The Society of Camera Operators will give cinematographer Steven Poster, ASC, the society’s 2019 Distinguished Service Award. The award will be presented January 18 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.
The Distinguished Service Award is given to an Individual who has served the community at large and/or the Society through their outstanding service and generosity. The Honoree is chosen by the Board of Governors and Awards Committee.
Poster served 13 years as president of the International Cinematographers Guild, a 9,000-member national trade union representing camera workers and film publicists across the United States. He was formerly a member of the executive board of the International Documentary Association, served as president of the American Society of Cinematographers, and is currently on the committee of the Nicholl Fellowship of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
“Helping my union Sisters and Brothers has been my biggest reward from union service. “That’s been in my nature most of my life,” said Poster. “I really have a passion to preserve our art and our craft as we’ve made the transition from film to digital and to make our lives better for as many people as I can. This job has given me the opportunity to achieve both of these goals. It’s amazing how much we love this business. I am deeply honored to be receiving this award from the Society of Camera Operators.”
During his tenure as president of the ASC, Poster was responsible for forming its technology committee, and continues to act as its co-chair. This committee is at the forefront in standard-setting recommendations for the paradigm-changing use of digital tools for cinematography, and the post-production control of images.
President of the SOC, George Billinger said, “Steven had led the way with his commitment to Local 600 members. He has forever changed our industry, bringing education and advancement to the set. It is the Society’s honor to present him with the Distinguished Service Award.”