SOC 'Wild' about Jouffret

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"Into the Wild's" Jacques Jouffret won the top prize for feature film Saturday at the Society of Camera Operators' Lifetime Achievement and Camera Operator of the Year Awards presentation.

The SOC also presented director of photography Robert Primes with its President's Award for lifetime achievement in the industry and dedication to the SOC.

Primes won Emmys in 1995 for "Antonia" and in 1999 for "Felicity." He won an American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Award in 2002 for "MDs."

The SOC Board of Governors Award for lifetime achievement in the service of the motion picture industry was presented to industry visionary and Panavision vp Joe Dunton.

Mitch Dubin, whose credits include "Munich" and "Jerry McGuire," was honored for Lifetime Achievement in Camera Operating.

The SOC held a memorial tribute to Scott Rathner — whose credits include the upcoming "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" and "The Spiderwick Chronicles," which bowed this weekend — for his achievement as a camera technician.

Francois Duhamel ("There Will Be Blood") was recognized for lifetime achievement as a still photographer; Larry McConkey (steadicam operator on "Bonfire of the Vanities") was honored for lifetime achievement as mobile camera platform operator; and "The Russian Ark" from Steadicam operator Tilman Buettner earned the best historical shot award.

Technical Achievement Awards were presented to Panavision for the Genesis HD camera system, and Tiffen and Garrett Brown for the Ultra2 Steadicam.

International Cinematographer's Guild past president George Spiro Dibie was honored with the SOC Distinguished Service Award.

Proceeds from the SOC event, held Saturday night at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Goldenson Theater, will go the Eye Care Clinic at Los Angeles' Childrens Hospital.
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