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Society of Camera Operators hand out prizes

Top honors went to Anderson, Frederick

Amidst all the hoopla of awards season, the honors bestowed by the Society of Camera Operators sometimes get overshadowed, but deserve mention nonetheless. At its Feb. 5 gala held on the Warner Bros. lot, SOC gave out its golden Cammys and other kudos.

Top honors went to Steadicam operator Colin Anderson, who was voted feature film operator of the year for his work on Ben affleck’s “The Town,” and camera operator David Frederick, who got the television camera operator of the year trophy for FX’s “Sons of Anarchy.”

SOC also picked several Lifetime Achievement awards honorees: camera operator Michael Ferris (“Spiderman 3”), first assistant camera technician Alan Disler (“The Patriot”), mobile camera platform operator and underwater camera operator Pete Romano (“Inception”) and stills photographer David James (“Shindler’s List”).

Each year SOC also picks a historical shot that stands out as technically challenging and memorable. Jost Vacano got that nod for his work on the Wolfgang Peterson-helmed feature “Das Boot.”

Other honors included the President’s Award, received by grip union Local 80, and the Distinguished Service Award, given to Frank Kay of JL Fisher. Technical Achievement Awards went to Arri for the Alexa camera and to Ultimate Arm for its Gyrostabilized Camera Crane.

“It was a wonderful night for all the below-the-line crew members that rarely get this kind of recognition,” said SOC first VP Jack Messitt.

The event raises awareness of the SOC’s ongoing charity, the Vision Center at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles.

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