Category Archives: Sound Engineer

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My name is Chris, and I’ve been doing sound in its various flavors and varieties in Massachusetts for almost 30 years now.

As an entrepreneur and studio owner, the production credit has helped to keep me in business. I don’t have just one job; I work on several projects over the course of a year.

Much of what I earn does not qualify directly for the production credit, but a lot of work now finds me because I happen to be based here. We have such a large, competent, and mature workforce in all aspects of film and media production that the state has become a draw unto itself. While other states may have incentives in place, most do not have such a large pool of great people available to work, and that gives us a distinct edge. Further, the kind of work we have seen over the past few years has resulted in some incredibly talented people deciding to make the Commonwealth their home — which, in turn, brings in even more business.

In my almost-30 years in town, I’ve gone to college, raised a family (five kids, two of whom are in college now), renovated houses in Melrose and Roslindale, and bought more than a couple of cars — all while growing my business to accommodate the work that is flowing in.

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My name is Nicholas Williamson, and I’m a sound engineer living in Wakefield, MA. I have been running sound for about four years now and I love every second of it. Boston has been my home for 23 years, and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else — especially when it comes to working in production. After I graduated, I felt like I could go anywhere in the world with my degree, but the only place I wanted to be was my home town of Boston. We are “Boston Strong” and we will not stand down as our right to be passionate about our profession is taken away from us!

 

11042170_10203359049330939_634163589_nI am Joe Cooke, a local sound engineer. I have been freelancing film work in Massachusetts since I graduated from Boston University Center for Digital Imaging and Arts five years ago. It’s finally to the point where I haven’t had to hold a random part-time job to just scrape by.

The more film work that we can bring to this state will not only keep all of the movie industry people around here gainfully employed, but it will also help to drive local economies. Wherever you shoot a movie there must be housing, food, rentals, and a myriad of various other costs that will go directly into the local businesses around the production location.

If we lose the tax incentive, I personally lose the countless hours I have been putting into local projects and networking. I will have to move to another state that is film friendly, and be back to square one as far as my professional contacts.

I was born and raised in Massachusetts, and do not want to be forced into a move to accommodate the career that has chosen me. We have some of the best educational facilities in this state for learning the film industry, and I don’t understand why we would educate all these motivated and industrious people, just to tell us all to go elsewhere for work.

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