Connect with us

Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker in 2014, Big Cities: #6. Boston

Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker in 2014, Big Cities: #6. Boston


It’s MovieMaker’s 2014 edition of the Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker! We’re counting down through our Top 10 Big Cities, Top 5 Small Cities, and Top 5 Towns—releasing one location a day for the entire month of January. The full list, published in MovieMaker‘s Winter 2014 issue, will be available on newsstands January 28.


Unlike previous years where locations were pitted against each other in a single pool, this year we separated the list into three distinct categories: Big Cities (pop. 500,000 and up), Small Cities (pop. 100,000 to 500,000), and Towns (pop. 100,000 and under). After months of research, interviews, and mathematical formulas, we boiled the rankings down to the essential elements. All locations were rated according to six criteria: Film Production in 2013 (shooting days, number of productions, dollars generated), Film Community and Culture (film schools, festivals, independent theaters, film organizations), Access to Equipment and Facilities, Tax Incentives, Cost of Living, and a General category that included lifestyle, weather, and transportation. Did your place of choice make the list? If not, maybe you should choose again if you’re serious about rooting yourself in a location that’s conducive to your career and life goals – or drop us a comment proposing a place we overlooked this year!


Top 10 Big Cities

#6. Boston

Thanks largely to the influence of Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, and a few other talented filmmakers, the presence of Boston on the big screen has never been more noticeable. Starting with Good Will Hunting (1997) and running through the last decade, some of the most compelling and memorable films have emerged from the city proper, capturing its heart and soul: The Boondock Saints, Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, The Town, The Social Network, The Fighter, Labor Day, and of course, Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning masterpiece, The Departed.


As one of the oldest cities in the US, Boston, Massachusetts is divided into 21 diverse neighborhoods, with Irish and Italian influence, and deeply rooted in American history. After all, it’s the birthplace of the American Revolution—the Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, Battle of Bunker Hill, etc. Boston is also a city of many firsts: the site of the first public school, the first subway system and the oldest park in the US (Boston Common). A world leader in innovation, there are more than 100 colleges and universities in town, many with film schools, like Boston University, Boston College, Brandeis, Clark, and Harvard. Take your pick.


Under the Massachusetts Film Office and Boston Film Bureau, filmmakers may receive several tax incentives, including a 25 percent production credit on a $50K minimum spend (no project cap or residency requirements) and a 25 percent payroll credit and a sales tax exemption. Even though Boston has one of the highest costs of living in the US, you can’t beat the uniqueness of its culture, language (Boston English), architecture, community, and place in history. MM

For more information about filming in Boston, visit the Massachusetts Film Office.

Check back every day for the rest of January to see what other places made the list! Previous rankings:


10) San Francisco

9) Memphis

8) Portland

7) Philadelphia 

To subscribe to MovieMaker Magazine, click here.

Continue Reading
1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Avatar

    Papa Talz

    January 13, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    i want create a fantastic video

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in Articles

  • MovieMaker #108 Spring 2014 Cover Slider MovieMaker #108 Spring 2014 Cover Slider


    MovieMaker Magazine Spring 2014: The Activism in Film Issue, On Stands April 22!


    MovieMaker #108 Preview: THE ACTIVISM IN FILM ISSUE: CAN MOVIEMAKERS SAVE THE WORLD? The Spring 2014...

  • Articles

    VOD Indie Hits: Austenland, CBGB, Sunset Strip and More


    Watch cutting-edge indie cinema online on without having to leave the MovieMaker community. VOD company Yekra is...

  • Articles

    Jason Dohring Interview: The Actor’s Role in a Crowdfunding Campaign


    The paradigm of Kickstarter success that over-worked, exhausted aspiring moviemakers cling to in their darkest moments—a...

  • Articles

    The Story of Manny: Director Ryan Moore on his SXSW Documentary Debut


    Ryan Moore’s documentary Manny, on boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, gets an auspicious premiere on March 8,...

  • Articles

    Things I’ve Learned: Crispin Glover


    Actor-director Crispin Glover, best known for his performances in Back to the Future and Willard, as well as...

  • Latest




    RSS MovieMaker RSS

    To Top