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Alex Buono, Saturday Night Live Director of Photography to Visit IPR

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Director of Career Services, Norbert Kreuzer, has partnered with Canon to bring Saturday Night Live Director of Photography Alex Buono to IPR. Alex will be speaking to IPR students on the subject of filming video with your DSLR. He’ll describe what it’s like to work in the Saturday Night Live environment and talk about the advantages of using a Canon DSLR verses other formats. More on this next week…..

Alexander Buono Bio (2011)

Producer / Director of Photography

Born in Portland, Oregon, Alex moved to Los Angeles in 1991 to attend the University of Southern California 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 and Charlie Hunnam, 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, which he shot in Shanghai with an all-Chinese crew.

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’s 5Dm2 and 7D cameras, earning him sponsorship with both CanonUSA and Lexar Media. Most recently, Alex continued his experimentation with Canon DSLRs as the 2nd Unit director/DP for the new ABC drama series Detroit 187. Alex is a member of the International Cinematographer’s Guild, the International Documentary Association and the Writer’s Guild of America. Alex lives in Venice, California where he continues to write, produce, and shoot for his production company, Third Person, and is represented by Hyphen Management.

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