(Woodland Hills, California--January 27, 2009) The Society of Camera Operators (SOC), a nonprofit association advancing the art and creative contribution of the operating cameraman in the motion picture and television industries, is presenting its 2009 Distinguished Service Award to Andy Romanoff, Executive Vice President, Technical Marketing and Strategy for Panavision, Inc.
The award will be bestowed at the SOC’s 2009 Lifetime Achievement Awards gala, to be held on Saturday, February 21, 2009 at the Leonard Goldenson Theater at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood, Calif.
Romanoff is being cited for a lifetime of contributions to the motion picture and television industry’s camera community. He introduced the Academy Award®-winning Louma cranes to the U.S., trained the original generation of Louma technicians and supervised Louma operations on "1941” and other films. A pioneer in film camera time-code synchronizing systems, he designed and marketed the first commercially available time code system intended for multi-camera filming, and designed Concertcom, the first fully integrated monitoring, timing and communications system for filming of concerts and events.
He also holds several patents bearing directly on better, more efficient camera use in filmmaking including adjustable Automatic Backpan Compensation, used daily on film sets everywhere, and the fourth axis head, which permits the camera to see “right” and “left” even when pointed straight down.
He has been part of the Panavision senior management team since 1997.
“I am deeply honored by the SOC’s decision to name me as the recipient of this award,” said Romanoff. “The film and TV business, and the people in it are my calling and my community. I’m grateful to the members of the SOC and to my colleagues at Panavision for their friendship and support.”
Noted Bob Beitcher, president and CEO of Panavision, Inc., “The SOC couldn’t have done better than choosing to recognize Andy Romanoff with its Distinguished Service Award. In so many ways, he represents the very best in our industry and has done so for many years. His commitment to all technical matters related to image capture is legendary and his depth and breadth of knowledge and experience is only outmatched by his loyalty to family, friends, and industry colleagues. We’re honored to have him as a member of the Panavision team and thrilled to share this evening with him..
About the company
Founded in 1954, Panavision Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of high-precision camera systems, comprising of film and digital cameras, lenses and accessories for the motion picture and television industries. Panavision systems are rented through its domestic and international owned and operated facilities and distributor network. Panavision also supplies lighting, grip and crane equipment for use by motion picture and television productions.