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SOC Camera Crane Workshop

September 30, 2022 - October 2, 2022

Get hands-on experience with 45-foot telescoping cranes, modular cranes, Scorpio Arm vehicle, and stabilized remote heads. Work with experienced SOC operators executing practical set-ups over this 2.5-day immersive workshop.

The workshop kicks off Friday afternoon and concludes on Sunday afternoon and will include lectures, discussions, and ample hands-on training. The workshop size is limited to 25 to give each participant one-on-one time with instructors.

Designed for camera operators with some level of set experience who are interested in developing valuable, hands-on, practical knowledge to refine their camera operating skills. Being well versed with the wheels is a requirement for the course.

A staff of “A” Camera Operator instructors, Professional Dolly Grips, Crane Techs, Precision Drivers, and Camera Assistants will assist in real-world demonstrations and hands-on training exercises designed to give each student maximum exposure to common operating challenges.

Camera Crane Workshop Topics

  • Crane choices & differences
  • Mechanics
  • New hazards
  • Pinch points of moving parts
  • Negotiating around fixed & live objects
  • Knowing the limitations (height, speed, etc)
  • Using it with track
  • Base placement
  • Versatility
  • Bucket clearance
  • Arm reach retracted & extended
  • Communication
  • The key to a successful shot

Hands-On Exercises

  • 45-foot telescoping crane with Matrix stabilized head
  • 10-foot telescoping crane with stabilized head
  • Fixed arm on dolly with non-stabilized head
  • Scorpio Arm vehicle


  • Mitch Dubin, SOC
  • Chris Haarhoff, SOC
  • Scott Howell
  • John “Buzz” Moyer, SOC
  • Brian Osmond, SOC

*Subject to change if work schedules change


Workshop Committee 

  • George Billinger
  • Dave Chameides
  • Mitch Dubin
  • Dave Emmerichs
  • Dan Gold
  • Chris Haarhoff
  • Scott Howell
  • Simon Jayes
  • Sarah Levy
  • Jim McConkey
  • Matt Moriarty
  • Buzz Moyer
  • Brian Osmond
  • Peter Rosenfeld
  • Dave Sammons
  • Jamie Silverstein


Camera Crane Workshop Details

Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, 2:00pm registration – Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022

CineMoves Movie Ranch
Fayetteville, GA


  • SOC Associate & Active Members in good standing
  • Competent with gear heads

Fee: $2,650 USD

Submission Registration Details


Submit your request to register for the Camera Crane Workshop by filling out the online submission.

Upon completion of the submission form, email Operations@SOC.Org within 48 hours and provide:

  • COVID vaccination card, OR
  • Email Operations@SOC.Org notifying us that you will send a negative PCR test result 48 hours prior to the workshop.

Once your submission is accepted, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to pay your tuition in full. You will have 48 hours to pay your tuition online to confirm your workshop attendance. At such time further details will be included.

Workshop Logistics

Included in Fee:

All meals, equipment, and materials are included in the workshop fee (except for dive gear rental). For out-of-town participants, transportation will be provided to and from the host hotel and CineMoves Movie Ranch. Accommodations are not included.

Host Hotel:

We have secured a local host hotel that is extending rate discounts. Reservations will need to be made prior to September 2 in order to ensure a rate of $125/night + tax/fees at:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

1231 Hwy 54 W, Fayetteville, GA 30214

Call: 678-604-6770

Ask for: SOC – Society of Camera Operators Room Block

Note: If your travel plans require arrival a day early or staying an additional night, there are rooms available to accommodate that as well.


The SOC will offer a shuttle for am pick-ups and pm drop-offs from the host hotel only to CineMoves Movie Ranch. We will NOT be providing an airport transfer. Please plan accordingly.

COVID Protocols: 

All attendees will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test within 48 hours of the start of the workshop.

Cancellation Policy:

A full refund minus an administrative fee of $150 will be refunded if you need to cancel your seat by September 12. After September 12 there will be no refunds. Please anticipate 30 days for the refund.

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Supported By:


September 30, 2022
October 2, 2022
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CineMoves Movie Ranch
171 County Line Road
Fayetteville, GA 30215 United States


Society of Camera Operators
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