A Letter From The Publisher, Carol Patton
2017 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.