Filmmaking / Directing : The Business In Boston by Tim Davis

Tim Davis

The Business In Boston

There's a lot happening in the industry outside New York and Los Angeles. My home away from home, Boston, MA has seen a huge input of production over the past decade and Chuck Slavin has been involved in many of those shows. Chuck is not only a seasoned industry pro, he's been an advocate and champion for the tax credits which attract productions to these fair New England shores. In this interview, Chuck talks about the Boston production scene along with some practical wisdom about networking and etiquette on set. Enjoy: http://wp.me/p4CT0X-fi

From The Broom To The Boom: An Interview With Chuck Slavin
From The Broom To The Boom: An Interview With Chuck Slavin
There's a lot happening in the entertainment industry outside of Los Angeles and New York. One American city that's become a hotbed of production over the past 10 plus years is beautiful Boston, MA. A…
JD Hartman

Tax credits to create jobs is not s sustainable model. When they get cut, so do the industry jobs for locals, soundstages close, local economy suffers, un-employment rises. Ask the good people of Michigan and Pa. how it worked out for them. You can't legislate film jobs into being and being totally realistic, other than productions that are shot mostly on soundstages, film goes where the sun is. That's why the southeast has been getting more work.

Tim Davis

We talk about Michigan on the show. The tax credits have enabled the Boston area film/TV industry to sustain and grow for over 10 years. The goal, as we discuss, though is to get the industry in the area to the point where they don't have to rely solely on the tax credits for the jobs.

JD Hartman

It's a fairy tale. All tax credits do is pull work from one part of the country to another. When it's cheaper to shoot in N. Carolina, they shoot in N. Carolina. It's doing nothing to stem the tide of runaway production to Canada or even worse, eastern Europe and now S. Africa.

Tim Davis

Um, with respect, our whole industry is a fairy tale. Every screenwriter, director, producer etc is up against pretty impossible odds just to get something made anywhere. Still we persevere and chances are those who say "fuck it, we're going to do it anyway" are the ones that succeed. Tax credits or not. Look, you don't like it - fine. But despite the cynicism, my interview here is with someone here who has made a living and works with many others who make are making a living in the entertainment outside of NY & LA. And they continue to do so. And production into Canada has been on a steady decline over the past several by significant percentages as well.

JD Hartman

Maybe Canada isn't thriving as it once was (happy to hear that), but they've still built new soundstages to try and suck more work out of the US. Every Canadian province has some form of tax credits. State tax credits are little more than politicians pandering to yet another special interest group. And tax credits in Tax-a-chusetts?? If I were a taxpayer in Mass., I'd be plenty pissed. Might as well legalize casino gambling, better odds of a payoff.

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