Take 2 Dec-Jan 2018

Carol Patton celebrating the season with Bestor Cram at Northern Light Productions Party at Middlesex Lounge. An IMAGINE Photo.

To date, 2017 has been a stellar year for our production industry; it’s the best year ever!

We have much to celebrate and I’ve been doing my fair share attending holiday parties hosted by the Massachusetts Production Coalition, Bestor Cram of Northern Light Productions, Tom Sprague of National Boston and at the very Christmassy home of Terri and Jeff Rosica; he is the President of Avid Technology.

I had the delight of lunching with the Mass Film Office Executive Director Lisa Strout and Deputy Director Tim Grafft, and also on another occasion, with Susan Nelson, Executive Director of SAG-AFTRA to discuss the new SAG-AFTRA Regional Commercial Code (see article in this issue). And I was able to spend the better part of a day at New England Studios where Studios 1 – 4 and all the mill space are in use by Hulu’s TV series Castle Rock and the third floor production facilities are occupied by Chris Lang’s I’M NOT YOUR DAUGHTER in Pre- Production along with producer Mark Donadio and co-producer Erin Cole.

IMAGINE’s Shooting Star is Ava Fratus, the young star of the film SNOWLAKE. She was born to perform. Photo courtesy of Goldilocks Productions.

So, the celebrations are on! But, there is one more; and you will not want to miss it. It’s IMAGINE’s Industry New Year’s Celebration & “Imaginnaire” Awards Gala! Your invitation is in this issue, which has become our Women Who Work in the Industry edition. The “Year of the Woman” has unfolded in a most unique way and as you can see, we’ve celebrated that here. We do so with our “Imaginnaire” all women slate as well.

Accomplished and varied, you’ll want to meet all of them. Here are our honorees to be the award recipients of “Imaginnaire” and “Shooting Star” awards on January 9, 2018, 7 – 10pm at Venezia.

SAG-AFTRA Director of Contracts and Member Services Jessica Maher, Carol Patton and SAG-AFTRA Member President Michele Proude at the December MPC meeting at The District. An IMAGINE Photo.

Massachusetts Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante, a mega supporter of Film Tax Credits.

Rhode Island Film & TV Office’s Carol Conley, Assistant to Executive Director Steve Feinberg.

Boston Casting Director Lisa Lobel and Founder of its Performance Center.

WIFVNE’s Juliet Schneider, who went the extra mile to save Women in Film/Video for New England.

IMAGINE’s “Shooting Star” is Ava Fratus, a very young woman born to perform.

I will be telling you more about this talented and dedicated group of “Imaginnaire” honorees and their exciting presenters in the days ahead. Watch for my notes in your inbox and be sure you RSVP and attend this popular event to meet them and cheer them for their accomplishments and to share in the networking for a great 2018.

This star-studded event has an exciting venue this year – the exquisite Venezia on the water in the Port Norfolk section of Boston, it overlooks the Boston Harbor with sweeping views of the Boston Skyline, an unmatched waterfront view and a welcoming atmosphere. And there is plenty of free parking.

I visited Mass Film Office Executive Director Lisa Strout and Deputy Director Tim Grafft in their new home on Blackstone Street in Boston. We grabbed lunch at the Boston Public Kitchen and this selfie as well. Photo by Tim Grafft.

This festive evening brings together our industry professionals for celebrating and networking. Many of our Corp of “Imaginnaires” will attend and it is my favorite evening of the year when I get to see all of you. Something magical always happens when you put this much talent in one room.

Make your reservation now. Your attendance is vital to our continued work here at IMAGINE, and includes your IMAGINE subscription for 2018. Proceeds from the party help us underwrite the incredible outreach we provide for our industry to the rest of the world. We champion our industry and promote our locations, film tax credits and the crew depth and our skilled talent acting pool. We do this by frequently shipping thousands of copies to major national industry events filled with stories and advertising from New England. We do this so that studio executives, major producers, networks, talent and commercial agencies can see what New England has to offer the industry. In these special editions we include an ad that extols the virtues of our attractive film tax credits and our desire to bring the work back here.

