Ron Howard’s daughter named director of Canon’s “Project Imagin8ion”

Canon U.S.A. Inc., Lake Success, N.Y., announced actress/director Bryce Dallas Howard has been invited by Canon and her father Ron Howard to direct his latest film endeavor, “Project Imagin8ion.” The initiative is the first user-generated photo contest to serve as the foundation for a Hollywood short film, of which Ron Howard is executive producer.

Launched on May 22, “Project Imagin8ion” encourages photographers of all levels to submit photos based on a series of movie themes: Setting, Time, Character, Mood, Relationship, Goal, Obstacle and the Unknown. The contest pulled in over 8,500 photo submissions on the first day alone and aims to foster dialogue between Canon and a community of photography enthusiasts, inspiring everyone to achieve new levels of creativity.

Consumers can visit to submit photos through June 14th and to vote on the semi-finalists through June 23. Throughout the promotion, Ron Howard, Bryce Dallas Howard and production company Freestyle, with the help of Canon experts and the Project Imagin8ion community, will narrow down the submissions and ultimately select eight winning photos – one from each movie theme category – to become the basis and inspiration for a short film shot with Canon EOS DSLR cameras and lenses.

The “Project Imagin8tion” short film will premiere later this year in New York City, with the contest winners in town for a red carpet event where they will have the opportunity to meet the famous father-daughter pair.

Previously, Bryce Dallas Howard produced Gus Van Sant’s “Restless,” which is slated for September release. She has also co-written her first feature film screenplay titled “The Originals,” which is currently in development. Howard made her 2006 directorial debut with the short film “Orchids.” She was most recently seen in Clint Eastwood’s “Hereafter” and “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” and appears in two other films opening later this year.


  1. Dear Ms. Howard,
    This note will seem vague, and I am afraid, that will put you off.
    However I do have some incredible photos..probaby several thousand over the past two years.
     I am about you Dad’s age, and wife, mother, grandmother..and moving in an incredible spiritual adventure these last few years.
    To use a line from the movie “Avatar” , I seem to be able to photo..”where the eye does not see”, or most eyes. I have been very careful with my photos, and at this time have been getting my first set copyrighted, watermarked, or encrypted to protect them. ( I hope) .
    I feel I am suppose to share these ..use them for good somehow. They are quite mystic and unbelivable.
    I have gut feelings about them..and seem to have guides or spirits that work with me.
    I know this sounds bizzare, but my life has been a E ticket ride for about four years now.
    I do not have to SEE to believe…and I am sure I am to share, this wonderful “gift” that has been given me.
    I will NOT put this on the web…but do want to share this, but the right way, and in a positive way.
    If you trust your feelings..or have good intuitve senses, know that I am very serious about this project.
    I would love to talk to someone YOU trust….and will show you or your agent…what I have.
    The category would certainly be “Unkown”.
    Again I appolgise for all the mystery, but I surely want to do this right…or not at all.
    Oh, sadly enough….I do not have a Cannon camera, however I am sure that my energy will draw same photos, to a Cannon. I hope.
    If any of this interest you, please feel free to mail me..certified mail.
    P.O. Box
    Highland City, Fl 3386
    P.S. I know this is a “stretch”!..but I just saw  the t.v. add…….and my head said to go for it.
    Now when I hear…things..I listen. lol.