About the SOC Membership

The Society of Camera Operators’ membership is made up of camera operators, camera assistants, still photographers, directors of photography, grips and others. 64% of active members are based in the Western states, 14% in the Northeast, 13% in the South, and 5% in the Midwest.  The SOC also has 5% international membership, in countries such as Germany, Spain, Canada, Australia and Afghanistan.

Over 65% of the members are also owner/operators, and most of our membership either owns their own gear, works directly with the DP, director or the production in choosing gear for the project.

The SOC is not a guild or union, but 67% of the members are also members of the International Cinematographers Guild Local 600.

The SOC membership works on many types of productions with feature films, television scripted/single camera, television scripted/multi-camera, and commercials the most prevalent.

The current membership has grown over the years.  Over 16% of the SOC members have been members for 16 to 20 years. 11% of our membership have been in the SOC for at least 3 years.

The Society worked hard to negotiate with the AMPTP to include the SOC initials following the screen credits of our active members who are camera operators.

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Snowfall, FX’s crime saga set in Los Angeles against the backdrop of the crack epidemic, weaves together a tapestry of stories from characters whose lives are affected by the drug.

In this SOC Creative Spotlight conversation, Manolo Rojas, SOC, and Pauline Edwards, SOC—the camera operating team for Snowfall's fourth season—talk about their histories in the film business, what led them to their work on Snowfall, and how the diverse crew for this series became its own sort of family that stood out from many of the sets they’ve worked on in the past.

Also highlighted in this conversation is the chemistry and trust that’s required between operator and DP, how distancing protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic ironically brought them closer as an operating team, and what it meant for them to be recognized as the 2022 Camera Operators of the Year in Television.

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