Society of Camera Operators AwardsJanuary 9, 2014 • By Ryan Adams
NOMINEES FOR CAMERA OPERATOR OF THE YEAR IN 2013:
Camera Operator of the Year – Feature Film
Ian Fox, SOC – Saving Mr. Banks (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Geoffrey Haley, SOC – American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)
Jacques Jouffret, SOC ¬- Lone Survivor (Universal Studios)
P. Scott Sakamoto, SOC – Labor Day (Paramount Pictures)
Peter Taylor, ACO, SOC – Gravity (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Camera Operator of the Year - Television
Nicholas Davidoff, SOC – Homeland (HBO)
Don Devine, SOC – Mad Men (AMC)
Steve Fracol, SOC – Scandal (ABC)
Kenji Luster, SOC – Body of Proof (ABC)
James Reid, SOC – American Horror Story: Asylum(FX Networks)
Society of Camera Operators Awards for
Camera Operator of the Year – Feature Film and TelevisionAwards Celebration to Take Place February 15, 2014 at Skirball Cultural Center
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9, 2014 — The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) will present its Camera Operator of the Year Awards at their Annual Awards Event, as announced today by SOC Vice President and Awards Executive Producer David Frederick, SOC. The black-tie celebration announcing the winners will be held on February 15, 2014 at the Skirball Cultural Center. The SOC donates all proceeds from the Awards Event to the Vision Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to help children overcome their vision deficits.
As previously announced, this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are Chris Haarhoff, SOC/Camera Operator (Saving Private Ryan, Fight Club, Almost Famous), William Coe/Camera Technician (The Avengers, J. Edgar, Jersey Boys), Barry Wetcher, SMPSP/Still Photographer (Goodfellas, Quiz Show, Sherlock Holmes) and Jack Carpenter/Mobile Camera Platform Operator (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Crash, The Matrix). The Distinguished Service Award recipient is Stan McClain, SOC (National Security, Almost Famous, Any Given Sunday). The President’s Award Recipient is Leonard Chapman, who has developed and improved equipment for moving cameras.
The prestigious Camera Operator of the Year Awards are presented to the best of the nominated Feature Film and Television shows of 2013. The active camera operators of the SOC submit their nominations and vote on the final nominees to decide the recipients for the two categories of the award, film and television. Previous winners include Andrew Voegeli, SOC (Breaking Bad), Mitch Dubin, SOC (Lincoln), Andrew Mitchell, SOC (Glee), Stephen Campanelli, SOC (J.Edgar), David Frederick, SOC (Sons of Anarchy), Colin Anderson, SOC (The Town), Robert Gorelick, SOC (The Dark Knight), and Jacques Jouffret, SOC (Into the Wild).
The Society of Camera Operator’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the ‘CAMMY,’ honors the career of an outstanding camera crew member. The Technical Achievement Award is presented to a member in the corporate community for their contributions to the advancement of equipment and techniques vital to the work of Camera Operators. The President’s Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an industry stalwart for their support to camera operators.
About the Society of Camera Operators:
The Society of Camera Operators, started in 1979, is an organization dedicated to the advancement of the art and creative contributions of the Camera Operator in the Motion Picture and Television industry. Their goal is to nurture excellence in the field of camera operation and allied camera crafts, encouraging development of both technology and production methods to enhance their work. Society members are kept at the forefront of the industry’s ever-advancing technology through their continuing workshops and corporate-sponsored equipment showcases. The SOC publishes the Camera Operator magazine. The Society donates the proceeds of their Annual Lifetime Achievements Awards Dinner to the Vision Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Membership includes Camera Operators, Directors of Photography, Camera Assistants and Still Photographers. The official website can be found at www.soc.org.