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"Shoot Me": Columbus native's short film selected as finalist in Ron Howard's Project Imaginat10n

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Columbus native Sammie Saxon, 28, says he does not think of himself as a filmmaker. However, Academy Award Winning Director Ron Howard might beg to differ.

Saxon's short film "Shoot Me" has gained him a spot as one of 20 film director finalists for Ron Howard's Project Imaginat10n. Soon, Howard and his daughter Bryce Dallas will be narrowing the finalists  down to 5 shorts to premiere at Canon's Project Imagination Film festival this Fall. 

The film follows Victoria Henley, a model and contestant in "America's Next Top Model" Cycle 19, taking the audience into a side of the modeling world that the public does not usually see. 

"I was really excited to be a part of it, because it really illustrates that side of modeling that people don't see a lot," says Henley. "It's that less-than-glamorous side, some of the quirkier parts of it, and I think it really brings some of that to light."  

"It was a bit of a surprise, because I didn't know it would go so far and get such a good reception," Saxon says. "I'm a photographer. I'm not really a filmmaker, and I was learning as I went along."

Saxon encourages aspiring filmmakers not to be afraid of negative feedback, because he says you never know who will be watching and what they will think of it.   

Henley held a modeling workshop today, August 24, giving aspiring young models in the Chattahoochee Valley area an opportunity to learn from her experience and possibly gain exposure. 

"Modeling is not a one dimensional profession, as I feel like a lot of people might think that it is," says Henley. "There are so many different things that go into it. There's so much character that goes behind a photo shoot, and I think it's really beneficial for a model to find that character and feel different emotions."  

Henley also says that her plans for these girls don't stop at the end of the session. "I want them to leave feeling great about themselves. I'm going to follow up with them about different runway shows that I'm producing, film projects that I might be producing with Sammie," she says. 

For more information about modeling workshops and projects, visit sammiesaxon.com, or contact Victoria Henley at (229)416-6841.

To watch "Shoot Me" visit this gallery of all the Project Imaginat10n finalists.

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