The 5 Film Contest Winners!

Posted by Project Imaginat10n 09/18/2013 04:44PM

After weeks of intense deliberation, Ron Howard and Bryce Dallas Howard have selected the 5 Film Contest Winners. Congratulations to these inspiring filmmakers!

These amazing films will join the Celebrity Directors' at the Project Imaginat10n Film Festival this Fall. But you can watch all 5 right here on the site.


"Dominus" - Arrius Sorbonne
"A Day in the Country" - Kalman Apple
"Chucked" - Jared Nelson
"Here and Now" - Julian Higgins
"Filter" - Ronnie Allman

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The 20 Finalists have been announced!

Posted by Project Imaginat10n 08/19/2013 09:19AM

After receiving a flood of imaginative film entries from filmmakers across the country, we are thrilled to announce the 20 Film Contest Finalists!

Now it's up to Ron Howard and Bryce Dallas Howard to select the 5 winning films that will screen alongside the Celebrity Directors' films at the Project Imaginat10n Film Festival later this Fall.

Check out the incredible creativity and narrative storytelling of the 20 Film Contest Finalists here as well as the photos that inspired them. [...]

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Discover Your inner filmmaker with the EOS 70D and EOS Rebel SL1

Posted by Project Imaginat10n 08/16/2013 02:02PM

Just because the Project Imaginat10n Film Contest is wrapping up, doesn't mean you can't keep exercising your creativity. You can still discover your inner filmmaker with the amazing Full HD video technology available in the entire EOS line of Canon DSLR cameras, including the 70D and Rebel SL1. Visit Canon's website to learn more how the 70D and Rebel SL1 can elevate your creativity.

And be sure to watch the simple yet inspiring filmmaking tips of Director of [...]

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5 days left to submit!

Posted by Project Imaginat10n 07/18/2013 09:41AM

Creative film submissions to the Project Imaginat10n Film Contest have been pouring in, but it's not over yet. There's still time for you to submit your imaginative film entry. The Film Contest officially closes at 6:00 AM PT on July 23rd. Don't risk it all and wait until the last minute! Give yourself plenty of time to ensure that you can re-submit your entry, if for some reason something goes wrong during the file upload process.

As you know by now, [...]

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The new EOS Rebel SL1

Posted by Project Imaginat10n 06/06/2013 10:03AM

Introducing the world's smallest and lightest DSLR camera,* the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 digital SLR camera. Approximately 25% smaller and 28% lighter than the EOS Rebel T4i, yet still delivers the amazing quality you expect from a Canon DSLR. It's never been easier to take your imagination with you.

The unique Movie Servo autofocus of the EOS Rebel SL1 combined with STM lenses gives you smooth, quiet and effortless tracking of moving subjects. And the new autofocus system helps achieve faster, [...]

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The Film Contest: Shooting Tips Ep. 2

Posted by Project Imaginat10n 05/16/2013 03:59PM

If you missed Andre Lascaris' first webisode about gear and equipment, take a look here. In Andre's second webisode, he takes you into more detail in setting up your camera for shooting. He walks you through frame rates, white balance, focus, exposure and shutter speed. He even throws in a few tips for shooting scenes with multiperson dialogue.

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The Film Contest: Shooting Tips Ep. 1

Posted by Project Imaginat10n 05/14/2013 11:27AM

Bryce Dallas Howard has already shared some Project Imaginat10n Film Contest tips with you, but her former Director of Photography on when you find me, Andre Lascaris, has volunteered to share some of his own expert tips.

Whether you're shooting your film with a single DSLR or a more complex setup, Andre has advice on types of gear, tripods and lighting that can dramatically improve your production. He's even got a trick or two up his [...]

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Announcing the Film Contest

Posted by Project Imaginat10n 04/12/2013 06:17PM

This time around, we're setting out to prove Ron Howard's very own words, "we're all creative." Canon and Ron Howard present Project Imaginat10n: The Film Contest.

After a wave of submissions to the 10 key storytelling themes, the 91 winning photographs have been chosen. These photos will now shape the films of our 5 Celebrity Directors - Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Biz Stone, Georgina Chapman and James Murphy.

But the project continues. We still need 5 more films to [...]

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10. Be the Director

Posted by Project Imaginat10n 11/11/2012 02:00PM

There you have it. A list of tips and techniques to think about when taking your photographs. The only thing left to do is put them all together.

The more you take control of your photography and attempt to use or combine these elements - Lighting, Zoom, Angles, Focus, Speed - the more you'll start taking better photographs.

Photography is about "the moment" - [...]

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9. Background

Posted by Project Imaginat10n 11/09/2012 01:30PM

Most photos make an attempt to draw a viewer's focus to a particular point, but you don't want that to accidentally be your poorly considered background. All too often, photos can suffer from a lack of attention to the background. When you frame a shot, make sure there's nothing distracting from the photograph itself - light posts seemingly growing out of someone's head, for example.

