In 1979, thirteen Camera Operators banded together with the goal of advancing the position of the working Camera Operator in the motion picture and television industries. They drew up a constitution and by-laws and the Society of Operating Cameramen was born with the motto: “We See It First!”
This was the first step toward bringing a higher understanding and respect for all craftspeople in the industry. Incorporated in 1981 in California as a nonprofit organization, the SOC has since changed its name to The Society of Camera Operators.
The SOC has brought 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.
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