Lifetime Achievement Awards

Saturday, January 18, 2020
at the Loews Hollywood Hotel

Lifetime Technical Achievement Awards

Submissions open now until September 16th

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Lifetime Achievement Awards – Seats & Tables Sales Open

Sales are now open for Seats & Tables for the SOC Lifetime Achievement Awards. You can find the purchase link using the button below.

Underwater Camera Operating Workshop

Partnered with HydroFlex

The SOC is proud to partner with HydroFlex to bring you the 2019 Underwater Camera Operating workshop. This workshop is designed for working professionals and offers three different course levels based on your proficiency. Please view the link below to be taken to the registration and information for this event!

SOC Lifetime Achievement Awards Timeline

July 23rd – Tech Awards Submissions open

August 12th – Seats & Tables Sales Open

September 9th – Camera Operator of the Year Submissions open
September 16th – Technical Achievement Award submissions close
September 25th – Lifetime Nominees Voting Opens

October 7th – Lifetime Honorees Voting closes (11pm PST)
October 14th – Lifetime Honorees Announced
October 26th – Demo Day

November 1st – Announce Lifetime Technical Award recipient

December 6th (Midnight PST) – Camera Operator of the Year TV & Film online submission close
December 17th – Camera Operator of the Year Film and Television – Nominees announced
December 18th – Camera Operator of the Year Voting begins

January 8th – Camera Operator of the Year Voting ends (11pm PST)
January 17th – VIP Party
January 18th – Lifetime Achievement Awards

Lifetime Technical Award Timeline

Lifetime Technical Achievement Award submission open – July 23rd

Lifetime Technical Achievement Award Submission close – September 16th

Lifetime Technical Achievement Award information due for Fall Camera Operator Magazine – September 20th

Lifetime Technical Achievement Award – Demo Day – October 26th

Lifetime Technical Achievement Award Recipient announced – November 1st

Cine Gear Expo 2019

Another Cine Gear Expo for the books! Thank you to all who stopped by the booth and filled the room for our Society of Camera Operators Panel with Mitch Dubin, SOC, Colin Anderson, SOC and moderator Stosh Durbacz. We had a great selection of Active Members at our booth throughout the weekend talking to attendees and answering questions about their careers, techniques and the Society.

We hope you were able to snag some stickers and pens and say hello! Another huge thank you to all of our fantastic volunteers who helped support the booth and talk to attendees about the great work the SOC is doing. See you all next year at Paramount!

Photos by Bill McClelland, SOC and Ashlie Sotelo


SOC at Drexel University

Thank you Drexel University for having the SOC come out to host a 2-day panel and workshop about Camera Operating on their campus. We had David Sammons, SOC, Bonnie Blake, SOC and Selene Richolt, SOC leading a hands-on workshop and discussing a the crucial role of the Camera Operator for Drexel University’s film department as well as some SOC members. Thank you to all who participated in the event!

JL Fisher Industry Mixer

Thank you to everyone who came to the JL Fisher Industry Mixer and participated in our panel or stopped by the booth! Special thanks to our wonderful team of volunteers that helped represent the SOC and to our fantastic panelists who discussed the working relationship between operators and grips:

Eric Fletcher, SOC, Daniel Gold, SOC, Eric Zucker, Rocker Meadows, Audie Aragon, Brice Reid and Craig Cockerill, SOC

Thank you JL Fisher for hosting us, we will see you all next year!

Photos by Anthony Perrella, Jr., Associate Member

SOC at NAB 2019

Thank you to all the members who came out to support the SOC. We had a full theater for our day 2 panel featuring SOC Board members. You can check out a recording of all the interviews and panel below along with some photos from our get together at Gordon Ramsay’s Pub & Grill and the show floor. Thank you to Chapman Leonard for hosting the SOC party. See you all next year!

Speed Mentoring 2.0 Wrap-Up

Thank you to everyone who participated in our second Speed Mentoring event hosted at Canon in Burbank! It was great seeing so many SOC members get valuable 1-on-1 time with a variety of Operators across several disciplines in a wonderful space.

Special thanks to the folks at Canon for supporting the SOC and providing us two great rooms for the speed sessions and networking. Keep an eye out for more information on future Speed Mentoring events and check out the photo gallery below for more photos!

Photos by Anthony Perrella, Jr., Associate Member

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Watch the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Awards

Part 1

Opening Remarks, George Billinger, SOC
Mobile Camera Platform Operator Award, John Mang

Part 2

Technical Achievement Awards:
CineMoves, MATRIX 4 Axis Stabilized Gimbal
Lifetime Achievement Award: Still Photographer
Peter Iovino

Part 3

SOC and CHLA Vision Center
Alicia Robins, Dr. Thomas Lee
Lifetime Achievement Award: Camera Technician
Jimmy Jensen

Part 4

Governors Award, Jane Fonda
Lifetime Achievement Award: Camera Operator, Live & Non-Scripted 
Hector Ramirez

Part 5

Camera Operator of the Year: Television, Chris Haarhoff & Steven Matzinger, Westworld
Camera Operator of the Year: Film, P. Scott Sakamoto, A Star is Born

Part 6

President’s Award, Harrison Ford
Lifetime Achievement Award: Camera Operator, Dave Emmerichs

Corporate Members

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