Avoiding a bad background is step one. Purposefully crafting a beautiful background is step two. We've [...]

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8. Angles

Posted by Project Imaginat10n 11/07/2012 11:15AM

We've been trained to view the world in a particular way, and because of that, we typically look at our surroundings straight on. But we can probably agree that life is always more interesting if you look down from a high place or up from a low place. Photography is no different. Framing your photo with an unconventional angle or perspective will make it stand out from the crowd.

If you have a particular situation or setting that you think could [...]

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7. Lighting - Part II

Posted by Project Imaginat10n 11/05/2012 01:30PM

Our last post introduced you to exposure and lighting basics, but in addition to exposure, there are a few other features of light that you might want to consider when looking for great photo opportunities.

Quality of light refers to how hard or soft your light source is. Large light sources (like an overcast sky) tend to create softer, ambient light that will produce images with softer shadows. Fog and clouds can also do [...]

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6. Lighting - Part I

Posted by Project Imaginat10n 11/03/2012 12:30PM

When photographers talk about exposure, they're talking about a measure of the light collected by your camera's sensor when it takes a picture. If a photo is exposed too long, it will look washed out; too short and you'll be stuck with a dark photo. The three common exposure controls on a camera are shutter speed, aperture and ISO.

In past posts, we've already touched on shutter speed and aperture, but the concept of [...]

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5. Speed

Posted by Project Imaginat10n 11/01/2012 12:00PM

Photography is about capturing a moment in time, and the faster you can capture that moment, the clearer it will be. Today, we’re talking about shutter speed.

Shutter speed refers to the actual amount of time it takes to capture an image. Although speeds like 1/60 or 1/125 are adequate for most typical snapshots, there are certain situations that may call for faster shutter speeds.

If you’re trying to capture quick or fast-moving action moments – people or animals [...]

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4. Focus and Depth of Field

Posted by Project Imaginat10n 10/30/2012 10:30AM

Hopefully you read our first three posts about holding your camera properly, the Rule of Thirds, and Zoom, but today we want to touch on Focus and Depth of Field.

If you’re just starting out and using autofocus, chances are that when you take a photo, the entire image will be in focus. But if you’ve got the know-how to adjust your focus, it could make for more beautiful images.

First, you [...]

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3. Zoom

Posted by Project Imaginat10n 10/28/2012 05:29PM

Let’s start simple. Zoom means getting closer, getting personal. And zoom can have a profound impact on the emotion you convey with your photos. Think about it this way - if you want the person viewing your photo to feel emotionally closer to your subject, you probably need to get physically closer to your subject. 

When dealing with digital cameras, the zoom that is most important (and most often referred to) is optical zoom. Optical zoom uses the camera [...]

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2. Rule of Thirds

Posted by Project Imaginat10n 10/26/2012 12:47PM

Any photographer will tell you that one of the most basic tenets of visual composition is that when we first see an image, we tend to notice certain things more than others. Our eyes follow paths and rules throughout images, and one of the most well known of these is the Rule of Thirds.

The Rule of Thirds is a technique that "draws" four intersecting lines equally spaced through an image. If [...]

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1. How to Hold

Posted by Project Imaginat10n 10/23/2012 04:15PM

Before we get into any techniques, tips, and tricks of the trade, we first have to talk about the camera itself. Whether you’re using a point-and-shoot like a Canon PowerShot model or a higher-end DSLR, there are very simple things you can do to make sure you’re holding your camera properly. Because, let’s face it – no one wants a blurry photo.

DSLR cameras may be heavier and bulkier than P&S cameras, but they’re [...]

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Posted by Project Imaginat10n 08/15/2012 11:22AM

Thank you so much for participating in Project Imaginat10n. 

We at Canon are in awe of the incredible passion, skill and creativity that's been unveiled. And after a tidal wave of submissions, we're thrilled to announce that the 91 winning photos have been decided by the Project Imaginat10n community and Ron Howard. 

Visit the gallery to view the winning photos and see if your favorites made the cut. And stay tuned to see which photos will be chosen by our Celebrity [...]

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Welcome to Project Imagination

Posted by Project Imaginat10n 08/14/2012 09:00AM

Last year, many of you joined Canon on an incredible adventure with Project Imagin8ion. And nearly 100,000 photos later, Ron Howard and his daughter Bryce Dallas Howard turned your inspiring photographs into a stunning short film - when you find me.

Now we're back with an even bigger project, and we want to see more of your photographs, your creativity and your imagination. Today, Canon is proud to present Project Imaginat10n, and this time, 5 creative icons have [...]

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