The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) will gather at the Leonard Goldenson Theater of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Feb. 21, for its annual awards ceremony.
The 2009 nominees for Camera Operator of the Year are: Will Arnot, SOC (Milk), Stephen Campanelli, SOC (The Changeling), Robert Gorelick, SOC (The Dark Knight), Kim Marks, SOC (The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button), and Martin Schaer, SOC (Eagle Eye). The award recognizes outstanding merits of the “A” Camera Operator on a feature film.
In addition, the SOC President’s Award will be bestowed upon Mole Richardson executive Larry Mole Parker in recognition of his tireless efforts to support the education of entering filmmakers and the enduring culture of the members of the SOC.
Longtime member of the SOC and top-tiered Panavision executive Andy Romanoff will receive the Society’s Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his support and hard-working dedication to motion picture camera crews and cinematographers throughout his professional career.
The SOC will also present their Cammy Awards, honoring lifetime achievements, to camera operator Michael Scott (Donnie Darko, Speed); camera technician Bob Hall (Dark Knight, The Pursuit of Happyness); still photographer Ralph Nelson (Frost/Nixon, Eagle Eye); helicopter pilot/camera operator Al Cerullo (Spiderman, I am Legend).
George Paddock, Chris Haarhoff, Mark O’Kane and David Emmerichs of GPI will be honored for their technical achievement in the development of the PRO Camera Stabilization System.
Douglas Trumbull (2001, Brainstorm) will be recognized by the SOC for his technical achievement in the development of the Slit Scan Photographic Process in motion picture photography as featured in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 as well as many other film projects.
“The Lifetime Achievement Award enables our peers and the industry to acknowledge the importance of an individual’s contribution to cinematography, the motion picture industry and the Society of Camera Operators,” says SOC past president and awards event producer David Frederick. “It is the one industry awards event that heralds the accomplishments of below-the-line individuals who make up the backbone of the industry.”
The event will raise funds for the Vision Center of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a cause that the SOC has been sponsoring for 26 years.