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in Honoring the Art & Craft of Camera Operating

The Society offers different levels of membership for individuals and manufacturers in the production community.

SOC Technical Achievement Awards 2019

Online submission is open from
July 13, 2018 until October 12, 2018

In 2019, the Society of Camera Operators will be proudly marking its 40th Anniversary. As we reach this prestigious benchmark, the Board of Governors wants to ensure another 40 years of celebrating and strengthening the time honored craft of the camera operator.

As noted in the opening sentence of our mission statement, “The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) advances the art, craft, and creative contributions of the camera operator”.  We are confident that you share the same mission, and ask that you seriously consider taking a more active role to that end by joining your fellow Camera Operators and/or inviting fellow colleagues, helping to insure the future of our great craft.

With the goal of doubling the size of the SOC in one year, it will take all camera operators in all regions, to join this call to action.  For membership categories, qualifications, application and fees.

We are proud to announce this year’s
Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees

The Lifetime Achievement Awards are given in recognition of outstanding achievement by a crafts person within the field of film and video production, who has at least twenty years experience.
The Honorees are:
Camera Operator: Dave Emmerichs, SOC
Camera Operator, Live & Nonscripted: Hector Ramirez
Camera Technician: Jimmy Jensen
Mobile Camera Platform Operator: John Mang
Still Photographer: Peter Iovino
Congratulations to all of this year’s recipients and all of the nominees!

SOC General Breakfast Meeting – October 21st

Join the SOC and bring a guest to the semi annual General Breakfast Meeting and ZEISS’ Full Frame Workshop on October 21st at 9am.

The breakfast meeting gives members a chance to meet the Board of Governors, discuss current Society objectives, network with peers over a hot breakfast, and get hands on with the new ZEISS Supreme Prime lenses.

Where: Tiffen – 2815 Winona Ave, Burbank, CA 91604
When: Sunday October 21, 9am – 1pm

Please register including your guest: Click Here to Register


ZEISS Full Frame Lense Workshop
In addition to getting hands on with the ZEISS Supreme Prime lenses we will also be offering a full frame cinematography workshop full of practical knowledge. The workshop is FREE to attend for anyone joining us for the General Breakfast Meeting!
More event details are available here.

2019 SOC Lifetime Achievement Awards Timeline

Society of Camera Operators Lifetime Achievement Awards timeline:

September 5- Sponsorship and Tribute Book reservations open
September 11 – Lifetime Nominees announced and voting opens
September 30 –  Lifetime voting closes
October 4 – Lifetime Recipients announced
October 12 – Technology Achievement Award submissions close
December 1 – Demo Days (technology submissions presented to committee) SOC offices, Burbank, CA
December 5 –   Technology Achievement Award Recipient(s) announced
January 3, 2019 – Camera Operator of the Year Nominees, film & television closes
January 10, 2019 – Camera Operator of the Year, film & television voting opens
January 15, 2019 – Tribute Book closes
January 18, 2019 –  Camera Operator of the Year, film and television voting closes (announced at awards)
January 25, 2019 –  VIP reception, Loews Hollywood Hotel
January 26, 2019 –  Lifetime Achievement Awards, Loews Hollywood Hotel

For more information please visit http://socawards.com


Sneaky Pete - Interview & Round Table Discussion

Sneaky Pete is an Amazon original series starring Giovanni Ribisi, about a con man newly-released from prison who hides from debtors by assuming his cellmate’s identity.

In this special digital feature of Camera Operator Magazine, we spoke with A camera operator, Jeff Muhlstock, SOC about the changes made during this season and the experience of capturing the dynamic drama that is Sneaky Pete.

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