AFM was a total success for IMAGINE. Met up with Lisa Reilly (Reel Entrepreneur Studios) and Kristen Lucas (Goldilocks Productions). An IMAGINE Photo.

It’s a heavy lift and we are always in need of underwriting for this effort. IMAGINE has always been more than a magazine – it’s a movement accelerating the success of our industry.

Go to www.imaginenews.com and click on our party button to reserve your ticket. Remember, starting, renewing or extending your subscription includes our magical 2018 New Year’s Industry Celebration & “Imaginnaire” Awards Gala. It’s our gift to our readers and members of our production community who engage. Your participation will greatly support the work we do at IMAGINE, which I remind is to promote our industry and protect our Film Tax Credits, which IMAGINE introduced in 2002.

This December I am looking back at all the extraordinary happenings in New England that are too numerous to mention here, but the amount of work has exceeded thirty-four major productions including the ten episode Castle Rock TV series, Frankie Shaw’s SMILF, EQUALIZER 2, PROUD MARY, I FEEL PRETTY, DADDY’S HOME 2, SLENDER MAN and THE CATCHER WAS A SPY to name only a few.

Carol visiting New England Studios catches up with I’M NOT YOUR DAUGHTER Producer Mark Donadio, Carol Patton, Co-Producer Erin Cole and Director Chris Lang in pre-production. An IMAGINE Photo.

2018 looks extremely promising. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s TV pilot, A City on the Hill (I feel strongly about it) looks to begin shooting in April, SMILF has renewed and will be back, and there is no reason to believe Castle Rock won’t be back for a second season.

It is, for the twentieth time for me to thank everyone who reads and supports IMAGINE and our Industry in New England. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I look forward to seeing you on January 9, 2018 for another magical evening.

I wish everyone a Healthy, Happy, Creative and Satisfyingly Prosperous New Year!



Carol Patton and National Boston’s Chief Engineer Tom Sprague chat for a moment and toast 2018. An IMAGINE Photo.
Publisher Carol Patton and ELEMENT Founder/CEO Eran Lobel at a photo shoot for IMAGINE. Photo by Carolyn Ross.
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Take 2 October 2017

Our AFM Special Edition is packed with film projects in many different states for production from concept to completion here in New England. Each would like to find their special “needs and wants” at this year’s AFM held at the Loews Beach Resort Hotel in Santa Monica. This will be the largest independent film market on the globe with over 8,000 professionals attending from all over the world.

And get this, over $3 Billion in deals will be sealed in eight days. Imagine that! I look forward to it every year and have never been disappointed.

IMAGINE Magazines are distributed at this major industry event right along-side of Variety and Hollywood Reporter. We really score big for our advertisers, our region, and the projects we select to be seen in this issue representing New England.

Last year SWEENEY KILLING SWEENEY starring Steve Sweeney was included in our slate of New England films in our 2016 AFM edition. The film was still in concept mode. Now I’m happy to report that SWEENEY KILLING SWEENEY, Executive Produced by Dennis Serpone, has just recently wrapped and is now in post-production.

We also featured ANNABELLE HOOPER AND THE GHOSTS OF NANTUCKET. The film is now in international distribution and we are once again spotlighting ANNABELLE HOOPER 2, a sequel in development along with a slate from Paul Serafini and Angelina Pictures based in Concord, MA. Read about them in this issue.

“Along for the Ride” creator Lisa Reilly is now in LA along with the powerful stories she collected while driving for LYFT to offset her production company expenses. She and her story attended AFM in 2016. I really encourage anyone, in this business that can to attend this opportunity each fall.

There is no getting around the fact that this edition is one of our most important examples of outreach that IMAGINE continues since its inception. We get the word out. When we send our stories to the likes of AFM, we greatly enrich our region and our region’s connection to the industry. Read all about the special projects we have chosen for Hollywood limelight in this edition.

I just have to recall one of our first AFM editions that we took there. I ran into Dorothy Aufiero. It was the year 2000; IMAGINE was only two and a half years old. Under her arm was a project for motion picture. It was called THE FIGHTER. It took Dot a long time to develop that story into a motion picture – ten years, in fact. But, she did. She did it in Massachusetts and the show won two Oscars and eighty-eight other awards!

