According to reporter Saba Hamedy of the LA Times, Massachusetts’ 25% film tax credit is proving a draw for a number of productions, enough so that boosters are tossing around the term ‘Hollywood East’ to highlight its successes. That bragging has some reality to it as the Bay State had 21 features film in 2013, double the number of 2011.
The LA Times reporter offers up Desi Van Til’s $4 million feature “Tumbledown” as an example of the tax credit’s draw. The filmmaker had considered Maine, where the story is set, but that state’s tax credit proved too small. New York with its 30% credit was tempting, we learn, but other costs proved too high.
“American Hustle”, “Ted” and “Captain Philips” were some recent features that took advantage of the tax credit as well as the expanding base of competent crews and attractions such as the recently built New England Studios stages.
You can find the full LA Times article here.