The lens of a still-shot camera and a motion picture camera are one and the same, each capturing and preserving, with the snap of a shutter or the turn of the film reel, a moment in time.

Despite the fundamental similarity, the two genres have occupied detached spaces of the art world-until now, when one local artist is helping make history through a national project to connect photography and film.

Sale Creek photographerMisty Fugatejoins a select class whose work was chosen to spark the narrative of a film as part ofProject Imaginat10n, a venture led by Canon and Director Ron Howard.

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Fugate’s eerily-and equally-beautiful and harrowing piece “Predator” earned a spot in the backstory category for fashion designer and co-founder of the label Marchesa Georgina Chapman’s film. Production for the project will begin in 2013 and premiere at the Canon Project Imaginat10n Film Festival next year.

Sharing a lens
Now in its second year, the Canon-Howard partnership grew out of a particular assertion by the award-winning child-actor turned director.

Howard-who is best-known for his roles in “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Happy Days” and his work behind the camera on films such as “Apollo 13,” “A Beautiful Mind” and “Frost/Nixon”-and the camera company set out to prove that truly inspiring creativity was not the sole property of the elite art world, but a possibility for everyone.

Project Imagin8ion collected photographic submissions taken with a Canon camera from all over the U.S. in eight categories, representing the eight elements of storytelling. The eight winners together became the creative guide for a short film directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, working under the mentorship of her father.

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“When You Find Me” emerged from last year’s contest