IATSE Local 481

New England Studio Mechanics

Proudly representing technicians, artisans, and craftspeople in the motion picture industry in New England since 1989.

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These days, the streets of Worcester in front of Gramo's pizza shop look more like the streets of Hollywood. Crews from the upcoming action-thriller "Honest Thief" starring actor Liam Neeson filmed some scenes in downtown Worcester on Monday. read more
Boston (WHDH) - If you're a resident of Boston's Dorchester neighborhood, you may have noticed snow-covered streets and sidewalks on Friday. Don’t fret, winter has not yet arrived. The small snowbanks near Pleasant Street and Sawyer Avenue are artificial and the product of a Mark Wahlberg movie production. Wahlberg, a native of Dorchester, is in town filming "Wonderland." read more
Georgia measures the full economic impact of its tax credit. It calculates both direct revenue from productions — the camera crews, local actors, filming locations, as well as indirect benefits — restaurants and coffee shops, moving companies, beauty salons and more. Here in Massachusetts, there is no report detailing the full economic impact. read more
When a major motion picture films in your neighborhood the most obvious benefits are financial. For Patriots Day, which filmed in eight locations in Malden in May 2016, the city received about $200,000. Tens of thousands more went to residents. Local businesses were compensated when the film crew used their buildings to shoot a scene, park their cars, or eat their meals. read more
Six major motion pictures have filmed scenes in Malden since 2013. Here is a rundown of the titles and filming locations, followed by some examples of how the city has spent its newfound movie money. read more
Local Prop Warehouse is an example of how the Motion Picture Tax Incentive is helping to grow an industry. read more
A Framingham security agency makes more than $1 million a year servicing one activity: the filming of Hollywood blockbusters, including "Spotlight," "Black Mass," and "American Hustle." read more
“The Finest Hours,” which was filmed in Chatham, Cohasset, Duxbury, Marshfield, Norwell and Quincy during the summer and fall of 2014, bought or rented goods and services from more than 1,300 Massachusetts businesses in 155 cities and towns during the time it filmed in the state. The crew spent $1.7 million on hotel rooms and created scores of jobs, and boosted tourism, the group said. read more
Please use the link provided to urge your senator to watch this video about the positive impact of the film and television production incentive. read more
Officials announced the city and area businesses are being paid $330,000 by the movie production crew -- which includes a $30,000 negotiated donation that will help make downtown Lawrence cleaner. read more
Recently, furniture and materials were donated to, Room 13 Boston, an innovative, youth arts program located at the Excell High School in South Boston. According to Amy Raymond, Room 13 Boston Artist in Residence (see photo), “Donations will enable students in our construction and metal shop classes to get off to a great start this fall.” read more
“The Finest Hours,” which wrapped up filming with a week in Chatham, depicts the true-life rescue of 32 men aboard the Pendleton in 1952, when waves from a severe nor'easter snapped the 503-foot tanker in two. read more
While the latest report from the state Department of Revenue indicated that most of the spending attributed to the Massachusetts film tax credit in 2012 went out of state, proponents of the initiative say that an increasing number of locally filmed productions have spread out beyond Boston, helping small businesses and tourism in the suburbs from Lincoln to Quincy to Saugus. read more
Local crew working behind the scenes on motion pictures are showcased by Andrea Shea in a series on WBUR's "The Artery". read more

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IATSE Local 481
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Woburn, MA 01801

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