Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Director/Writer: Rianne Hill Soriano

Rianne Hill Soriano has a Bachelor of Arts in Film Audio-Visual Communication degree from the University of the Philippines Film Institute where her thesis film “Karsel,” the first 35mm thesis film production of the university, won the Kodak Film Award and Best Production Thesis 2003 (Narrative Film Category). It was also nominated for the Best Short Film category of the 17th Gawad Urian Awards.

In 2008, Rianne became a fellow of the Asian Film Professionals Training Program in Seoul, Korea. She is the first Filipino in the four years of this program of the Korean Film Council (KOFIC). She shot the 16mm short film “Technophilia” during her stay in Seoul.

“Karsel” competed/was exhibited in a number of film festivals and art-house events including: Israel’s TAU International Student Film Festival 2004, International Women’s Film Festival 2006, Pelikula at Lipunan Film and Video Festival 2004, Eksperimento Film Festival 2004, Cinevita Film Festival 2008, UP Diliman Film and Video Festival 2004, Pi Omicron Independent Film Festival 2004, Illuminations: Awarded Student Films of the UP Cinema Arts Society 2006, 1st Indeo Film and Video Festival 2004, among others. It was also aired on cable TV via UniversiTV.

Her second 35mm short film “Aninag,” a film grant from the NCCA, competed/was exhibited at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival 2005, New York Filipino Film Festival 2005, Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival 2006, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market 2005, Official Selection to UNESCO’s Audio-Visual E-Platform, Pi Omicron Independent Film Festival 2005, Cinema Purgatoryo 2005, 4th Neo-Angono Artists Collective Public Art Festival 2007, Magnet Featured Films (First Films) 2007, 3rd Place at Viva’s PBO Digitales Film Contest 2006, among others. It was also aired on cable TV via Pinoy Box Office (PBO).

As a freelance director for commercial/corporate productions, she directed a series of videos for De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, All About Scrapbooking Instructional Video for Hallmark Philippines, Tuldok Animation Studios, among others. She was also unit director for Galing Pilipino TV in 2006 and unit director/writer for Pilipinas Online: Bantay OCW in 2005. She was associate producer for a World Vision video project in 2008, segment producer for Philippine Reality TV (PRTV) in 2007, and assistant director for a number of campaigns and music and instructional videos since 2003 including projects for Viva Entertainment, EMI, and Star Records (music videos of Sarah Geronimo, Slapshock, Regine Tolentino, April Boy Regino, Blue Ketchup, among others). She also worked as trainee assistant director for ABS-CBN’s SCQ Reload in 2005.

Around a decade ago, she did performances as associate member of the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), appeared in some TV and film productions, and did freelance dubbing and voice talent works mainly on animes and telenovelas (“Timequest,” “Lazer Patrol,” “Solita,” and “Home TV Shopping”). She is also a member of the UP Cinema Arts Society, UP Fencing Club, and UP SAMASKOM where she performed for 2 years for the renowned annual music-comedy variety show LIVE AIDS.

During her employment at Hallmark Philippines, she did a number of PR writing works and built her first portfolio in photography, graphic arts, and print collaterals there. She shot and edited advertising photos for Hallmark Cards, All About Scrapbooking, Titania Foot Care Products, and Bic Ballpens. She also became an arts instructor for scrapbooking workshops in National Book Store and Powerbooks outlets. She also designed the Hallmark Card “Makulay ang Paskong Pinoy” for the 2006 Hallmark for L. I. F. E. Christmas Card Collection.

Since 2005, she has been a Professional Writer for Entertainment for Yehey.com’s Movies page. She has a column for her film articles and reviews films in a weekly basis. Since 2006, she has been teaching digital filmmaking and directing for 3D animators at the First Academy of Computer Arts. She was also a part-time lecturer for film photography, videography, writing for radio, film, and TV, and advertising and public information from 2007-2008 at the Colegio de San Lorenzo.

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