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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!

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My name is Aileen Sovronsky, and I have had the honor of working in the film business in Massachusetts for the last 25 years. I love what I do and I love living in Boston. I work on television commercials, television shows, and movies. I work in the art department as an art director, set decorator, art department buyer, and prop master.

We own a home in Dorchester and have raised two sons while working in the film business in Massachusetts. My children both went to Boston Public Schools and are now entering and completing college respectively. A big part of my job is to spend money on props and items to “dress” sets. This is money spent at local businesses, big and small. Our community has cultivated great relationships with vendors, and many of them count on the work brought to them as a direct result of the film tax incentive.

Our film community is a hardworking, dedicated “family” who support and care about each other. It will be crushing if the tax incentive is taken away. A thriving and successful industry will be destroyed, leaving many families in its wake.

Film=Jobs.

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My name is Steven Brennan, and I have been proudly working in the film industry for the past three decades. I was born in Arlington, MA, and I attended UMass Amherst. It was there I decided to set my sights on a career in the film industry. Upon graduation, I headed west to California in a VW camper. This was the first of many crossings. It wasn’t long before I found myself back on the East Coast. Ironically, I got my start in Harvard Square, Cambridge. There was a television pilot working out of an office there, and an interview led to my first job. The pilot was picked up and led to a series that was surprisingly shot in Boston. I was able to work in the film industry here in Massachusetts, my home state.

It wasn’t always like that. In the years that followed, film work came and went and, with it, so did I. For some fifteen years, I lived in New Orleans, Los Angeles, New York and all that lay between. I made an attempt at one point to stay put in Boston during that time. I bought a condo in Charlestown. It was a down year for film in Massachusetts that year, well before any tax incentive was put in place, so my condo went back on the market. I also went back on the road.

At the time I could have stayed in Los Angeles, but the pull to return home to Boston kept me from establishing any roots. Soon, film work was hard to find anywhere in the States. Producers were finding more profitable opportunities in Canada and Europe. Canada was off limits to most of us working in the States. It was beginning to look like the film industry in general would be lost in the US. 

Massachusetts was one of many states that offered film productions a tax incentive, coaxing those productions to return to American soil. Today, it is rare to hear of a movie going to Canada or Eastern Europe.

Personally, I was able to come back to Massachusetts where I bought a home. My father still lives in the house where I grew up. My sisters live here. I’m hoping to stay here.

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My name is Jessica Ginsberg. I was raised in Massachusetts and returned to Massachusetts after graduating college. Before working in the film industry — and before the art programs at our school were cut — I taught art in the Boston Public School System for two years.

After working on a few independent shorts as a production designer, I quickly realized this was the career move I wanted to make. I worked on many commercials, first as an art PA, then as a set dresser and toy stylist. Working in the art department allows me to shop at small local businesses and support the economy. I have worked with vintage stores, local fabricators, and many other vendors in Massachusetts. Eliminating the Massachusetts film tax incentive would negatively affect not only my fellow crew members and me, but all of the local businesses that contribute to commercials, television, and movie productions as well.

In January, I officially joined IATSE Local 481, and have since worked on commercials, films, and television shows. I feel like I have my whole career ahead of me, thanks to the film tax incentive! I was recently married, and my husband and I would love to buy a house in Massachusetts in the near future and settle down in the state we love. However, if the film tax incentive is taken away, it could jeopardize my job, as well as my hopes of becoming a homeowner in Massachusetts and continuing to call it my home. Please consider how this change could negatively affect all of the hardworking and talented individuals in our industry and the businesses that contribute their goods and services.

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My name is Jennifer Gerbino. I am a prop master, production designer, and  New Bedford, MA, resident. I have worked as a union film worker since 2002 and, of those 13 years, all but a handful were spent on Massachusetts-based productions. I am very fortunate to have found an industry that lets me support my hometown’s economy, my friends’ businesses, and the state where I choose to live.

As a prop master, I command a yearly spending budget of anywhere between $500,000 to a million dollars. I am confident in saying that I spend 75% of that money in the state of Massachusetts. I also know that without the film tax incentive, I would not be a prop master, production designer, or New Bedford, MA, resident. I own the house I was obsessed with as a child. I own a car I bought in the next town over. I am lucky enough to spend my earnings on house repairs, dinners out, local artists, and businesses.

Any cap or elimination of film tax incentive will ruin the community I have been so proud to be part of these past 13 years. The jobs I hope for will never come, and I and the people I work with will suffer. The tax incentive means jobs, it means the support of local business, and it means a future for me.

11071749_358019011049764_1391229750029805730_nMy name is Scott Beagle, and I’m a taxpayer in Massachusetts. My film work as a grip and prop maker is my bread and butter. I have a family to support. If the film work goes away, so will my taxable income to Massachusetts.

 

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I’m Lisa and I work in props on films, commercials and TV. I love what I do and I love where I live.

I hit the ground running working in the film industry in New England as soon as I graduated Emerson College in 1992.  I met my would-be husband, Jake, in 1994 and we supported each other as we cobbled together careers working in film.  We purchased a condo in Roxbury in 2005; the same year that the film tax incentive was implemented in Massachusetts.  Though Jake had begun battling cancer, he worked as a rigging grip and as a vital part of the film community with full throttle zeal.  Because of the film tax incentive, we were each blissfully busy with work, so we didn’t sweat medical bills or the mortgage.  When Jake’s health worsened, our New England film community rallied around us in an extraordinary fashion.  I suffered no financial grief when Jake passed away because our incomes were so steady.  I felt fortunate to be able to jump back into the stream of films and commercials, working alongside the strong base of talented and hard-working film technicians that this state boasts.  I relish working in this business not only because I love my craft but because I love all the crew members I’ve come to know throughout the years working together, and I enjoy checking out the variety of locations this region offers.  I also appreciate interacting with the many local vendors that have become an integral part of the Massachusetts film infrastructure that the tax incentive has built.
If the film tax incentive is phased out of Massachusetts, I worry that a family in our community  facing a serious health issue or similar hardship will suffer profoundly because of financial insecurity.  The film tax incentive supports a huge community of passionate, hard-working families.  I can’t imagine bearing witness to flat-lining the film community.

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We’re Jesse and Aimee, a pair of native New Englanders who’ve built a life together in Massachusetts over the past decade thanks to the thriving film, television, and commercial landscape.

Aimee works in the prop department, shopping all over the state. Part of her job is to take the money allotted to the prop department and spend it at local businesses. Over the years, antique stores, fabricators, and a large assortment of other Massachusetts vendors have benefited directly from just her job.

I, Jessie, work in the electric department. I studied film at Boston University and never thought I would have the opportunity to build my dream career in Massachusetts. I’ve worked my way from the rental house floor to gaffer thanks to the opportunities the tax credit has created. It’s given me the opportunity to pursue my dreams and still be close to my family.

We met on set in Cape Cod back in 2007. At that time, we both lived in Rhode Island. When Rhode Island decided to cap their incentive, all of our work went away. So we turned to Massachusetts. We moved and made a home here. If it weren’t for the tax credits there’s no way we could stay here in Massachusetts, close to our loved ones. We’ve seen firsthand the transformative effect the FTC has had in our lives and the lives of the thousands of others local film industry supports.

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