Society of Operating Cameramen Formed

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Society of Operating Cameramen Formed


A fledgling society, numbering among its aims the proper recognition of the operating cameraman, sets forth high ideals for its activities

The Society of Operating Cameramen is a newly-formed organization intended to outline and enhance the image of operating cameramen in the film and television industries.

The SOC elected a 30-member Board of Governors and installed the following officers: Bob Marta, president; Bill Clark, vice-president; John Stevens, second vice-president; Peter Hapke, third vicepresident; Jay Nefcy/Gil Haimson, cotreasurers; Jack Green/Elliot Davis, co-secretaries.

Plans for a series of membership activities will, "Bring the role of the operating cameraman back to basics," said Marta. "The role of the organization is professional and non-political."

Bill Swearingen, sergeant-at-arms said, "The 1980s began with changes in almost every aspect of our society. Modern technology looms over the horizon of film and television professionals. We at the SOC will expand the artistic recognition of the operating cameramen through professional scientific knowledge."

Harry Wolf, president of the American Society of Cinematographers, encouraged members of the new organization at their June meeting saying, "This is a great forum for the edification of the membership regarding scientific advancements. With the advent of the new technologies, clubs like the SOC offer its members social gatherings for the purpose of interaction and information."

Another ASC member, and president of IATSE 659 International Photographers Local, Frank Stanley, stressed the importance of the operator to the Director of Photography. "I stand in awe of you and what you do," Stanley said. "As some of you move up to Director of Photography, you will realize, as I do, the importance of the operator and his contributions to our work. …

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