Category Archives: Asst Production Office Coordinator (APOC)

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When I began dating my now-husband, I was working in film/tv in NYC and he lived in Boston. We often talked about which of us would move for the other, and when we got engaged, I took the leap and moved in with him in Massachusetts. I’ve been incredibly lucky and have managed to work steadily here for an entire year straight, joining the Production Coordinator union in the process. Last November, we bought a house in Medford, MA. The film incentive has allowed me to not only continue my career here in MA, but has let me flourish and grow roots as well.

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I’m Kimmie Johnson and I’ve been working in this industry since 2006. I work as an assistant production office coordinator on feature films and television shows. I work as a producer and casting director, hiring actors and crew for local commercials.

With cast and crew opps, I connect people to jobs. I locally secure people, equipment, and locations, supporting this incredible film community. This is my livelihood. I’ve lived in Massachusetts my whole life, as have my parents and grandparents; I never want to leave my home state.

If the incentive goes away, so does work for me. I have no backup plan or other field to work in. I love what I do and helping hundreds of people get work and pursue their dreams of a career in this industry just like me.

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My name it Elliott Adkins. I live in Marblehead, MA, and I work in the film industry. In 2008, I moved here to Massachusetts from Daytona Beach, FL. In 2009, I started working as a production assistant and have since been working in the office as the assistant production office coordinator, or APOC, for various commercials and feature films in the area.

Working in the office alongside the “above-the-line” crew and the accounting department, I personally see the generous amounts of money spent locally, daily. Our money is well distributed into whichever town/community we have the pleasure of filming in that day, week, or month — we spend on everything from hotels and restaurants, to police details, hardware stores, local plumbers, carpenters, and electricians.

I’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with so many awesome and truly talented people here. I love what I do and hope to continue my career here in Massachusetts for years to come. I can name a million reasons the Massachusetts film tax incentive is beneficial to more than just the people in the industry.  It’s much more difficult to find a reason to get rid of it.

 

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My name is Rebecca Locke. I have worked as an assistant production office coordinator since 2006. There are many people like me who are in the movie business, who love the movie business, who have always had to travel to do their jobs.

We have been very fortunate with the film tax incentive to be able to work locally in the industry that we love here in Massachusetts. The full economic impact of the film industry in Massachusetts has yet to be properly quantified. I personally have seen the value this big business brings to local companies, as I daily sought out hotels, restaurants, realtors, hardware stores, plumbers, locksmiths, copiers, carpenters, coffee shops, and local police and firefighters (when the stage was left open…!). The list goes on and on.

Not only does the movie industry affect a variety of local businesses and provide many jobs for local residents, it has created wonderful films that portray Boston and Massachusetts as a place that people want to come visit. It has set the stage for Boston to be seen as a world-class city. Getting rid of this tax incentive would be a world-class mistake!!

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