Camera operator wins Society's top honor

“Into the Wild” camera operator Jacques Jouffret received the award for Camera Operator of the Year in feature film at the annual Society of Camera Operators’ annual awards presentation Saturday night.

“I can’t believe it,” Jouffret told the audience at the Goldenson Theater of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “I do believe I have the greatest job on set.”

Michael Keaton presented Mitch Dubin (“Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull”) with the award for lifetime achievement in camera operating.

“Into the Wild” camera operator Jacques Jouffret received the award for camera operator of the year in feature film at the Society of Camera Operators’ annual awards presentation on Saturday night.

“I can’t believe it,” Jouffret told the audience at the Goldenson Theater of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “I do believe I have the greatest job on set.”

Michael Keaton presented Mitch Dubin (“Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull”) with the award for lifetime achievement in camera operating.

The SOC also held a memorial tribute to Scott Rathner, who died in August, two months after starting production on the latest “Indiana Jones” film. He was recognized for lifetime achievement as a camera technician.

Tilman Buettner won the award for historical shot, recognizing his achievement as a Steadicam operator on “The Russian Ark.” The 2002 film is a single, 90-minute take.

Most of the SOC’s presentation comprised lifetime achievement awards. Recipients included d.p. Robert Primes (“Felicity”), who drew the President’s Award; Panavision VP Joe Dunton, the Board of Governors Award for service to the motion picture industry; Francois Duhamel (“There Will Be Blood”), still photography; and Larry McConkey (“The Sopranos”) for mobile camera platform operator.

Technical achievement nods were presented to Panavision for the Genesis HD camera system and to Tiffen and Garrett Brown for the Ultra2 Steadicam.

George Spiro Dibie, past president of the Intl. Cinematographers Guild, received the SOC’s distinguished service award.

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