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Daily Inspiration: Meet Giulia Governo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Giulia Governo.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I was born-and-raised “Torinese”. I grew up under the Mole Antoneliana in the magical city of Turin, Italy. Where I was exposed to a multitude of art and architecture from Roman to Baroque to Contemporary. Even at the tender age of six, I found my surroundings extremely fascinating and wanted to learn more about the artists who created them. I was always nagging my parents to take me to the Egyptian museum over and over again. I loved history – the more ancient the better – visiting museums gave me the opportunity to escape my reality. It was my safe place where no one could make fun of me or put me down. At eight years old, I was diagnosed with dyslexia. It was a difficult time, as third grade is an important year for Italian students; it is when a child starts to use a pen instead of a pencil. Everyone is scared and exhilarated at the same time because “you are a big kid now”. As a dyslexic, I was allowed to continue using a pencil and that initiated the bullying.

For the first time, I felt being different was bad. I wanted so desperately to belong, but everything I liked was uncool, like watching Schindler’s List over Nightmare on Elm Street or playing board games on a Saturday night instead of going clubbing. With time I gained an appreciation for my uniqueness and through the years, I learned how to translate my perspective into art forms. I expressed myself by painting with the light and exploring the meta-actions that reveal the depth of humanity. While I was studying photography at the European Institute of Design, I first encountered what would become the perfect medium for my creativity: Cinematography! I adore photography; however, I really enjoy and thrive in the collaborative process of filmmaking; creating emotional impact for the audience through lighting and using the camera to communicate the underlying feelings of a story. That’s what lead me here, to Los Angeles, to turn my dream into my reality.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Being a foreign Cinematographer in Los Angeles has been a winding and bumpy road, the kind of roads that you drive around the Alps, scary and fun; from getting your visa to learning how to fully express yourself in another language, living in a new culture and creating a new social circle. Gratefully, I just obtained my second visa for my artistic merits as a Cinematographer and I’m really proud of it. However, navigating the bureaucracy to get my visa has not been easy. It was extremely stressful waiting; it took months to receive my approved visa. I felt as if I was living under “the sword of Damocles” scared that I may have to go back to Italy. I won’t even mention the heavy price tag to apply for a visa. When I moved to L.A. I knew I needed to be strong enough to be my own support system until I was able to find my new tribe. It was a difficult task for me since I can be shy, however, I pushed myself out of my comfort zone. I began volunteering for American Cinematheque, Food Regional Bank, Society of Camera Operators, and more. I even organized several networking events. I love my LA family! Although there haven’t been as many jobs due to the pandemic, I got the opportunity to stretch my creative muscles on a music video, commercial, and industrial educational series. I also took this rare opportunity to calm my mind with meditation, yoga, and exercise to be ready to hold my beloved 20-lbs Steadicam!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a cinematographer-camera operator specialized in camera movement. I’m known for my “Eye”, my skill to frame in a meaningful and beautiful way, and to move the camera to help with telling the story. In my work, I fuse European and American cinematic language together. I like to merge my light and camera work with the story to transport the audience into the atmosphere and the world of the story without them being consciously aware of my work. My body of work varies from thrillers such as Unkindness of a Raven to coming-of-age like Broken Angels, passing by the impressionistic Zelma’s Unfinished Business and the social spotlight A Modern Proposal. What sets me apart from others is my way to see the world and the ability to show new perspectives to the viewers. I love to tell stories that are uplifting, heartwarming, and inspiring with characters that stay true to themself. I want to evoke emotions, give hope and encourage people, as others have done for me. What I enjoy the most in my work are the creative collaborations, the passion of everyone involved, and that every project is a new challenge.

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
I think the movie industry is going to see a change of mentality in the next few years. First of all, it is going to be more and more diverse both in front of and behind the camera. We will see more and more women in key positions and it is going to become the norm instead of the exception. Secondly, for a while due to Covid-19, we will see a reduction in the number of people in the crew and a slower pace in the shooting in a day due to changes in the workflow. Finally, low-budget productions are going to go through a big transformation due to new Covid-19 protocols. My hope is that all these new restrictions are going to give a creative positive push to the industry and that the result of this is a bigger variety in the way stories are told.

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1st photo Real Orange Studio

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