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Roger Corman Tops List of 2004 SOC Award Winners

Society of Camera Operators to present awards on November 6 (October 18, 2004)

The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) will present its 2004 Governor's Award to Roger Corman at the 16th Annual SOC Lifetime Achievement Awards banquet on November 6 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

"Roger Corman has compiled an exceptional body of work that will stand the test of time," says SOC President David Diano. "His influence on independent filmmaking paved the way for a new generation of filmmakers. Roger Corman created an important and enduring body of work. His artistry and perseverance are a constant source of inspiration for every aspiring filmmaker with an unrealized dream."

Corman directed and produced a phenomenal number of ultra-low budget features during the 1950s and 1960s, including The Little Shop of Horrors, The Intruder, The Wild Angels, and The Trip. He went on to open his own independent production and distribution company called New World Pictures. His company became a major independent producer of movies for a young generation of moviegoers. His films included such cult classics as Death Race, Rock'n'Roll High School, Big Bad Mama, and Piranha. At the same time, Corman was producing foreign films with such legendary directors as Ingmar Bergman, Francois Truffaut, Frederico Fellini and Akira Kurosawa. In a 10 year period, his company won more Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film than all other studios combined.

After selling New World in 1983, Corman founded a new production / distribution company, Concorde New Horizons, which produced a "Roger Corman Presents" series of science fiction, horror and fantasy films for Showtime and the Black Scorpion series for the Sci Fi Channel.

Corman has received an Honorary Doctorate from the American Film Institute, and lifetime achievement awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics, the American Cinema Editors, the Academy of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the American Film Marketing Association.

SOC will also present lifetime achievement, aka "Cammy", Awards to camera operator Ray de La Motte, SOC, camera technician John M. Walker, still photographer Stephen Vaughan, SMPSP, and mobile camera platform operator Clay Lacy.

"These awards recognize talented individuals who are rarely in the limelight," says Diano. "Each of them has compiled a substantial body of work, and they have all consistently contributed to the success of many outstanding films. This recognition comes from their peers who are best able to appreciate their achievements."

SOC Technical Achievement Awards will be presented to Arriflex and Doggicam Systems for significant contributions made by those companies to advancing the art and craft. Arriflex is being honored for the ARRICam System. The system includes the ARRICam Studio and ARRICam Lite 35 mm cameras, plus lenses and accessories. Both cameras incorporate advanced features, which provide camera operators with extraordinary creative flexibility. The modular design enables camera crews to choose the features they need on each project.

Doggiecam Systems will be recognized for the Bodymount, which is being used to create intimate, close-up shots of characters. The Bodymount is a vest that enables operators to mount cameras on characters for up close and personal shots. The vest is hidden by the actor's wardrobe.

SOC also pays an annual tribute to a camera operator who created a memorable shot that made a significant and enduring contribution to advancing the art of filmmaking. Larry McConkey, SOC will receive the 2004 Historical Shot honors for an extraordinary Steadicam shot in Goodfellas, an award-winning 1990 feature film directed by Martin Scorsese and photographed by Michael Ballhaus, ASC. The Steadicam shot follows Ray Liotta and Lorraine Bracco, portraying Henry and Karen Hill, as they enter the Copacabana through a back door. McConkey stays with the couple as they move through the kitchen with employees and patrons reaching out to greet Henry as the couple makes their way into the nightclub. The shot lasts several minutes until the Hills reach their destination at a table that has been set up for them next to the stage.

About The SOC Awards
The SOC Awards were founded in 1981 for the purpose of recognizing and inspiring the pursuit of excellence in the art and craft of operating film and video cameras. The organization sponsors many educational programs and other initiatives designed to provide information and inspiration for its members and to enhance an understanding and appreciation for their skill and artistry. Membership is by invitation based on the individual's body of work.

Please call the SOC at 818-382-7070 for reservations. For additional information visit the SOC website at


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