Real businesses. Real jobs.

Keep the financial and job growth in Massachusetts — support the production incentive!

 

save-ma-film-jobs_0018My name is Megan Blake. Growing up in Los Angeles with both parents working in the film industry there, I knew I would someday do the same. In 2008, I moved to Boston to go back to school after having worked in the business in Los Angeles for five years. As graduation approached, I assumed I would move back, but my parents encouraged me to stay here and look for work, since the jobs in California had dried up a bit (no tax incentive). I started getting jobs as a graphic designer on shows being filmed here in Massachusetts. That was three years ago, and in that short time I was able to help my then-boyfriend, Ryan Blake, get started in the business in the production department. He has been able to move up in that department and work on smaller films as a film composer, his dream position.

Ryan and I are now married with a six-week old baby boy. Having work here is essential for our family and life. Ryan grew up in Massachusetts and has plenty of family nearby. Without the film tax incentive, we may be forced to uproot our budding life and move away from family and friends in order to stay gainfully employed in this creative industry.

Working in production, Ryan has learned about the numerous vendors that have a lot to gain from movies shooting in town. From restaurants serving up their biggest customer of the day — our production office — to office supply companies bringing in weekly gigantic orders (WB Mason, Staples), grocery stores, printing offices, shipping companies, rental car agencies and audio/video rental facilities (Rule, Talamas, etc.), there are scores of businesses that thrive when films are shooting in Massachusetts. Our business grows businesses.

One of my top vendors, Cambridge Reprographics, has told me they love it when a film is shooting in town because their production and revenue skyrocket. They have expanded and purchased additional equipment to keep up with the amount of work our projects send their way. If Hollywood stopped sending projects to the wonderful, versatile Commonwealth of Massachusetts, it would not be only the local crew members and their families that would suffer. The plethora of other establishments where film productions spend money locally would also be drastically affected. The economy of all of New England would suffer tremendously, and there is no denying it. By having the film tax incentive in Massachusetts, we are all able to thrive economically.

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My name is Sean Doyle. My wife Ruth and I are both Massachusetts natives. I’ve been working in the film industry in Massachusetts since 2006. In that time, I’ve produced six indie films, two reality TV pilots, and, most recently, was the unit production manager on a narrative spec pilot in the fall of 2013.

Prior to working in the film industry, I spent 15 years working in finance for Merrill Lynch, John Hancock, Eaton Vance, and others. I have brokered tax credits in the past. I was able to leave my previous unsatisfying career and chase my dream of working in film and TV, specifically because of the Massachusetts film tax incentives.

On studio and network projects alone, I’ve handled budgets totaling well over $5 million, spanning construction, art department, picture cars, and others.  I can absolutely, positively, without a shadow of doubt, tell you that the Massachusetts Film Tax Credit WORKS. It employs people; it allows vendors to employ people; it puts a great deal of liquid assets in the pockets of local vendors; and, frankly, in the case of my wife and me…it allows people to do what they’ve always wanted to do.

 

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My name is Carly Norton, and I am a production manager in Boston. I started as an intern at a local production company in 2004 and have worked consistently (and sometimes exhaustingly) on commercial shoots since then, being freelance for the past eight-plus years.

I see the money go directly into the community, whether it be renting homes, businesses, parks, or schools for locations; patronizing prop houses, costume shops, and local stores for art and wardrobe; hiring caterers or visiting local restaurants for crew lunches and client dinners; booking hotel rooms for out of town producers/directors/talent; contracting with camera, grip, sound, and lighting houses for equipment; or renting vehicles from independent van and truck rentals. Plus, there are the daily wages that go to the local hardworking crew and talent.

There is no question that the tax incentives have helped the Massachusetts economy by not only keeping our Boston-based production companies extremely busy, but bringing LA and NY production companies to town, where they spend their budgets in our local communities.

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Hi, my name is Josh Levine and I work as a freelance production manager. I’ve been working in the industry since late 2011 when I made a career change from accounting to television production. In college, I stuck it out with business school for practicality, but I always knew in my heart that I wanted to work in the film industry. The growing Massachusetts film and television industry have given me the opportunity to pursue my dream career, without the gamble of moving across the country. Sadly, if the Massachusetts film tax incentives go away and business dries up, I’ll be forced to move to one of the other cities that has job opportunities for someone with my qualifications.

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My name is Tiffany Kinder, a Los Angeles native who has been working as a location manager in feature films and television for more than 19 years. In 2007, I moved to the Boston area to further my career in film. I now serve as the studio production manager of Red Sky Studios in Allston, MA, and I assist in sales for Red Herring Motion Picture Lighting in North Attleboro, MA.

It is great knowing that Red Sky Studios has the local support, through other local Boston-based businesses and resources, to meet all of our clients’ production needs.

The commercials, movies, and television shows brought to Massachusetts by this incentive provide a living for many people, reaching far beyond crew members (like my husband and friends), and boosting revenue for an untold number of local businesses, like restaurants, caterers, furniture stores, hotels, steel fabricators, media supply outfits, production companies, advertising agencies, talent agencies, delis, hardware stores, clothing stores, mom and pop shops, city halls, town halls, preserves, farms, and so many more.

We work with the best freelance crews in the area and maintain a modest staff of seven who are familiar with all aspects of film and photography. I am proud to be a part of a company supporting the future of film in Boston!

Since moving to the East Coast, Boston has grown into the place I call home. My son, who is five-and-a-half, attends school in Medfield, MA, where we reside. He too has expressed wanting to go into film, just like his mom and dad.

The pictures you see are of some of the Red Herring MPL crew, our lights on the set of Black Mass, a local car dealership commercial at Red Sky Studios, and my son and me on our horse Henry.

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