Alex Buono’s Art of Visual Storytelling Tour Coming to Seattle This Saturday

We just got a sweet deal with MZed to offer a $15 discount (“AVS2SEAD“) to all Seattle Documentary Association Members. You can register here.

Below is some more information about the workshop and Alex Buono:

In 2013 MZed produced The Art of Visual Storytelling Tour featuring Saturday Night Live Film Unit Cinematographer Alex Buono. This educational workshop visited 31 cities teaching a comprehensive overview of the filmmaking process and elicited rave reviews from its over 4000 attendees.

This summer MZed is proud to announce Alex Buono’s Visual Storytelling 2; Style & Subtext in Cinema.This 32-city tour is a follow-up filmmaking workshop that goes beyond the original tour by focusing on lighting & shooting techniques with a full day of live demonstrations. Alex’s 15 seasons shooting for SNL have given him the opportunity to shoot essentially every filmmaking genre. Because of SNL’s format, he faces incredible time demands; virtually every shooting situation presents challenges that must be overcome with almost no prep time. Alex’s field-tested experience allows him to teach attendees skills and techniques to utilize in a variety of lighting & shooting situations, such as shooting in mixed color temperatures, shooting in a car, choosing the proper lens, and controlling natural light.

One of the hallmarks of Visual Storytelling 2 is that it will be taught using gear that is practical and accessible. There will be a limited gear package used during the class and the instruction will utilize the same set of tools in different ways. This approach will give filmmakers range and flexibility to create several different looks with a modest set of affordable and easy to acquire resources.

Just like its predecessor, Visual Storytelling 2 is divided into a daytime hands-on workshop and an evening lecture. In 2013, the evening lecture was all about the principles of visual structure. This time around, Alex will focus on visual subtext, one of the biggest things that separates average films from the greatest films of all time. Alex will delve into art history, literature, religion, politics and philosophy, and will discuss the seven most practical ways to add subtext to your films – things like camera movement, composition, lighting, sound design, production design, hair design and even makeup.