Since then she has produced THE FINEST HOURS and PATRIOTS DAY. I cannot wait to see what my friend Dorothy Aufiero does next.

Our cover story for this issue is exceptionally important for our industry in Massachusetts. The Commonwealth hasn’t had a major TV series since Spenser for Hire! Oh yes, Dorothy A. worked on that too along with our current MA Film Office Executive Director, Lisa Strout and countless others who were here in the ‘80s. In fact Lisa put me onto the subject of Robin Sweet, producing Castle Rock for Hulu Originals in conjunction with Warner Bros at New England Studios and on location in the wonderful town of Orange, Massachusetts. I hope you enjoy this story as much as I did collecting it. And imagine, Robin has lived in Concord, MA for nine years….

Fall is flying by and before we know it, I say this every year, it will 2018. Thinking of that reminds me to remind you to Save the Date! The IMAGINE Industry New Year’s Celebration & “Imaginnaire” Awards Gala will be held on the second Tuesday of the New Year: Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Save the Date!

I had the great pleasure of taking another industry group to the Berkshires for a visit with Doug and Julia Trumbull at Trumbull Studios. Everyone oohed and awed as always at the amazing work that is being done there vis a vis Douglas Trumbull’s Magi Project: shooting at 120fps, editing and post-producing at the same rate and screening at 120fps in his geodesic dome shaped Magi Pod – this will change forever how we see what is on the silver screen. The results will take your breath away.

I’d like to draw attention to Mick Cusimano’s ImagineNation cartoon this month. He joined our fi rst trip to Trumbull Studios and has created this remembrance.

Jan Haughey’s Media Resource Expo is the best place to catch up with broadcast technology and old friends at a well-run conference. It’s so enjoyable. IMAGINE was an exhibitor. It was held in Westborough, MA this year at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel. There was a great deal to do and no one went hungry. Ice cream in the late afternoon along with $500 door prizes! Well done Jan, Pam, and your team.

IMAGINE has often interfaced with Berklee College of Music of the years, including one time when a Berklee student agreed to come to Nantucket and play for our IMAGINE House Champagne Brunch honoring New England screen writers and fi lmmakers. It was absolutely terrifi c except for one small little detail. In transport from Boston to Nantucket, the airline lost the group’s bass fi ddle. How do you lose a bass fi ddle you ask? I don’t know how it happened, but it was easy to fi nd – on Martha’s Vineyard, of course. The situation was remedied and the show went on. Now that I think of it, producer Dorothy Aufi ero was there, too.

I was reminded of that little story because I just enjoyed a splendid evening as an AVID invited guest to the Berklee College of Music 23rd Annual Encore Gala, a wonderful benefi t for Berklee City Music at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. It consisted of a reception and a star studded dinner program featuring Rickey Minor, the former band leader for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as master of ceremonies: and R&B, soul, and funk group Tavares, as well as special guest Courtney Harrell, ’01 (last year she advanced into the top 12 on the hit NBC TV show The Voice). She was a part of the Berklee City Music program and then offered a full scholarship.

And then it was Music, Music, Music – the whole fourth fl oor rocked where individual rooms had separate musical programs performed by students and members of Berklee City Music. Each room sponsored. The fund raising was extremely successful for a very worthy program. It was a sensational evening. Thank you AVID for a wonderful seat at your table.

Coming next is IMAGINE’s Women Who Work in the Industry. It’s one of our most popular issues of the year. Watch for it.

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Take 2 September 2017

Carol Patton Imagine News PublisherWhat a busy summer for New England! The number of movies in production and on location is stupendous. Everyone is working including Silas, Jan Waldman’s amazing German Shepherd! Silas Archer Gustav is a “hot dog” on the set of THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT. Silas plays the part of young Calvin Barr’s Dog with a performance that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt the he has right stuff for this part. I love leading with a dog story.

