Society of Operating Cameramen

The Society Of Camera Operators was founded in 1979 under the name Society of Operating Cameramen. Its primary mission is to advance the art, craft and creative contribution of the camera operator in the motion picture and television industries. The SOC represents camera operators, camera assistants, directors of photography as well as other related crafts. Its roster boasts of a global membership representing a large cultural diversity within the technical moviemaking crafts.

The SOC also publishes the four-times annually Operating Cameraman Magazine, founded in 1991 and renamed the Camera Operator Magazine in 2007. Written from the perspective of the camera operator, each issue deals with issues relevant to the world-wide motion picture and TV industry. It includes articles on the development of the motion picture camera (from the silent era through modern equipment), aspect ratios, set etiquette, the digital revolution, and other informational subjects. Camera Operator magazine contains articles written by members who describe current motion pictures and television shows they have been working on—a true representation of the experiences of camera operators on the sets and on location.

The organization hosts an annual banquet,[1] The SOC Lifetime Achievement Awards, to honor those members who have contributed and advanced the craft of the camera operator. A portion of the proceeds from this event are donated to the Eye Care Clinic Vision Center of the Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Renamed the Society of Camera Operators, more befitting its diverse membership of both men and women. The society's motto "We See It First!" is a descriptive slogan referring to the fact that the camera operator, by personally viewing the scene through the viewfinder of a motion picture camera, physically sees the scene prior to anyone else until the screened dailies. "As camera operators we see the EXACT angles that audiences will see onscreen, and not from monitors placed around the set showing the 'representation' of what the camera operator sees and experiences." (Michael Frediani, SOC past president)

Camera Operator of the Year – FilmEdit

The Society of Camera Operators for Camera Operator of the Year – Film is an annual award given by the society to camera operators for their outstanding achievements in field of filmmaking in a given year. The award was first given out in 2008 and, aside from 2011, has presented every year since, for film achievements from the previous year.


Year Winners/nominees Film
Jacques Jouffret Into the Wild
Colin Anderson There Will Be Blood
David Luckenbach 3:10 to Yuma
Jim McConkey The Kite Runner
Scott Sakamoto Michael Clayton
Robert Gorelick The Dark Knight
Will Arnot Milk
Stephen Campanelli Changeling
Kim Marks The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Martin Schaer Eagle Eye


Year Winners/nominees Film
Colin Anderson The Town
Stephen Campanelli Hereafter
Geoffrey Haley The Fighter
Peter Rosenfeld The Social Network
Scott Sakamoto Salt
Stephen Campanelli J. Edgar
Will Arnot The Help
Mitch Dubin War Horse
Peter Rosenfeld Cowboys & Aliens
Scott Sakamoto The Descendants
Mitch Dubin Lincoln
Colin Anderson The Master
Lukasz Bielan Life of Pi
Duane Manwiller The Hunger Games
Peter Robertson Anna Karenina
Peter Taylor Gravity
Ian Fox Saving Mr. Banks
Geoffrey Haley American Hustle
Jacques Jouffret Lone Survivor
Scott Sakamoto Labor Day
Chris Haarhoff Birdman
Stephen Campanelli The Maze Runner
David Chameides St. Vincent
Peter Rosenfeld Gone Girl
Into the Storm
Scott Sakamoto The Revenant
Colin Anderson Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Mitch Dubin Bridge of Spies
Ian Fox Jurassic World
Geoffrey Haley Steve Jobs
Ari Robbins La La Land
Stephen Campanelli Sully
David Emmerichs Nocturnal Animals
Mark Goellnicht Hacksaw Ridge
Petr Hlinomaz Manchester by the Sea
Jacques Jouffret Deepwater Horizon
Roberto De Angelis Baby Driver
Colin Anderson Phantom Thread
Stephen Campanelli Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Gilles Corbeil The Shape of Water
Mitch Dubin The Post
Scott Sakamoto A Star Is Born
Michael Fuchs If Beale Street Could Talk
Jody Miller The Front Runner
Mathew Moriarty Beautiful Boy
Ricardo Sarmiento BlacKkKlansman
Geoff Haley Joker
Sam Ellison A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Craig Haagensen Motherless Brooklyn
David Luckenbach Ford v Ferrari
Dale Myrand Knives Out

Individuals with multiple awardsEdit

Individuals with multiple nominationsEdit


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  6. ^ ""J. Edgar" and "Glee" Take Top Awards from the SOC". About the Gear. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
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  8. ^ "'Gravity' Tops Camera Operators Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
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  10. ^ "Society of Camera Operators Reveals Nominees, Honors Cartoni for Lifetime Achievement". StudioDaily. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  11. ^ "'La La Land' Tops Camera Operators Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  12. ^ "Society of Camera Operators Announces Nominees for Camera Operator of the Year, Film and Television". Sound & Picture. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  13. ^ "'A Star Is Born' Camera Operator Tops SOC Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
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