Alessandro Pavone

DP | Producer

Based in Dubai, Italian born Alessandro has been working as a freelance director of photography and producer in current affairs and documentary programming for the past 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 2017 he filmed and produced for the PBS NewsHour a series of news feature stories funded by the Pulitzer Center on ethnic violence in South Sudan.

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.

 South Sudan, 2017

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WORK

For more videos please check my Vimeo and YouTube channels.

SELECTED CREDITS

  • After the fall | VICE on HBO 2018 | Camera operator

  • PBS Newshour:

    • 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

  • Trump's Top General in Afghanistan | Al Jazeera People and Power 2018 | Director of Photography

  • Off-Roading in the Abu Dhabi Desert | VICE Arabia 2018 | Director of Photography

  • The Dubai Special | BBC Travel Show 2017 | Director of Photography

  • Calcio storico | VICE World of Sports 2017 | Camera operator

  • Soccer's Battle of Algiers | VICE World of Sports 2017 | Camera operator

  • Italy Overwhelmed | The New York Times 2016 | Director of Photography

  • Escape to Europe | VICE on HBO 2016 | Camera operator

  • Global Jihad | VICE on HBO 2016 | Camera operator

  • The Female Taekwondo Fighters Of Kurdistan | VICE Fightland 2015 | Director of Photography, Producer

  • Gold market breaches 'covered up' | BBC Newsnight 2014 | Camera operator

  • Inside the Afghan National Army | VICE 2014 | Camera operator

  • Shroud of Turin: Material Evidence | BBC One 2008 | Producer

  

EQUIPMENT

All Ale's equipment is available for rental:

Lenses:

  • 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 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens
  • Rokinon 10mm T3.1 Cine Lens
  • Sony FE 28mm f/2 Lens

Lighting:

  • Cineroid Flexible LED Panel Light
  • Dedolight 3 x Head DLH4 kit + projector with Gobo's
  • Fotodiox LED Video camera light kit bi-colour
  • Scrim Jim 4 x 6 Cine Frame
  • Chimera 1880 Lantern with skirt 20"

Cameras:

  • Canon EOS C300 Mark II 
  • Sony Alpha A7S Mark II
  • GoPro - HERO4 Black 4K Ultra HD Camera
  • DJI Mavic Pro Camera Drone

Sound:

  • 2 x Sennheiser ew 100 ENG G3 Wireless Microphone Combo System
  • Sennheiser ME-66 Shotgun Microphone
  • Tram TR50 Omnidirectional Lavalier Condenser Microphone
  • Zoom H4n Digital Recorder

Supports:

  • Zhiyun-Tech Crane v2 handheld gimbal stabilizer
  • SmallHD FOCUS 5" On-Camera Monitor
  • Sachtler FSB-6 / 2 MD Aluminum Tripod System
  • Manfrotto 290 Xtra tripod
  • Slider SmartSLIDER Reflex S 800

ALE IN THE PRESS

BroadcastPro Middle East 2018 | Storytelling in conflict zones

Newsshooter 2018 | Filming major conflicts and humanitarian crises around the world

PBS 2017 | Column: Here’s what I learned from 3 years reporting in Iraq

Vanity Fair Italia 2016 | Cervellini in fuga