I visited New England Studios and interviewed Castle Rock Producer Robin Sweet. The Hulu ordered ten episode TV series is being produced by Warner Bros and filling three of the NE Studios four stages. I’ll have the whole story for you in our next issue. SLENDER MAN was in the fourth studio. In production now is John Stimpson’s GHOST LIGHT, A dark comedy about a disgruntled summerstock
actor who contemptuously disregards the superstition surrounding Shakespeare’s tragedy, Macbeth. By doing so he unleashes the curse of The Scottish Play and wreaks havoc on the company. Hmmm.

EQUALIZER 2 brings Denzel Washington back to the Commonwealth. The film’s main locations are Brant Rock and Marshfield. SWEENEY KILLING SWEENEY will wrap this month after using film locations all over the greater Boston area including Quincy where there is a “grand experiment” underway for ten years totally geared to attracting studio movie production to the city by streamlining location finding, permitting and other necessities that City Hall, the Chamber of Commerce and participating businesses can provide. To that end I visited auto magnet Daniel J. Quirk to get his take. See our story in this issue.

Recently wrapped movies include Amy Schumer’s I FEEL PRETTY, SLENDER MAN, BURNING WOMAN, PROUD MARY, DADDY’S HOME 2 and John Stimpson’s THE SPRUCES AND THE PINES. All of which speaks to a very good year for our industry.

I get excited about the American Film Market (AFM) every year. This year it will be November 1 – 8 at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Resort Campus and also include a Location Expo, new this year. IMAGINE is a media partner with AFM. We dedicate our next edition to getting results for our local filmmakers at AFM, which is the largest gathering of Motion Picture professionals in the world.

We will assemble “pitch articles” for as many New England movie projects that make the cut and will fit in our magazine. What are you looking for? If you have a movie project in any stage of development from concept to completion, let me know so we can consider it for this issue, which will have a huge bonus distribution at AFM.

Whether you need a writer for an idea, a producer or a production company for a completed script, talent, a director, finishing funds, foreign sales and distribution, you may find it at AFM. AFM means unlimited possibilities.

When you experience AFM you get incredible access to more industry players in one week than you could see all year. It is one amazing beach front campus where over $3 billion in deals will be made
in eight days. Over 400 distribution companies, 1,000 production companies and 7,000 industry professionals from eighty different countries will attend among them the top studio, broadcast
and cable network and agency executives in the business.

You can, actually, make an elevator pitch at AFM This is one of IMAGINE’s great efforts that gets “the word” out – our outreach that puts what New England has to offer right in the hands of 7,000 decision makers from all over the world. We are displayed right next to The Hollywood Reporter and Variety and decision makers from all over the world pick our issues up like hotcakes.

Along with presenting selected projects from New England, we promote our film tax credits and incentive programs along with the riches of our region such as crew depth, talent pool, incredible locations, amazing architecture and scores of looks from the Revolutionary War, 1776, the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, to our awesome educational institutions and preserved neighborhoods of note and beautiful hills, forests, shoreline and mysterious fishing villages. We’ve got it all including a 25% Film Tax Credit that bests the rest, including above the line expenditures.

If you have a film project that you are taking to AFM or would like to be considered for our AFM edition, please let me know about your project. You can email me at publisher@imaginenews.com. If you have an advertising message for the attendees of this major industry event, place your advertising now and we’ll deliver your message right to your best target audience.

The summer was filled with special events, one was our IMAGINE day-trip to visit the Studios of special effects guru and movie pioneer Douglas Trumbull. I’ve written about it in this issue. It was an amazing experience, so much so that I’ve scheduled another trip. I can take up to sixty people, so if you missed our last one and would like to join our next on Wednesday October 11th, or want to go again, let me know. The leaves in the Berkshire should be spectacular. Email publisher@imaginenews.com.

At the Woods Hole Film Festival I was attracted to a Special Panel of Women Filmmakers held at the fire station. where I had seen Elika Portnoy’s directorial debut earlier– THE SIXTH AMENDMENT for the first time. What a pleasure and the panel was terrific.

