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Adam Epstein Talks Editing for SNL and “The Cutting Edge” Workshop

SNL editor Adam Epstein opens up on the incredibly fast workflow of editing for a weekly sketch comedy show. Adam Epstein is a freelance editor. For the last five years, he’s worked with the Saturday Night Live film unit, editing parody pieces of all kinds. He’s just begun a nationwide workshop tour with “The Cutting Read MoreRead More

How they Shot the Wes Anderson Horror Movie Spoof

DP Alex Buono explains the production process involved in shooting ”The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders” – a spoof that imagines a horror film as directed by Wes Anderson: Let’s start at the beginning. This spot was simply titled, “New Horror Trailer” and when I first glanced at the script on a Wednesday night, I figured Read MoreRead More

Behind the Scenes of SNL’s “Djesus Uncrossed”

SNL’s Digital Shorts DP Alex Buono discusses in depth the tight schedule and production of the controversial Quentin Tarantino spoof “Djesus Uncrossed” (Watch the Sketch on Hulu) I’m reading the script for the first time, thinking – “We’re supposed to shoot all of this…TOMORROW?”  The script was written by Zach Kanin and Colin Jost – Read MoreRead More

The Making of SNL’s “Bathroom Business”

Alex Buono, SNL’s short film camera unit, describes the process of shooting and lighting “bathroom business” – detailing the lighting and set design required for this 100 second sketch In the script, written by Co-Head Writer Colin Jost, Keenan Thompson plays a workaholic executive who can’t stand wasting even a moment of time by taking a Read MoreRead More

How Alex Buono shot SNL’s “History of Punk” Sketch

Cinematographer Alex Buono describes the process of shooting the SNL sketch “History of Punk” a satirical tribute to Margaret Thatcher that required recreating different looks of the punk era on an extremely tight schedule. For starters, let’s talk about the weekly schedule at SNL. The writers and cast members have to reinvent the show every Read MoreRead More

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