My name is Charles. Thank God for the film tax incentive. Should it ever go away, life will be a struggle.
I have been a welder for more than 40 years and have seen lots of things, but nothing compares to The Finest Hours. This one job site employed nearly a hundred people for six or more months. More than five hundred tons of steel were purchased, along with several welding machines and tons of accessories. The production paid for excavation, concrete, carpentry, electrical, artistry, rigging, laborers, rentals, and famous actors (it’s always exciting to have them around).
These are just the purchases that were obvious to me, and all the money stayed in Massachusetts. I know this because one time, during the building of the set, some huge parts needed to be machined and they couldn’t find a machine shop in Massachusetts. They were upset with the fact that it might have to go out of state, to New York or something. I was able to help because I knew of a machine shop in Lowell that could handle it and they did. I was glad to help, but the relief to the movie people was that they got to do it in Massachusetts.
Now I don’t know the amount of money spent off site or on site and the hundreds of people involved on site and off site, but I do know this: none of this would be put in this state of Massachusetts without the film tax incentive. Thank God for the film tax incentive, creating jobs.