I was front and center for the Rhode Island International Film Festival’s Film Forum, co-sponsored by the Rhode Island Film Office. After an exciting conversation with and viewing of the Douglas Trumbull’s award winning work, he was presented with Rhode Island’s first Gilbert Stuart Artistic Vision Award by Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Film and Television Office.

Later that day more than one hundred local filmmakers made their way to Cape Cod for IMAGINE Magazine’s big summer bash at Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee. I hosted along with bestselling author and producer Casey Sherman (THE FINEST HOURS, PATRIOTS DAY) and Willowbend Country Club’s owner David Southworth. Casey spoke about two forthcoming projects and the release of his latest book THE ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE and his “12” being picked up for motion picture. It tells the story of the miraculous “come from behind” win of Super Bowl LI. What a treat in an absolutely exquisitely
beautiful setting.

Guests included BLACK MASS actress Erica McDermott, SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME actor Mike Southworth, Woods Hole Film Fest Executive Director Judy Laster and prolific filmmaker John Stimpson. And a very good time was had by all.

In late August I was invited to the Hope Music Festival in Hyannis, back on the Cape, where I connected with Producer Dennis Serpone (SWEENEY KILLING SWEENEY) IMAGINE Cover Girl, actor, writer, director Christy Cashman and Judy Laster. James Montgomery orchestrated an extraordinary evening of
such talented musicians everyone was toe tapping. The Hope Music Festival raised money for the healthcare industry on the Cape with a focus on fighting Opioid Addiction.

My Best Wishes for a Successful Fall,
Carol Patton

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Take 2: July 2017

Massachusetts Film Tax Credits Remain Strong….

The industry has much to be grateful for. Our Massachusetts Film Tax Credits are intact. Except for the support of key elected legislators, we could have been devastated. Save for industry members who believe in what we are doing, we could be in Hollywood’s rear view mirror.

The Commonwealth is having its best year ever of visiting studio and major productions working in this state. We have a ten-episode series shooting in New England Studios. Hollywood has once again taken notice. Future films will consider coming to Massachusetts. Another series is on its way.

Quincy Chamber of Commerce President Tim
Cahill (center), with Quincy elected officials Representative Bruce Ayers, Representative
Tacky Chan (a SAG-AFTRA member), House Majority Leader Ron Mariano and Senator John Keenan. The whole delegation supports
film tax credits. An IMAGINE photo.

Carol Patton met with Senator Sal DiDomenico
during the Committee of Conference in behalf of our industry. An IMAGINE photo.
This legislative season has been an entirely new experience for the Commonwealth’s Film and Television industry. For the past two years, Governor Baker first included the elimination of our Film Tax Credits and last year he attempted to modify them. This year the industry was completely left out of his budget and we all breathed a huge sigh of relief.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Carol Patton
after the Conference Committee reconciliation
of the House and Senate Budgets that worked out well for our industry. An IMAGINE photo.

Governor Baker is known to have said that he tried it twice and it’s apparent to him that Film Tax Credits are the will of the legislature (well, certainly the House of Representatives as that is where tax policy is constitutionally vested first) and the citizens of the Commonwealth.

But, then, the somewhat unexpected happened. We suspected that there would be amendments from the Senate. We didn’t know they would pass.

Don Packer, Engine Room co-owner and senior editor and past President of MPC,
talking to industry supporters Massachusetts’
Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo and Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante
(Gloucester, Rockport and Essex) after the Committee of Conference reconciled in our industry’s favor. An IMAGINE Photo.
Members’ complaints included that the state paid GHOSTBUSTERS 2 over $25 million dollars. Few recalled, however, that that meant Columbia Pictures spent over $100 million in the Commonwealth, built a giant set in Weymouth (which they left behind), and enriched thirteen other locations around the state. Think of it, a $100 million infusion into the state’s economy! Blockbusters of this ilk are attracted to Massachusetts because of our 25% above the line Film Tax Credit.

Senator Michael Rodrigues from Westport, who represents Fall River, MA, filed an amendment that would damage our industry’s ability to attract big budgeted films. Taking the “attractive” out of our “attractive film incentives” program. Essentially, large budgeted movies would be deterred from coming to Massachusetts and very few productions could meet the 75% of budget requirement or the cap on salaries in this global climate.

