by Steve Pivnick
81st Medical Group Public Affairs
6/29/2011 - KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- Airman 1st Class Lance Morgan hopes to turn an interest in photography into a Ron Howard film production.
The 81st Diagnostics and Therapeutics Squadron medical laboratory technician is a finalist in a photography contest, "Project Imagin8ion," a competition that will use contest entries to inspire a Hollywood short film. Howard will serve as the film short's executive producer and his daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard, will direct.
Airman Morgan learned he's now a finalist after online voting ended June 23.
"I have moved on from being a semifinalist to a finalist," Airman Morgan said. "Now I'm competing with 10 others to be the No. 1 photo in our category. Ron Howard is selecting one of our photos, which will be a grand finalist. I believe there will be eight grand finalists, one person from each of the eight categories."
He believes the final selection will be made by the end of July.
The Port Edwards, Wis., native said he came across the contest on YouTube.
"I submitted a bunch of photos and had one that made it to the semfinals. The photo was taken in Daytona, Fla., where I was on vacation with some family and friends. I was out in the water and saw an interesting cloud coming into view and then a wave coming in. I thought this would make a great photo and I took it."
Airman Morgan enlisted in the Air Force in September 2008. He was assigned to Keesler in February 2010 following completion of Phase II training at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.