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Adam Epstein

Frequent readers of our site are likely familiar with the work of the Film Unit over at Saturday Night Live. On multiple occasions, we’ve covered the work of the Film Unit DP Alex Buono, most recently as he talked us through his work on the Wes Anderson parody, The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders. As we know from Buono’s posts, the pre-production and production of these pieces are done on extremely tight deadlines due to the fact that SNL is a weekly show with multiple “shorts” per episode. However, for those of you who thought that those processes were as stressful and hectic as it gets, wait until you hear about (and watch) the post production of a few recent SNL shorts.

I recently talked with Saturday Night Live Film Unit editor Adam Epstein about some of his recent work for the storied television show. We chat about everything from how he landed at SNL to the technical aspects of his work as an editor for the show. More »

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Her spoofSpike Jonze’s Her has done some interesting things since it first poked its precocious head out from obscurity. It has challenged viewers’ hearts and minds, pushed the boundaries of how we treat romance and science fiction in cinema, and taken huge risks to tell a story about a lonely man looking for love. Of course — this is all ripe for parody. Since the weekend is coming to a close, let’s all enjoy a couple of videos that poke fun at Her in the most hilarious way possible — with Jonah Hill in high-waisted pants watching Michael Cera, as the Surrogate, dance for him. More »

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Wes Anderson SpoofWes Anderson, with all of his quirky, very overt style of set design and filmmaking techniques, is a prime target for parody. Now that the trailer to his latest film The Grand Budapest Hotel has been circulating throughout the interwebs, and with the rise in successful indie horror films, and since Halloween is right around the corner, Saturday Night Live took on satirizing his signature style with a bit of a sinister twist in a sketch from last night’s show. Check out SNL’s “The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders” after the jump: More »

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Art of Visual Storytelling - Alex BuonoReferring to him by his work on Saturday Night Live is easy shorthand, but it’s only a small part of Academy Award-nominated DP Alex Buono’s toolset. He has shot features, docs, shorts, commercials, and everything in between, and he’s decided to take what he’s learned and go on a workshop tour of the US (including stops in Canada). The difference with this workshop series is that it’s not just about learning to shoot, but about everything that goes into the creation of a shot, including the theories behind why shots are design visually in particular ways. Check out his introduction below: More »

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Alex Buono, Director of Photography for Saturday Night Live, has been shooting on DSLRs for quite some time (the intro for the show was in fact shot on a Canon 5D Mark II and 7D). Here, he gets his hands on a C300, shoots some spots for the show, and talks about his impressions of the camera (which are quite positive). Here’s the video, courtesy Clint Milby: More »