Does Massachusetts have what it takes to become a big star in the film industry?
Beryl C.D. Lipton poses the question in a well-crafted feature in yesterday's Harvard Crimson called "Projected Benefits."
“There’s always been—not a love/hate relationship—but a push-and-pull between Hollywood and Boston,” says Paul Sherman, author of the book “Big Screen Boston,” to the Crimson. “There are obvious reasons that have made Boston not necessarily one of Hollywood’s favorite locations.”
In the arts feature, Lipton focuses on the economic viability of sustaining an industry that was almost non-existent two years ago until the 25 percent tax credit for in-state spending was enacted in 2006.
One reader points out a valid flaw in the "build it and they will come" mentality of luring filmmakers to the state. "What is the end game? If the incentives work and film flourishes in the state and infrastructure follows to sustain the boom, when do the taxpayers stop underwriting the project," questions Wiredeye.
The debate continues: "When and if that happens, why won't filmmakers abandon the state for another with continuing incentives?"
Also, CommonWealth Magazine did an excellent job deconstructing the economic ramifications of using the tax break to lure filmmakers in an article called "Subsidizing the stars."
Click here for the lowdown.