DP | Producer
Italian born Alessandro has been working as a freelance director of photography and producer in current affairs and documentary programming for the fifteen ten years.
After leaving his country, Ale began freelancing in London for independent production companies overseeing the production of various documentary programs including the BBC "Shroud of Turin: Material Evidence". Based in Kabul and then in Istanbul from 2011 to 2015, Alessandro has filmed conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. From 2011-2013, he was on the frontline for NATO's news desk in Afghanistan. Highlights included exclusive access to the Afghan Army to cover night raids by special forces, this story was featured on Al Jazeera News' special coverage. Beyond the Middle East and Afghanistan, Alessandro has also covered recent terror attacks in Paris and Brussels, climate change in Greenland and in Somalia. In 2018 he filmed and produced for the PBS NewsHour a series of news feature stories funded by the Pulitzer Center on the migrants’ abuse and the Islamic State resurgence in Libya.
Alessandro was also part of the PBS Newshour team to receive the 2017 Overseas Press Club citation (honourable mention) in the Edward R. Murrow Award for their "The Fight for Iraq" series.
Ale’s strong experience in the field spans from presenter-led feature programs and high-profile interviews to one man crew (shoot/produce/edit), as well as in larger teams as a director of photography or 2nd unit camera operator. He strives to combine news and documentary filming with a cinematic approach using different tools like steadicams and drones. His extensive travel experience, risk assessment procedures’ management and knowledge of international politics makes him a great asset for complex shootings across unstable regions of the world.
ACOS Alliance credited Hostile Environment and First Aid Training course, 2018.
Italian mother tongue, fluent in Spanish, conversational French and Portuguese.
BA and Master’s Degree in Communication Studies, LUMSA University of Rome, 2004.
Get in touch:
Al Jazeera | People & Power:
The Forgotten Heroes of Empire 2019 | Director of Photography, Producer
Trump's Top General in Afghanistan 2018 | Director of Photography
After the fall 2018 | Vice on HBO | Camera operator
Off-Roading in the Abu Dhabi Desert | VICE Arabia 2018 | Director of Photography
Calcio storico 2017 | VICE World of Sports | Camera operator
Soccer's Battle of Algiers 2017 | VICE World of Sports | Camera operator
Escape to Europe 2016 | Vice on HBO | Camera operator
Global Jihad 2016 | Vice on HBO | Camera operator
The Female Taekwondo Fighters Of Kurdistan 2015 | VICE Fightland | Director of Photography, Producer
Inside the Afghan National Army 2014 | VICE | Camera operator
A brutal life for migrants in Libya: trafficking, detention or death en route to Europe 2018 | Videographer, Producer
As climate change parches Somalia, frequent drought comes with conflict over fertile land 2018 | Videographer, Producer
Meet a couple separated by thousands of miles and America’s new refugee policies 2018 | Videographer
How rape is used as a weapon in South Sudan's war 2017 | Videographer, Producer
Areas of Mosul are still under siege, but signs of life return 2017 | Videographer, Producer
The Dubai Special 2017 | BBC Travel Show | Director of Photography
Italy Overwhelmed 2016 | The New York Times | Director of Photography
Gold market breaches 'covered up' 2014 | BBC Newsnight | Camera operator
Shroud of Turin: Material Evidence 2008 | BBC One | Assistant producer
All Ale's equipment is available for rental:
ALE IN THE PRESS
The Guardian | 'We were abandoned': the Kenyan soldier forgotten by Britain
RAI Italia | Alessandro Pavone, reporter di guerra
BroadcastPro Middle East | Storytelling in conflict zones
Vanity Fair Italia | Cervellini in fuga
Canon EOS C300 Mark II
Sony Alpha A7S Mark II
GoPro Hero6 Black 4K Action Camera
DJI Mavic 2 Pro Camera Drone
2 x Sennheiser AVX Digital Wireless Microphone Set
Sennheiser ME-66 Shotgun Microphone
Zoom H4n Digital Recorder
DJI Ronin-S gimbal stabilizer
SmallHD FOCUS 5" On-Camera Monitor
Sachtler FSB-6 / 2 MD Aluminum Tripod System
Slider SmartSLIDER Reflex S 800
Canon 18-80mm T4.4 COMPACT-SERVO Cinema Zoom Lens
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L II
Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS II
Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 IS
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8
Rokinon 50mm T1.5 Cine Lens
Rokinon 10mm T3.1 Cine Lens
Sony FE 28mm f/2 Lens
Cineroid Flexible LED Panel Light
Dedolight 3 x Head DLH4 kit + projector with Gobo's
Scrim Jim 4 x 6 Cine Frame
Chimera 1880 Lantern with skirt 20"