Fashion designer and actress Georgina Chapman has chosen an Oklahoma photographer's whimsical image to inspire her short film in Ron Howard's “Project Imaginat10n.”
Edmond resident Brittany Johnson's “Her Throne Was Magic,” which depicts a little girl bathed in silvery light holding court with a pack of stuffed animals underneath a stately tree, will influence the character of Chapman's mini-movie.
“I am so incredibly happy and honored to be a part of something so amazing,” Johnson said in an email last month after she was announced as a “Project Imaginat10n” winner. “The goal for my photography has always been to tell a story, to make you feel an emotion and to inspire you.”
The nationwide “Project Imaginat10n” photo contest is part of the ongoing “Long Live Imagination” partnership between Canon U.S.A. and Howard, the Oscar-winning director who was born in Duncan.
Canon representatives, Howard and a public vote selected 91 winners, including two Oklahomans, for “Project Imaginat10n,” in which 10 celebrity filmmakers each will use 10 of the winning photos to inspire a short film.
In addition to Chapman, four other celebrities already have been chosen to direct “Project Imaginat10n” shorts: Academy Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx; Golden Globe-nominated actress Eva Longoria (“Desperate Housewives”); Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter; and singer/songwriter/producer James Murphy.
Chapman, the wife of Oscar-winning producer Harvey Weinstein, is the designer and co-founder of the Marchesa fashion label. Her “Project Imaginat10n” mini-movie will mark her debut as a film director.
All five short films will go into production between this fall and spring 2013 and will premiere at a special “Project Imaginat10n” Film Festival. Five additional directors will be announced at a later date, according to a news release.
For “Project Imaginat10n,” 10 winning photographs were chosen from the thousands submitted in nine different storytelling categories: Character, Mood, Goal, Backstory, Setting, Obstacle, Relationship, The Unknown and Time. Howard personally picked the victor in the Discovery category — “Unparalled” by Jennifer Harris, of New Orleans — and that photo will provide a thematic tie for all the celebrities' short films.