Short Film Of The Day: The Dazzling, Fifty-Dollar Soft-Focus Sci-Fi of ‘The Camera’

Why Watch? From its delicate shot composition to an emotionally stirring score, Peter Lewis‘s The Camera is a crash course in great filmmaking. It’s got a tinge of Twilight Zone to it done by way of picture postcard presence where a young woman finds an old camera that seems to have a unique, slightly ominous skill. Far from hard-boiled Serling style, it’s a tone poem that takes its cues from the  coastal water’s edge and the solitude of a lone cabin in the sand.

Plus, it’s inspirational to boot. In his own words, Lewis “made it because I love all the different aspects of moviemaking, because I was tired of my fear of failure, and because I wanted to see what would happen if I just finished one. Maybe this will lead to bigger and better films; maybe not. Either way I learned something.” He also made it for fifty bucks. Money well spent.

Bravo. Now go out and follow his example. Or just keep supporting those that do.

What will it cost? Only 7 minutes.

Skip Work. You’ve Got Time For More Short Films.

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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