ALBERT RANO

Filmmaker. Photographer. Storyteller. 

This is my story. 
My name is Albert but my family and childhood friends call me "Chico", named after my American-Italian grandfather. I was born and raised in the Philippines, where the culture and stunning landscapes pieced together the lens that captures my world.
 
I grew up immersed in two diverse cultures: 13,544km apart to be exact. I believe that my upbringing has taught me to embrace all the different qualities and cultural nuances that make me a third-culture kid. 
I began my professional career working as a drone operator for Asian Air Safari, a documentary show featuring unique flying and travel adventures. I continued my passion for documentaries as I worked as a freelance Cinematographer and Editor for Votary Films while attending Emerson College in Boston.
 
In May 2018, I embarked on one of my greatest artistic challenges. I travelled to Haiti for one-week to direct and shoot a short-documentary titled, "Florise: The Beauty of Haiti", which celebrates it's people, landscapes and culture through the eyes of a 15-year old girl.  The film screened at several festivals across the world and received First Prize at the Haiti International Film Festival.
The two-week experience working for TUI Blue across Europe  led to an even bigger opportunity to live and work in Tuscany for three months for Toscana Resort Castelfalfi. Since then, my photography has been featured across several platforms including Conde Nast Traveller, National Geographic and BACCALA. 
 
I'm now based outside of Florence, continuing my passion for the arts and teaching an online course helping others become visual storytellers. 
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"WORLD'S LARGEST HOTEL LEISURE BRAND"

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DIRK ALTHOFF

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

"Albert is one of the most talented and kind people I have had the pleasure of working with so far. His perseverance in initiating a cooperation with TUI BLUE with arguments and professional preparation is remarkable. Albert always manages to stay in touch and share his ideas without ever being pushy. This has led to the fact that Albert is now not only a very good business partner, but a buddy with whom I always enjoy exchanging thoughts"

"AWARD WINNING LUXURY HOTEL"

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ELISA BIAGINI

MARKETING & COMMUNICATION MANAGER

"I was immediately impressed with Albert's skills and professionalism, and I offered him a short-term collaboration in Castelfalfi for September and October 2019. Despite the foreign culture, he immediately immersed himself in the Italian lifestyle, making him a part of the family at Castelfalfi. He worked with the Marketing Department developing video and photo content for our website and social media"

"FASHION, ART & PHOTOGRAPHY MAGAZINE"

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SCOTT A. SANT'ANGELO

FOUNDER

AWARDS

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BEST SHORT FILM - Haiti International Fi
SEMI-FINALIST - Film Crash Film Festival

Haiti International Film Festival 2019

Winner -"Florise: The Beauty of Haiti"

Film Crash Film Festival 2019

Winner - "Florise: The Beauty of Haiti"

 

Film Crash Film Festival 2019

Winner - "College Nomad"

 

Miami Independent Film Festival 2019

Semi-Finalist - "Florise: The Beauty of Haiti"

HollyShorts Film Festival 2019

Official Selection - "Florise: The Beauty of Haiti"

 

NYC Short Documentary Film Festival 2019

Official Selection - "Florise: The Beauty of Haiti"

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"Working with Albert on the Shepard Fairey video piece went very well, more so as it was our first project together. He understood our direction, aesthetic and level of quality set forth and required. Since then we continue to collaborate on various projects and most recently he was named as a Contributing Editor to our printed issues and online Features."

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