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SOC Lifetime Achievement Awards 2019

Saturday, January 26, 2019
Loews Hollywood Hotel

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.

Society of Camera Operators Lifetime Achievement Awards Announce Governors Award Honoree Jane Fonda and President’s Award Honoree, Harrison Ford


The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) announce the honorees of the Lifetime Achievement Awards, Governors Award Recipient, Jane Fonda and President’s Award Recipient, Harrison Ford.


The Society is honored to be presenting the Lifetime Achievement awards to Ms. Fonda and Mr. Ford for their extraordinary body of work and collaboration and commitment to the art and craft of camera operating.


George Billinger III, SOC President, “We are honored to be presenting these awards to such legends in the entertainment industry. Their work has inspired so many of us and we are grateful for their extraordinary contributions to the business and creative community at large.”
Ms. Fonda and Mr. Ford will be presented their Lifetime Achievement awards on January 26, 2019 at the Loews Hollywood hotel.

Society of Camera Operators Announce the Camera Operator of the Year TV Nominees

The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) announce the nominees for Camera Operator of the Year in the Television category.  
Camera Operator of the Year – Television Nominees:
Mitch Dubin, SOC – Legion
Chris Haarhoff, SOC & Steven Matzinger, SOC– Westworld
Michael Heathcote, SOC – The Handmaid’s Tale
Gary Jay, SOC – House of Cards
Ben Semanoff, SOC – Ozark
At the January 26, 2019 Awards Show hosted at the Loews Hollywood Hotel,
The Camera Operator of the Year Recipient will be announced.
For further information about the SOC’s Lifetime Achievement Awards and to purchase your seats visit SOCAwards.com
SOC voting members, please be on the lookout for your Camera Operator of the Year TV online voting ballot, which will be sent soon.

SOC Speed Mentoring Event Wrap-Up

Huge thanks to everyone who participated in our Speed Mentoring event @ Tiffen! It was fantastic seeing the Speed Dating concept applied to mentoring and giving our Members an amazing opportunity to speak 1-on-1 with some of SOC’s finest. Special thanks to Lisa Stacilauskas for bringing this event to life and all of our mentors who made this event special. Keep an eye out for similar events in the future!

Photos: Chuck France, Associate Member

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!
The Society of Camera Operators is proud to announce their
Technical Achievement Award Jury
The demo day will take place on Saturday December 1st at the SOC offices.  Details to follow!

Eric Fletcher, SOC – Technical Chair
Andrew Ansnick, SOC
Luke Cormack, SOC
Richard Davis, SOC
David Emmerichs, SOC
Mike Heathcote, SOC
Jamie Hitchcock, SOC
Mark LaBonge, SOC
Rocker Meadows
Manolo Rojas Moscopulos, SOC
David Sammons, SOC

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 – Camera Operator of the Year Nominees, film & television closes
December 10 –   Technology Achievement Award Recipient(s) announced
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

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