The Senate voted for the amendment to be included in the Senate budget. Twenty-three Senators of the thirty-eight possible (2 open seats) stood against us! Nine Senators stood for us. And we’re grateful for them.

It’s important at this time that we extend our appreciation and gratitude for those who stood with us in the Senate. The vote was a sneaky one. They counted in a rare standing vote without naming Senators who stood against us.

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Take 2: June 2017

James Montgomery, Don Packer and Carol Patton in the Flag Building cover photo shoot for this 200th edition of IMAGINE. Photo by Carolyn Ross.

Here we go again – headed into June sitting on pins and needles, this time in fear of Massachusetts Senate Amendment #38, which passed in the Senate on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 and so is included as a troubling obstacle in the Senate’s version of an ongoing budget process for fiscal year 2018.

Amendment 38 has two parts, both conceived with an apparent lack of understanding of the complex metrics of movie making. The amendment requires productions to increase their number of days of principal photography from 50% to 75% and/or increase their spend in
Massachusetts from 50% of their budget to 75% of their budget. While Massachusetts has been enjoying amazing growth in our film production industry, we still do not have the infrastructure to support requiring a film project to commit 75% of its budget here. Blockbuster movie budgets have a huge percentage of their film’s budget dedicated to postproduction. And even though we have great post houses in Boston, post is still captured in the western hemisphere by Montreal, New York and Hollywood.

Tim Grafft, Massachusetts Film Office Deputy Director takes the best selfies ever. Here his long arms are the key capturing IATSE’s Business Manager Chris O’Donnell, IMAGINE Publisher Carol Patton, MFO’s Executive Director
Lisa Strout and himself. An IMAGINE Photo.

Let’s face the facts – these days movies have to be more global in scope to compete for worldwide box offices. If the drafters of this amendment knew anything about our industry they would know this amendment is not “trimming the tax credit” to save money for the state, but, it’s an attempt to render our Massachusetts incentives irrelevant in the global competition for the movie locations business.

I suspect that is the intent of some in the Senate, but not all. This was intended to sound like a reasonable compromise and a cost saving position to the casual observer. However, some well-intended members may feel misled when a more substantive explanation of this amendment and how it affects Massachusetts ability to compete is explained to them. Entertainment, of which motion picture and television constitute the major parts, is the country’s number one export, not only dollar wise, but for exporting our country’s cultural values and, yes, technology and production values! Is that so hard to understand? We need to keep this mighty business here.

Hawaii goes all out to attract attention to their exhibit at AFCI’s Locations Show including exotic flower leis for attendees
and photo opportunities for the folks back home. An IMAGINE Photo.

The standing vote was effectively a kill shot (one we hope ultimately misses the mark in the combined and finalized budget) to our industry’s well-crafted incentives by eliminating one of the most positive features in our Film Tax Credits, our above the line credit which allow Massachusetts to compete with states and foreign countries that have much higher tax credit offerings, but do not include above the line or have credits not valued as highly as ours.

That’s our big hook. Above the line is precisely the reason blockbuster movies choose Massachusetts whenever they can. Big movies have big stars, even bigger directors, and those above the line salaries are what constitute blockbuster movies that garner the biggest budgets – more money to spend in Massachusetts. What is so hard to understand about that?

KNIGHT AND DAY, the first blockbuster to put us on the A-list Hollywood map, is a solid example of why we have a competitive advantage for now and is also paradoxically a well-worn ruse used to rid states of credits altogether. Tom Cruise, the top decision maker for that film shot here in Mass, is not just an attached star someone can claim is overpaid. He was an executive producer and the reason that the $80 million movie could be justified anywhere is his box office draw. This justifies any expenditures on the venture to begin with and he spent much of it here in this case.

He also paid Massachusetts taxes on his earnings! If he was limited to only qualifying $1 million, instead of $20 million, we would have lost all those taxes. And remember, film is forever – Cruise will make money on that film and his estate will as well long after he dies. Taxes will be paid to Massachusetts long after all of us are dead and gone for that film having been made here.

