A Passion for Film: Alumna Corinna Rombi
JCU Alumna Corinna Rombi, from Siena, Italy, majored in Communications and minored in Marketing. In the past, she interned at Movie Magic International in Milan and volunteered at Lago Film Fest near Treviso. She has just finished working for a Sky television series called Devils during its preproduction and production phases. She hopes to continue on her path in the film industry, writing and producing her own stories.
What made you decide to study at JCU?
After high school, I lived in New York for several months. When I got back, I decided that I wanted to get an education that would help me to pursue a career in Italy as well as abroad.
What motivated you to pursue a career in the film industry?
During my studies, I focused mainly on cinema and media studies courses and I have always wanted to pursue a career in a creative field. I have worked for art directors in different companies, while continuing to study photography, acting and directing. I have always been passionate about cinema and I think that passion is key when you choose such a difficult and challenging path.
What is it about cinema that draws you in?
The character is the first element that attracts me, then comes the story and the staging, then the dialogues. For me, the first approach to a new movie is emotional. Then, after a few weeks, I watch it again, trying to analyze the dialogue and the shots. I take pictures of the shots that in my opinion border on perfection or I write down the minute of the dialogue that I enjoyed because it didn’t explain anything but it added further meaning to the film.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your professional career? How did you overcome it?
Recently, I had a chance to work as an assistant for a film director shooting a series for Sky called Devils in Rome. Having been part of the preproduction and production of episodes 6 through 10, this experience made me realize that handling pressure is fundamental. That is the real challenge together with developing patience.
What advice would you give to students considering JCU?
If you want to have a great time while studying and you want to grow in an open-minded, international environment, JCU in Rome is the right place for you.
How did John Cabot University prepare you for your career?
John Cabot helped me to focus on what I liked to do by allowing me to explore different fields and choose the right courses for me. I felt free to learn. Thanks to John Cabot, I was able to continue my studies and earn a Master in Fine Arts in Filmmaking at Università Ca’ Foscari in Venice.
Do you have any advice for graduating students?
In the end, I think every job requires great discipline and passion. Choose what you love.