Born in Portland, Oregon, Alex attended 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. Soon after, Alex became a full-time cinematographer of indie films, music videos and at Saturday Night Live, where he has been the Director of Photography for the SNL Film Unit since 1999.
In 2003, Alex received an Oscar Nomination for the short film Johnny Flynton, which he shot and also produced. Alex repeated the role of cinematographer & co-producer onGreen Street Hooligans which won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the 2005 South By Southwest Film Festival. Following, Alex wrote, produced and shot the documentary feature Bigger Stronger Faster*, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
Other credits include the award-winning ESPN comedy series Mayne Street as well as 2nd Unit DP work on the ABC series Detroit 187, the HBO series True Blood and the NBC series Chicago Fire. Alex is a member of the International Cinematographer’s Guild, the International Documentary Association and the Writer’s Guild of America.
He lives in Venice, California where he continues to write, produce, and shoot for his production company, Third Person. For more information, visit www.alex-buono.com.