And remember, Tom Cruise and his partners had to prove every expense on KNIGHT AND DAY up
front to qualify for the credits. It is akin to saying I want the Patriots to win the Super Bowl (see the Article by Carl Hansen of Beverly on page 12), but Tom Brady or other marquee household name athletes in general are being paid too much so let’s cut their salary options down in our team budget. That will not get you past the Falcons in Atlanta, Georgia which coincidentally enough is one of our biggest current competitors in the locations game of big ticket movie making.

It’s apparent we’ve lost the Senate for the moment because some newer members have different views or have not been fully assisted in understanding our issues in a manner they can relate to. There are only 40 possible Senate members (38 votes possible given 2 current vacancies) but you can see if one supportive member leaves office and is replaced with an opponent within a few years we end up with a full 23 members standing in opposition to our point of view. We really have work to do with so much at stake.




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Take 2: April 2017

A Letter From The Publisher, Carol Patton

Carol Patton Imagine News Publisher2017 is shaping up to be New England’s best year ever! It’s very promising for Massachusetts with four major productions shooting or prepping this spring and several other productions now scouting for the summer and fall. In or coming in early are DADDY’S HOME 2 with Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell, THE BURNING WOMAN with Christina Hendricks, PROUD MARY starring Taraji P. Henson and Happy Madison is back with a new Adam Sandler project. It’s exciting! I just can’t wait to see how it all shakes out.

Christina Hendricks of Mad Men fame stars in THE BURNING WOMAN set to film in Boston. Photo courtesy of blogspot.com

This is a Special Edition of IMAGINE that will be shipped by the thousands to AFCI’s Locations & Global Production & Finance Conference in LA and to NAB in Las Vegas. We put them right into the hands of thousands of studio, network, agency and content creators. At AFCI alone over $3 Billion
in production location spend is up for grabs! That’s why this issue is so important.

robert redford
Robert Redford sent a letter of appreciation to Newport R.I. He’s been on location there twice– in 1974 with THE GREAT GATSBY and in 2016 with DISCOVERY, which recently had its first premiere in Newport. He sent the city a lovely letter recognizing them for their hospitality.

Recently Rober Redford’s THE DISCOVERY had its first Rhode Island premiere at the Jane Pickens Theatre in Newport. Redford wrote a letter to the citizens of Newport and Rhode Island. In it he said, “I have had the privilege of working on two films in Newport, the first time in 1974 with THE GREAT GATSBY and most recently on THE DISCOVERY.”

“I am grateful to have the opportunity to become reacquainted with the City and its people. I was pleasantly surprised some forty years later the City looks and feels almost exactly as it did when I first came here. I commend the community for its vision and care demonstrated to ensure for the preservation of its historical and culturally significant properties.

“Finally, I was most appreciative of the hospitality extended to me and my colleagues during our stay in Newport. For me, the welcoming and warm spirit of the community will not soon be forgotten,” Robert Redford wrote.

The first premiere of Robert Redford’s DISCOVERY was held at Jane Pickens Theatre in Newport, RI. Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Film with Actor Jason Segel and writer/director Charlie McDowell. Photo by Lew Place.

I celebrated the Academy Awards at the Red Carpet soiree in Providence Rhode Island, which was produced by Flickers Founder George Marshall with Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Film Office serving as Honorary Chairman. It was an exquisite glittery evening held in the ballroom of the Providence Biltmore. In addition to the Academy Awards, local awards were issued as well.

I wrote a small piece in this ediition about the Museum of Broadcast Technology because it does symbolize the great technology found here in New England since the early 1900s and the technology that is being used around the globe that is emanating from right here in the greater Boston Area now.


Izotope Neutron – This revolutionary software visualizes mixes with frequency spectrum analysis and allows you to mix in ways you never imagined you could. Photo courtesy of Izotope.

Our Tech Edge will give you some insight into this plethora of industry related software from companies like BorisFX, EditShare, Facilis Technology and Izotope, whose latest offering is called Neutron. Steve McGrath calles it borderline scary. He says, Izotope has created plugins and tools that really ride the fine line of innovative and job threatening. Their plugins work so well, that audio engineers have to feel threatened by it, but are so easy to use that anyone can get going on them and improve their audio mixes.

