What is SOC
The Society of Camera Operators began in 1979 as the Society of Operating Cameramen (SOC)—an organization dedicated to the advancement of the art and creative contributions of the Camera Operator in the Motion Picture and Television Industries.
Having since changed its name to The Society of Camera Operators, the SOC continues to bring industry leaders and cinematic artists into the closest confederation. Society members are kept at the forefront of the industry’s ever-advancing technology through our continuing workshops and corporate sponsored equipment showcases.
Our Camera Operator magazine is noted for its significant contribution to the industry. Informative articles and interviews range from historical pieces to in-depth coverage of the most current technology.
Vision, the essential ingredient that we as Camera Operators use in our daily work, bonds us to children with vision problems. Incorporated as a nonprofit charitable organization in 1981, the SOC dedicates its full support to the Vision Center at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Annually, the SOC meets this challenge with proceeds from the Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Our member-based Lifetime Achievement Award nominations highlight the careers of the best in the industry. These artists of the camera crew receive a golden CAMMY as a token of our admiration. Technical Achievement Awards are presented to the corporate community for their contributions to the advancement of equipment and techniques vital to the work of Camera Operators.
Active Membership in the Society is open to Camera Operators. Associate Membership is open to Directors of Photography, Camera Assistants and Still Photographers. Corporate Membership is extended to participating corporations. Membership is open to qualified persons of any nationality.