SNL Cinematographer Alex Buono to Speak at RCC Photo Department

SNL Cinematographer Alex Buono to speak at Randolph Community College Wed. Feb. 23 @ 7 p.m.





ASMP/NC is proud to present an evening with award-winning cinematographer Alex Buono at Randolph Community

College, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Canon and Explorers of Light.

In the world of film and television, there is no deadline more unmovable than when you hear those magical words, “Live from New York, It’s Saturday Night! ” As a 10-year veteran of the Saturday Night Live Film Unit, Alex Buono must deliver high-end commercial parodies and short films in as few as 24 hours, and he will share with you how shooting with the Canon 5DmII & 7D has revolutionized the way he works.

Alex will use his experience over the decade at SNL to demonstrate everything you need to know when it comes to shooting videos with your DSLR. Topics covered will include an extensive setup primer: discussing shutter speeds, frame rates, aspect ratios, camera settings, and vital production gear. Alex will also cover his work flow – both on-set and in post production, including topics such as, “Advantages of Canon DSLR versus other Formats”; “Transcoding files into edit-friendly codecs”; and “How to create time lapse sequences”.

Whether you are a still photographer looking to transition into video production or a veteran cinematographer looking to embrace new technology, this lecture will provide a comprehensive introduction to HDSLR cinema.

Born in Portland, Oregon, Alex moved to Los Angeles in 1991 to attend the USC School of Cinematic Arts, majoring in film production and still photography. His early post-collegiate years were spent on the camera crews of studio films including Twister, Conspiracy Theory, and Armageddon, learning from top ASC cinematographers and personal mentors including Conrad Hall, Don Burgess, Dean Cundey, and John Schwartzman.

Soon after, Alex became a full-time cinematographer of indie films, music videos, and as the Director of Photography for the Saturday Night Live Film Unit.

In 2003, Alex received an Oscar Nomination for the short film Johnny Flynton, which he photographed and also produced. Alex repeated the dual role of cinematographer and co-producer on Green Street Hooligans, about London’s football-gang subculture starring Elijah Wood, which won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the 2005 South By Southwest Film Festival. He was also the cinematographer of Shanghai Kiss, shot in China and starring Hayden Panettiere. Following, Alex wrote, produced and shot the documentary feature Bigger Stronger Faster*, which premiered in competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was distributed theatrically by Magnolia Pictures.

In 2009, Alex’s 10th season with Saturday Night Live marked his first experimentation with the new HDSLR format, shooting the show’s title sequence and most of the season’s commercial parodies with Canon 5D and 7D cameras. Alex lives in Venice, California where he continues to write, produce, and shoot for his production company, Third Person.

Please join us for this exciting program.


Social hour starts at 6:00 p.m. and Alex’s program begins at 7:00 p.m.

Registration & Pay-for-Meal:

Since seating is limited, please e-mail an RSVP to John Pagliuca and bring $5 cash to the meeting if you want to take advantage of our Pay-for-Meal (refreshments and pizza.) Correct change is much appreciated!

Click here for more information and to register                        

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