Stephen Campanelli, SOC, Camera Operator & Director
Stephen Campanelli bought a steadicam in the late 80’s and it changed his life! He was the first to combine “A” Camera operating and steadicam and in doing so unlocked an entirely new filmmaking perspective that quickly peaked the interests of some of Hollywood’s top directors, including Stephen’s boyhood idol: Clint Eastwood. Stephen first joined Clint on the Oscar nominated “Bridges of Madison County” and has remained Clint’s most trusted camera operator ever since. Spanning over 20 years and not missing one movie, which include the Oscar winning: “Million Dollar Baby” “Mystic River” along with“Gran Torino”, and last years, “Jersey Boys”, “American Sniper” and the latest “Sully” all shot under Stephen’s visual, experienced eye.
Stephen won the SOC Camera Operator of the Year in 2012 for his work on “J.Edgar”, as well as giving Clint the Lifetime Acheivement award to his mentor that night.