Steven Poster, ASC to Receive SOC Distinguished Service Award

I’ve been able to interview a number of cinematographers and filmmakers over the years, but one of my favorite people to interview in the industry has been Steven Poster, ASC. Poster has always been willing to take the time for an interview and share his opinions based on his talent and decades of experience about the current state of the industry, set safety and of course technology. You may know Steven Poster from his work on legendary films like Donnie Darko, as the president of
ICG or the ASC or as a crusader camera department safety. This the Society of Camera Operators has sought fit to recognize his decades of accomplishments by presenting Poster with the “Distinguished Service Award” for their Lifetime Achievement Awards to be held on Saturday, January 18, 2020.

From my most interview with Steven Poster, ASC at the Band Pro One World Open House 2018.

Steven Poster, ASC at the Sarah Jones Candlelight Vigil with John Baily, ASC in 2015

Here is more from the SOC’s Press Release

Los Angeles, CA, (September 17, 2019) -The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) announces that Steven Poster, ASC will receive the SOC 2019 Distinguished Service Award. The awards will be presented during the Lifetime Achievement Awards hosted Saturday, January 18, 2020 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.
Steven Poster served 13 years as the 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.
Steven Poster, “helping my union Sisters and Brothers” has been my biggest reward from union service. “That’s been in my nature most of my life,” he said. “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.

Steven Poster, ASC speaking at the Sarah Jones candlelight vigil in 2015 became a crusader for on set safety for camera department members of all levels.

President of the SOC, George Billinger, “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 Steven Poster with the Distinguished Service Award.”
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Written by Clint Milby

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