Camera Operators Awards: Gravity & Mad Men Take Lifetime Honors

The Society of Camera Operators tonight announced winners of the Camera Operator of the Year Awards in film and television at its 2014 Annual Lifetime Achievement Awards. Additional honors were presented to previously announced recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Distinguished Service Award, Technical Achievement Award and President’s Award during the black-tie event in Herscher Hall at the Skirball Cultural Center.

A special In Memoriam tribute to Sarah Jones, the 27-year-old assistant camerawoman killed by a train while filming Midnight Rider on February 20, was included in the evening’s events. Jones’ parents, Richard and Elizabeth, were in attendance.

Lifetime Achievement Award recipients included Chris Haarhoff, Camera Operator; Bill Coe, Camera Technician; Barry Wetcher, SMPSP, Still Photographer; Jack Carpenter, Mobile Camera Platform Operator. The Distinguished Service Award was presented to the Founder of Filmtools, Inc., Stan McClain. Leonard Chapman, Founder of Chapman-Leonard Studio Equipment, received the President’s Award. Accepting the Technical Achievement Awards were President Tom Hallman, on behalf of Pictorvision, and Dave Grober, Founder and President, on behalf of Motion Picture Marine. The honor for Historical Shot went to J. Michael Muro for his zip line shot in The Mighty Quinn.

Presenters for this year’s awards were producer/director Will Gluck (Annie) and producer Duncan Henderson (Oblivion). Guests included ICG President Steven Poster, ICG National Executive Director Bruce Doering, Society of Camera Operators President Chris Tufty, President of Local 871 Michele Tedlis Sorbo and President of Local 80 Russell Nordstedt. Richard Crudo, President of American Society of Cinematographers, presented the Camera Operator of the Year Awards.


Camera Operator of the YearFeature Film
– Peter Taylor, Gravity (ACO, SOC)

Camera Operator of the YearTelevision
– Don Devine, Mad Men (SOC)

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