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2018 Lifetime Achievement Awards

February 3, 2018
at the Loews Hollywood Hotel

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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

Save the Date and Watch the 2017 Awards

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Awards on February 3, 2018 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.

Be sure to relive the excitement of the 2017 Awards Show by viewing the videos from the Event. Links to all videos can be found at

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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