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Ron Howard, Twitter team up for film project
If you always wanted that picture of your sandwich that you posted on Twitter to star in a movie, your time has finally come: Twitter founder Biz Stone is one of five celebrities teaming up with Academy Award winner and Armonk resident Ron Howard's Project Imagination initiative to direct films based on user-submitted photos.
Joining Stone as directors in the project are Howard's "Blame It" buddy Jamie Foxx, actress Eva Longoria, fashion designer Georgina Chapman and LCD Soundsystem founder James Murphy. Project Imagination is Howard's collaboration with camera company Canon, which already has greenlit short films based on audience participation.
Stone chatted with technology website VentureBeat about the project, saying the endeavor will allow him to interact with his own users in a new way.
"I also think that Hollywood can benefit from social media and from Silicon Valley, because the feedback loops get tighter," Stone told VentureBeat. "And we get to see, well, 'What do people really want to see? What are people talking about? What's on people's minds?' These are the kinds of things that can inform next season's programming in television or documentary films or these sorts of thigns. Generally, the more that people who have the ability to express themselves online leads to sort of art-imitates-life, life-imitates-art sort of situation."
Today is the last day for users to submit photos for Project Imagination consideration. To suggest a photo to Stone, tweet it with the hashtag "#InspireBiz." For more information about Project Imagination, click here.
We're wondering when Howard will find the time to do this, exactly, since he's spent recent weeks paying tribute to a TV icon at the Grammys, working on the new season of "Arrested Development" and directing his Jay-Z documentary. But given Howard's reputation, we have reason to believe he'll do a good job with everything on his to-do list.