We’re fortunate to have a goodly number of state-of-the-art studios and post production facilities – award winning, really. Charles River Studios at High Output, New England Studios, Red Sky Studios and others are reporting a full house with lots of activity in the pipeline, as is the Production Center at WGBH – the Grandmother of local productions in Massachusetts and I want to include the City of Newton’s shining light with superb production facilities, a stage and a screening room, NewTV.

This edition of IMAGINE contains our 2017 New England Production, Resource & Location Guide. Thank you to everyone who participated. You have done your part to help us create the content and substance of this important outreach for our industry.

Get ready for two big IMAGINE celebrations. We have much to be thankful for – especially our readers and advertisers. Without you, this would not be happening. The Magazine will turn nineteen in April and our next edition will be number two hundred! Need I say we are excited? Watch for special offers and partying details.

And to our decision makers in LA, Las Vegas and everywhere, the talent and technology you find in these pages will make your projects shine. When you have a minimum spend of $50 thousand dollars, you can earn rebates and transfers equal to 25% of qualified spend.





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Take 2: Feb-March 2017

I hope you enjoy this abbreviated edition of IMAGINE Magazine. It wasn’t scheduled as we wanted to dive right into our mega March and April Special Editions that include our 2016 New England Production Guide and our NAB focused edition. Each gets important distribution at AFCI’s Locations & Global Finance Show in Burbank and at NAB in Las Vegas.

However, two things happened, AFCI moved their show from early March to late in April almost immediately after NAB, also Governor Baker announced that he would be making what he called “modest adjustments” to the Massachusetts Film Tax Credit Law. I had to make the decision to make major adjustments to our publishing schedule.

Needless to say, An Act to Promote Sustainable Economic Development in Massachusetts is unacceptable to our industry. I’ve digested the bill and have written my thoughts; you can read them starting on page eight. As you might guess, I have quite a lot to say. Now, it’s left to mount another great defense.

A far more delightful and pleasant topic is IMAGINE’s Industry New Year’s Celebration & “Imaginnaire” Awards Gala held at the majestic Royal Sonesta Hotel in their Riverfront Room. The hotel staff created exactly the setting I had envisioned. This was a cocktail buffet occasion to remember. The food was beautifully presented and was scrumptious. I can’t say enough about what a charming and as always “magical” evening it was.

Kudos to everyone who worked tirelessly to make this event extremely special, it couldn’t have been done without you! The highlights, of course, are our inspirational honorees. Our newest “Imaginnaires” are Melissa McMeekin, a Boston based actor, writer and director; Douglas Trumbull, the legendary filmmaker and visual effects pioneer; Elika Portnoy, Executive Producer of BEASTS OF NO NATION and an actor living in Boston; Erica McDermott, actor model and funny girl who played Mary Bulger in BLACK MASS and our Shooting Star award went to Seth Chitwood, a prolific young writer, director and actor who has received eight LAWEBFEST awards.

Awards were presented by Angela Peri, Co-owner and Casting Director of Boston Casting, Diane Pearlman, Executive Director of the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative, Christy Cashman, President of Saint Aire Productions, Don Packer, co-owner and Senior Editor of Engine Room Edit and actor, producer, TV show host Jan Waldman respectively.

The program was graciously coordinated by the thoroughly entertaining and masterfully funny Tiffany Crosby. She is a terrific M.C. I am so grateful for her, all our honorees, presenters, and everyone who attended. Again, I have nothing but praise for the Royal Sonesta Hotel and its thoughtful and responsive staff. Enjoy our photos here and see our video at www.imaginenews.com.

Our next edition will be our 2016 New England Production Guide. It’s a 411 for New England and we’ll publish it in print and online, where it will stay 24/7/365 until we publish our 2017 one. You’ll want to be a part of it as we take it to Burbank and give Hollywood a big shout out about what we have to offer here in New England. See our information on page four or contact me for more details.

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