The Camera, a Short Film by Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis is a designer, creative director, brand strategist, and musician, working for a consulting firm in the Washington, D.C. area. He lives in Virginia with his wife and two children. The Camera is Peter's first film (about 8-minutes long).


In an abandoned beach house, a solitary girl finds a mysterious camera that reveals something unexpected.

Aside from a few unfinished running-around-in-the-woods-with-guns experiments from my early teens, this is my first film. I made it because I love the multidisciplinary bent of filmmaking, because I was tired of my fear of failure, and because I wanted to see what would happen if I just finished one.

The story was largely born from its constraints. It had to be doable in my free time, and I had to be able to shoot it during my vacation in Nags Head, NC—with a budget of only $50, to cover the props. Beyond that, I’ve always loved simple stories about regular people, told with a mysterious undercurrent and a twist or two, and I love working with light. So I wanted to come up with a concept that would not only work within limitations, but use them to my advantage.

Some have asked about Emily; the film wasn’t written about her (she passed away while it was in post-production), but she was a dear friend of my family and many others, and it was an honor to dedicate it to her memory.