July 1, 2012
By Melody Uy
Alex Buono, director of photography for the Saturday Night Live (SNL) Film Unit, has been experimenting with the HDSLR format since 2009, when he shot the show’s title sequence and most of the show’s parodies with Canon 5D and 7D cameras.
“The reason why we chose DLSRs is because first of all this was being directed by our still portrait photographer Mary Ellen Matthews. For her signature portrait style look, she wanted to do all these different individual scenes at night, so each cast member gets his or her own night exterior location,” Buono explains. “Normally we’d just get the cast members together in one bar or restaurant, have one big lighting setup, but in this case I just didn’t have a big enough lighting crew that could handle that many different setups all over the city.”