Missouri State University
Thomas Romainville

Thomas Romainville

  • Major: Mass Media
  • High School: Seymour High School, Mo.
  • Hometown: Moxhe, Belgium

Once he came to the Ozarks, this rising filmmaker didn't want to leave

From a European village, to small-town Ozarks life, he's found his passion and home at MSU. 

A castle and the Amish: ways of life

Thomas Romainville hardly qualifies as a newcomer to southwest Missouri, despite being over 4,000 miles from home.

Romainville traveled from his small hometown, Moxhe, Belgium – a village of under 700 residents featuring a castle – to Seymour, Missouri – a small Missouri town of approximately 2,000 known for a large Amish community – during his high school years as an exchange student.

While in Seymour, he developed an affinity for the region and began exploring his options for higher education.

His path to MSU

Ozarks Technical Community College spoke to Romainville, who wanted to begin his studies with general education. Once he completed his studies at OTC, he knew he wanted to pursue a degree at Missouri State University in digital film production.

“I heard Missouri State had fantastic campus life and that made me want to come here to pursue my studies in film.”

Becoming connected, staying engaged

Now a member of the media, journalism and film department, Romainville participates in on-campus film productions, is a member of the student affairs council film committee and Phi Theta Kappa, and is on the executive board of the International Public Affairs Leaders (iPALs).

He was recognized as distinguished international Phi Theta Kappa member in 2016. One of his productions won best cinematography at the 2017 OTC Film Festival. Participation in campus organizations and community events has helped him prepare for his career in the industry. 

“I have met tons of people in my field and my network has grown in an incredible way. I’ve developed my skills in film-making and now I understand the tricks to getting into the industry.”

Go big, or stay local?

"Don’t be shy – explore and make friends!"

Romainville hopes to use those skills to potentially make a big move to Los Angeles or Atlanta, two top cities for film production – but he would also consider staying in Springfield to start his own freelance business.

He follows his own best advice to new #InternationalBears arriving at Missouri State University:

“Do as much as you can, try new things, get out of your comfort zone and in the end you’ll have a fabulous experience here at Missouri State.”