Congratulations to the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Governors and Distinguished Service Award Recipients!

John Bailey

Distinguished Service
Denny Clairmont

Congratulations to the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients!

Camera Operator Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
P. Scott Sakamoto, SOC

Camera Technician Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
John Connor

Mobile Camera Platform Operator Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Dan Pershing

Still Photographer Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
JoJo Whilden

Congratulations to the 2017 Nominees for Camera Operator of the Year, Film and Television!

Ballots are open for voting members until January 24th

Camera Operator of the Year- Film Nominees
Colin Anderson, SOC- The Phantom Thread
Roberto De Angelis, SOC- Baby Driver
Stephen Campanelli, SOC- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Gilles Corbeil, SOC- The Shape of Water
Mitch Dubin, SOC- The Post

Camera Operator of the Year- Television Nominees
Bob Gorelick, SOC- Stranger Things
Daryl Hartwell – Fargo
Gary Jay, SOC – House of Cards
Brian Osmond- Mindhunter
Ben Semanoff, SOC- Ozark

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In Loving Memory of Mark Milsome

On the night of November 18th 2017, director of photography and camera operator Mark Milsome was tragically killed shooting a stunt sequence on location in Ghana.

Everyone who had the great fortune of knowing Mark is devastated by the loss of a truly exceptional man. Kind, generous, openhearted, clever, funny, loyal, compassionate and indisputably talented, Mark was respected and adored by his colleagues, friends and family.

Mark was a true cinephile and had an insightful and encyclopaedic knowledge of film. He loved his work and the adventures it entailed. Having grown up on film sets as a child, he transformed his passion into his profession. He loved the camaraderie of the crew family and thrived on the collaborative creative process. With a career spanning thirty years he rose from clapper loader to cinematographer, working with some of the finest filmmakers and cinematographers: Steven Spielberg, Stephen Frears, Richard Eyre, Nicholas Hytner, Mark Herman, Marc Evans, Marc Forster, James Marsh, Andrew Dunn, Graham Frake, Fabien Wagner, Benoit Delhomme, Roberto Schaefer, Seamus McGarvey and Remi Adefarasin, amongst others.

Above and beyond his work, he loved his life with his soulmate and wife, Andra, and their beloved daughter Alice. Mark and Andra were meant for each other. They shared the same values in life, always expressed with love, a sense of fun and humour. And most of all they shared a profound love for Alice.

Please consider honoring Mark by contributing to a memorial fund for Andra and Alice.

Society of Camera Operators Announces the 2017 Technical Achievement Recipient

Los Angeles, CA, (November 14, 2017) – The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) is proud to announce the 2017 recipient of the Technical Achievement Award. The Award is given to a manufacturer or technology that has demonstrated superior engineering, advancement of camera operation, and substantial facilitation of the craft. This year’s recipient is DJI’s Ronin 2.

The DJI Ronin 2 was chosen as the 2017 winner because of its impact to many aspects of camera operating. The uniquely versatile 3-axis camera stabilization system can be used on car mounts, cable cam, jib, body worn mounts as a hot head, and even Steadicam. And the adaptability of the equipment improves the ultimate shot while helping to keep production on schedule.

The Society hosted a full day of demonstrations on Saturday, November 11 for the panel of judges comprised of Active SOC members.

The SOC appreciates following companies for presenting at our 2017 Demo Day:

BB&S Lightning, AREA 48 Remote Phosphor Softlight, Soft and Studio Models
Cooke Optics Limited, Cooke / i Technology
DJI, Inspire 2
DJI, Ronin 2 LLC, Plate Rig and Stock Library
Oppenheimer Camera Products Inc, OppCam Panhandle SystemPreston Cinema Systems, Light Ranger 2
RED Digital Cinema, RED WEAPON
Sigma Photo, Sigma Cine High Speed Zoom and Prime product line

We also appreciate all of our SOC members who came out to view the technologies and discuss the equipment with the manufacturers.

The Technical Achievement Award will be presented at our 2018 Lifetime Achievement Awards evening on Saturday, February 3, 2018 hosted at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. For more information about the SOC’s Lifetime Achievement Awards and to purchase your seats for the evening:
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Introducing the 2017 Board of Governors

George Billinger, SOC
Bonnie Blake, SOC
Susan Campbell, SOC
Mitch Dubin, SOC
David Emmerichs, SOC
Eric Fletcher, SOC
Michael Frediani, SOC
Dan Gold, SOC
Chris Haarhoff, SOC
Bill McClelland, SOC
David Sammons, SOC
Lisa Stacilauskas, SOC
Christopher Taylor, SOC
Dave Thompson, SOC
Daniel Turrett, SOC

Thank you to all of the nominees for participating in this year’s election!

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