Category Archives: Production Coordinator (POC)

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My name is Jill Reurs and I work in a few different capacities. I work as a Script Supervisor, I also work as a Production Office Coordinator and I work as a Set Dresser. Boston is a great place to work and has a terrific reputation among producers, directors, studios, networks, ad agencies and new media. Because of the MA film tax incentive we attract a lot of projects. In my position I work closely with Producers and Directors and they tell me over and over they like making their projects in Massachusetts and they want to come back and make more projects. Happily this has happened many times over thanks to the MA film tax incentive. I’ve also seen firsthand how money is spent in-state in terms of hiring local people and local companies and buying supplies and services in-state.

When a movie production sets up shop it’s like an empty department store. There are approximately twenty departments (construction, lighting, rigging, props, camera, costume, casting, set dressing, and catering, to name just a few). Each department has to be fully staffed and fully stocked for the length of the production. And if there are multiple movies shooting in Massachusetts at the same time, (which there often are), that means each movie has to have their twenty departments staffed and stocked. It adds up to a lot of people, a lot of materials and a lot of service and support. That means jobs and business for many Massachusetts residents and Massachusetts-based companies. Thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in in-state spending. It also provides terrific ‘product placement’ for the Commonwealth in terms of beautiful shots of our state and/or seeing intriguing places that the viewing audience will want to visit. And they do visit. So for my money the MA film tax incentive is doing exactly what it was designed to do – create an incentive and attract business to Massachusetts on many levels. It’s working and it’s working well. Please keep the MA film tax incentive in place.

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My name is Katrina Morgan, and I have been working as a local production office coordinator (POC) for the past four years. In those four short years, I have been the coordinator on eleven films, and co-producer on one, here in Massachusetts. On average, I have worked three films a year since I started. I am also a single mom of two wonderful children and own my home. I am not “Hollywood.” I am a working-class mother providing for my family the best way I can.

Being a production coordinator, I work with lots of venders and crew and I can tell you firsthand how many people the film tax incentives affect. When a production starts, I need to find an office for the crew to work out of before they go to set and start production. So I deal with office rentals, phone/internet companies, office supply stores, furniture rentals, and restaurants. Another part of my job is to secure equipment for crew and housing for out-of-town talent. During a project, I’ll work with local hotels, car services, grocery stores, dry cleaners, laundry services, equipment rental houses, vehicle rentals, and so on.

Keeping the film tax incentives will allow me to continue to work close to home and benefit all the local small businesses I deal with every day.

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